Geography, Spatial Planning and Environment Department

Our living environment is constantly changing, and this creates societal challenges. The Department of Geography, Spatial Planning and Environment (GPM) focuses on the question of how individuals and society, whether nearby or far away, interact with their living environments. Geographers analyse the relationship between the activities of individuals, businesses and institutions and their spatial environments; spatial planners decide how to intervene in spatial developments; and environmental scientists mainly study the consequences for nature and the environment and how we can attain sustainable societies. Considering they all explore the same themes from different perspectives and often work together professionally, at Radboud they are united in one department.


The research of the section Geography, Planning and Environment seeks to provide deep understandings of how places, from the local to global level, are politically and materially shaped, experienced and governed, and to contribute to the development of more sustainable and equitable places. Our research programme is embedded in the Institute for Management Research. View all publications here.

Research in the picture

Some of the news, research projects and events of the Department of Geography, Spatial Planning and Environment are featured below. View the full news overview, all ongoing projects and staff from the department here.

Protestbord Climate Action Now. Afbeelding van Filmbetrachter van Pixabay

Radboud University will lead a research consortium on high-integrity voluntary climate action towards a net zero world

Prof. Birka Wicke and dr. Sander Chan will identify opportunities to strengthen and scale up high-integrity voluntary climate action in order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions at a global scale.

Nijmegen Sint-Stevenskerk

VIA Participatietraject Nijmegen (VIA participation process)

This project sought to understand how the VIA participation process in the Municipality of Nijmegen contributes to higher levels or participation in society through work, both voluntary and paid.


Erwin van der Krabben explores the willingness to pay for climate adaptation

Erwin van der Krabben, together with Alex Lord and James H. Spencer, explored the willingness of private real estate developers to contribute to urban climate adaptation in vulnerable coastal areas: Charleston, Liverpool and Rotterdam.

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