Teun Grauwelman

Portrait Teun Grauwelman
The group of participants is quite small, however, this creates a lot of opportunities.
Name
Teun Grauwelman
Programme
New Economic Geographies, Ecologies and Business Innovation
Study start date
Previous education
Bachelor Geography, Planning and Environment (Radboud University)

Student Teun Grauwelman is following the Master's programme Human Geography: New Economic Geographies, Ecologies and Business Innovation. 

"The Master Programme Economic Geography (Human Geography) is a full but highly current study. The group of participants is quite small, however, this creates a lot of opportunities. The setup of the study enables to interact with (international) students, discuss several topics with teachers and attend many group presentations. Another positive element of the Master's programme is the opportunity to follow elective courses. This holds that after the first semester you can switch to another Master's specialisation (in case you do not like Economic Geography as much as I do).

Before the Master, at Radboud University I completed the Bachelor in Geography, Planning and Environment (Nijmegen) and followed elective courses at Utrecht University. Therefore, the Master's was in line with my Bachelor's. I would not say the Master really changed my knowledge base, but I am happy with the chosen specialisation. The Bachelor is interesting but relatively broad. In the Master, I could really dive into the material I find extremely interesting. Now I know even better what I want to do!

The atmosphere in class is relaxed and interactive. In several courses, students had to prepare the lesson. The teacher would only help if necessary. In that way, you absorb the material by discussing it with fellow students. Since the group of students is relatively small, a close bond quickly develops. This makes it possible to do fun things together in addition to the necessary study hours!

I found it most challenging in the Master to compare different economic ways of thinking. The theory is sometimes quite complicated, but practical examples help to distinguish the different schools of thought. By subsequently writing an individual paper about it, you really get into the material and make it your own even faster. The programme is quite full, and doing a graduation internship in combination with courses is sometimes quite challenging. Still, many succeed in completing the Master's in one year!

I completed my internship at a consultancy company. My thesis was about the battle for urban space, as an increasing amount of function claims the same, scarce space. In my thesis, I dived into an urban space in Nijmegen and tried to find several future development directions for this area. Speaking with entrepreneurs, local residents, the municipality and other organisations enables to bundle different visions and interests.

Economic Geographers are incredibly important. You have a lot of knowledge about planning matters, but you look at this from a social (human) perspective. This allows you to provide nuance in legal, financial and complex issues. Economic development is important, but how do you keep all stakeholders on board? Which developments should we take into account? Is there already competition in the vicinity?

I hope to answer these kinds of questions many times in my working career. Whether in the public or private sector."