Tracks

Track description: 

The Human Geography programme offers four different tracks. Two of the tracks mainly focus on urban geography, while the other two focus on economic geography. There are also courses common to both tracks, such as the starting course Urban Futures. On the basis of elective courses, you can also put together your own track, combining elements of both specialisations.

Track title: 
Urban Geography: Neighbourhoods & Residential Dynamics

Track description: 

The first urban geography track is about relocations between different living environments over time and the consequences of these relocations for cities and neighbourhoods. The interaction between the housing market, the labour market and relocations of inhabitants is the main focus.

 

You will search for answers to questions such as:

  • Who decides to live where? Is it a neighbourhood containing similar people or preferably a mixed community?
  • What does this new influx mean for the image of cities and neighbourhoods? And for the social cohesion between groups?
  • What kinds of encounters occur in cities and neighbourhoods that are becoming increasingly diverse?

Track title: 
Urban Geography: Daily Life & Public Spaces

Track description: 

The second urban geography track focuses on daily life. In this track, you learn who participates in which work, shopping and leisure activities. You take a close look at the routes and locations used by inhabitants and visitors. You also take into account the fact that the access to and quality of public spaces containing facilities are not always equally distributed.

 

You pose questions such as:

  • What does the unequal distribution of public spaces mean for social diversity, encounters with 'others' and social networks?
  • What influence does this inequality have on processes of social inclusion and exclusion, the liveability of neighbourhoods and cities, and the health of city dwellers?
  • How can you change mobility and daily activities and experiences with redevelopment and restructuring?

Track title: 
Economic Geography: Business & Location

Track description: 

With the first economic geography track, you will specialise in entrepreneurship - from large multinational corporations to small-scale local business activity and start-ups. Regardless of whether you are examining old or new companies, or small or large ones, the main focus is the spatial conditions for their arrival or creation on the one hand, and the spatial consequences of their business activity on the other.

 

You will reflect on questions such as:

  • How do companies, internationalisation and regional development affect each other?
  • What does entrepreneurship mean for neighbourhoods?
  • How can we explain the regional variation of starting and young companies and their chances of survival?

Track title: 
Economic Geography: Regional Development & Policy

Track description: 

In the second economic geography track, you study the life cycle of regions. There are many traditionally industrial areas in Europe with a different resilience that attracts or develops new business activity. In parallel to this, other urban regions compete with each other to attract investments and stimulate innovation.

 

You will seek to answer the following questions:

  • How can you strengthen the traditionally industrial areas in Europe and what role can the European Union play in this?
  • Who profits in the innovation competition - the large regions, through scale or agglomeration benefits, or rather the small regions, by being embedded in urban networks?
  • What are the effects of the sometimes inconsistent EU regional policy? How does regional lobbying work in order to change this policy?