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Professor at faculty of spatial sciences at Groningen University
Professor in Rural Development at Groningen University since 2005. Bachelor & Master Economics, Groningen (1976,1979), PhD. Economics University of Amsterdam (2000). Worked in different faculties at Groningen University (1979 – 1983 and 1988-), and at the Agricultural Economics Research Institute (LEI The Hague) (1983-1988). In the past he published on economic and spatial aspects of agriculture, and rural issues. Since 2005 he specialized in rural development issues, with the focus on sense of place and social innovation. Supervisor fourteen PhD-students on various rural topics (mobility, accessibility, residential behaviour, place attachment, social innovation, broadband access, migration, access to facilities. etc.). Participated and participates in various EU-projects (H2020, Interreg, etc.). Chair of Scientific council of the environmental studies institute of Oldenburg University (Germany). Visiting Professor of Rural Development at School of Geography, University of Lincoln, UK (2017-2020).