For best experience please turn on javascript and use a modern browser!

Academic staff

Political Geography (MSc)

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.

Virginie Mamadouh
Virginie Mamadouh

Virginie Mamadouh 

Virginie Mamadouh is Associate Professor of Political and Cultural Geography which she has been teaching since 1996 at the department of Geography, Planning and International Development at the University of Amsterdam. She graduated with a degree in political geography from the UvA, where she also completed her PhD. Her PhD thesis dealt with urban social movements in Amsterdam (De stad in eigen hand, 1992). She is the editor of the academic journal Geopolitics.

Her research interests pertain to multiscalar political geographies; urban questions; geopolitics; new media, transnationalism, migration and territorial identities; European integration; and multilingualism. She teaches political geography and geopolitics, mostly in relation to the European Union.

Just published:

Virginie Mamadouh & Herman van der Wusten (2019) Europese Kwesties. Het functioneren van de EU in kaart gebracht. Uitgeverij Bruyltuyn.

Robert C. Kloosterman, Virginie Mamadouh & Pieter Terhorst, eds (2018) Handbook on the Geographies of Globalisation. Edward Elgar.

Virginie Mamadouh & Anne van Wageningen, eds. (2016) Urban Europe: Fifty tales of the city. Amsterdam University Press.

Herman van der Wusten & Virginie Mamadouh (2015) Geopolitiek. Amsterdam University Press.

John Agnew, Virginie Mamadouh, Anna Secor and Joanne Sharp, eds. (2015) The Wiley Blackwell Companion to Political Geography. Wiley Blackwell.

UvA webpage Virginie Mamadouh


Other lecturers in this track are:

dr. Inge van der Welle is member of the department Geography & Planning and has expertise in: National Politics, International Relations and Race, Ethnicity and Politics.

UvA webpage Inge van der Welle

Jeroen van Pelt
Jeroen van Pelt

Study Adviser/ Programme Coordinator

Jeroen van Pelt is Study Adviser of Human Geography.

"The UvA is the only university in the Netherlands offering Political Geography as a specialisation. Amsterdam,  with its culturally and linguistically diverse population and transnationally involved in multiscalar politics, is a great place to conduct research in Political Geography. It hosts a dense network of NGOs and is close to major sites of international governance (The Hague and Brussels). Moreover the Netherlands is an active player in EU politics, in the EU-US transatlantic alliance, and in global politics.

Involved academic staff members include Dr Virginie Mamadouh, Dr Inge van der Welle, Dr Rivke Jaffe and Dr Yves van Leynseele. Education in Political Geography is partly combined with the other tracks of Human Geography: Economic, Environmental and Urban 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 within a year (80%)."