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. Read more about the story of Nijmegen School of Management.


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.

Woman tends to washing hanging on the porch of her wooden shack on stilts in Indonesia

Resilient Indonesian Slums Envisioned (RISE)

To help slums in Indonesia become more resilient to the threat of water-related disasters, social scientists at the RISE project develop inclusive solutions on the basis of research into social-ecological interactions

Man met stressbal in zijn hand

Refugees find work faster thanks to preventive mental health care

Participation of refugees lags significantly behind that of other migrant groups and Dutch natives. To ensure better job market participation among this group, we must also focus on their mental health.

Construction - GS4S project

Global Strategy for Skills, Migration, and Development (GS4S)

GS4S seeks to better understand global skills shortages in selected sectors and strengthens evidence-based policies through new evidence on various overlooked global mobility schemes.

Contact information


Elinor Ostrom building

Heyendaalseweg 141
6525AJ Nijmegen
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