World in hand

Master's specialisation | Joint programme optionalNew Economic Geographies, Ecologies and Business Innovation

Study the roles and features of local and regional economies in the light of major economic, ecological and financial challenges the world is facing.

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Something for you?

  • Our approach is highly multidisciplinary including related fields as economic geography, economics, business studies, and environmental studies.
  • You will receive a thorough training to study local-global interaction conceptually and analytically.
  • We discuss the (re)organisation of value chains, business models, and economic governance. 
  • You will take part in fundamental discussions on sustainability, globalisation, inequality, technology, and capitalism.
  • This programme has an above-average score compared to the national average on three or more of the five core subjects (Source: Keuzegids). 
Why study this programme?

Admission requirements

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The programme helps you understand all the different social dynamics that exist in the world we live in, how these dynamics interact and how they shape our society.
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What will you learn

Local and regional economies are changing in the face of pressing societal challenges. In collaboration with the business school and environmental studies, this specialisation studies economic development and prospects at the local and regional level through the lens of business models, value chains, stakeholder involvement and governance. You will explore how local economies can meet challenges of sustainability, rising inequality, disruptive technologies, and the twin trends of spatial clustering and globalisation. You will debate the future of capitalism, the prospects for innovation, and the building of a ‘circular economy’, amongst others.

Study programme

Future career opportunities

This specialisation hands you the scientific insights and practical skills for a professional career in jobs such as:

  • Business coordinator fostering collaborative innovation with local research centres and other stakeholders
  • Practitioner or consultant working in regional projects on sustainable innovation and circular economy
  • Consultant for a multinational business regarding the reorganisation and greening of supply chains
  • Policy advisor at a government institution fostering sustainable regional-economic development

Career prospects


To indicate the type of research in this specialisation, a few examples:

  • What is the relationship between local and global development?
  • What is the role of network universities for regional development?
  • What are economic impacts of shrinking regions?
  • What are localisation and investment strategies of multinational companies?

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Tuitions & grants

If you are going to follow this Master's programme, you will pay an annual tuition fee. There are different tuition rates. The amount depends on your personal situation.