The Master’s programme in Human Geography (Sociale Geografie) is organised by the Graduate School of Social Sciences of the University of Amsterdam.
The academic staff of this programme is actively involved in research; most of them at the Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research (AISSR) of the University of Amsterdam.
Niels Beerepoot is assistant professor in Economic Geography. He graduated in International Economics and Economic Geography from Utrecht University. His PhD research (completed in 2005) at the University of Amsterdam focused on collective learning in small enterprise clusters in the Philippines. His current research focuses on the pattern of service sector driven growth in Asia, with a specific focus on the Philippines and India.
Niels' teaching and research interests are in: Economic globalisation, global production networks in services, the economic rise of Asia and the emergence of the new Asian middle class.
"Studying in Amsterdam gives you the opportunity to become involved in ongoing research projects closely related to your master track. Both in Amsterdam and abroad you can test the link between theory and practice."
Other lecturers in this track are:
Dennis Arnold is assistant professor of Economic Geography. He earned a PhD in Geography at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with training in political economy and development studies. He has extensive research experience in Cambodia, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam, as an academic and through years of work with NGOs and trade unions. His current research looks at labour and migration, socio-economic rights in global apparel production networks, and the geo-economics of borders and cross-border regionalism.
Prof. dr. Ewald Engelen is Full Professor of Financial and Economic Geography and Planning at the University of Amsterdam.
Jeroen van Pelt is Study Adviser of Human Geography.
"Studying Economic Geography at the UvA means studying in the vibrant city of Amsterdam, a major hub in the world economic system, with the important European airport of Schiphol and the port of Rotterdam as nearby gateways. Amsterdam is a great place to conduct research in the very heart of the globalising world.
Academic staff members include Prof. Robert Kloosterman, Dr Dennis Arnold and Dr Niels Beerepoot. Some of the courses for Economic Geography are offered jointly with the other tracks of Human Geography: Urban, Environmental and Political Geography. However, most of the education takes place in small groups. This leads to small-scale research communities in which staff and students work closely together in a less formal and more open environment. This personal way of teaching contributes to the high rates of graduation (80%) within a year."