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Study interactions between geography and economics

The minor focuses on spatial aspects of economic activity and economic aspects of space.

This includes studying (a selection of) the following issues: 

Dynamics of spatial planning; trends and determinants of urbanization; smart cities; geography of declining regions; the behaviour of the government as an actor in economic processes; The role of international trade, migration and capital flows in driving globalization and regional integration; location behaviour of firms and people; economic valuation of nature reserves; the impact of socio-economic processes, spatial policy and bio-physical conditions on land use change; the interaction between economic growth and environmental pressure; the resource curse; road pricing; the economics of flooding; the interaction between geography and institutions in driving regional economic growth.

Overview courses

  • Public Economics

    The free market does not always deliver socially optimal outcomes. In such situations where markets fail, there is a potential role for government intervention. At the same time, government intervention can also have (sometimes unintended) side effects. In this course, the many aspects of government intervention in the economic process including its logic and legitimacy are discussed.

  • Research Seminar Spatial Economics

    Research Seminar Spatial Economics gives you an introduction into state-of-the-art research on urban and regional topics.

  • Sociale Geografie I (in Dutch)

    The programme consists of lectures addressing geographical topics at different spatial levels.

  • Urban Economics and Real Estate

    This course in Urban and Real Estate Economics addresses the relationship between urban land, real estate and economic development. It links economic theory to urban and real estate issues, and it links real estate to a broader context of urban growth and economic development.

  • Land-Use Change

    Studies of land-use change incorporate concepts and knowledge from a wide range of disciplines. Geography, as a spatial science, contributes significantly to the understanding of land-use change whilst demography and economics help explain underlying trends. Model building relies heavily on mathematics and (geographical) information science, but also includes many elements from the softer sciences, such as management studies and environmental science. This course offers a cross-sectional overview of methods, tools and current research progress in the analysis of land-use change.