Education for the higher educated

Geography, Planning and Environment - Economic Geography

Nijmegen School of Management

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In this master specialisation you will study the role of regions as locations for economic activities. Especially with increased competition an optimal interaction between economic activities and the local environment is essential. Think of flows of knowledge, the recruitment and training of employees, relations with suppliers, local governments and the role of environmental and social organisations. In this specialisation you will learn to analyse and understand local developments from a global perspective, focussing on both mainstream and alternative economic practices.


Examples of elective courses


  • Globalising Cities (specialisation: Globalisation, Migration and Development)
  • Multi-Cultural Society (Geography)
  • Urban and Cultural Geography (specialisation: Urban and Cultural Geography)
  • Locatieontwikkeling: Theorie en Praktijk (Spatial Planning)
  • Institutional Perspectives on Societal Change and Spatial Dynamics (Spatial Planning)
  • Comparative Analysis of Economic Systems (RU)
  • International Innovation (RU)
  • Global Shift: International Political Economy (RU)
  • Trends Economische Geografie (Utrecht)
  • Ondernemerschap in de regio (Utrecht)
  • Multinationale Ondernemingen (Utrecht)


Career prospects

The master specialisation Economic Geography prepares students for a professional career in government, semi-government, and business. It also provides a stepping stone towards a research career in academia or consultancy. You will be able to apply the scientific insights and the practical skills you have acquired to topics including the development of regions and cities, the marketing of regions and cities, the locational choice of (multinational) companies, and innovation and learning in regions and firms.

Imagine yourself working at the Spatial or Economic Development department of a municipality or a larger city. You could become responsible for labour market policies, the planning of industrial zones, the upgrading of city centres, the attraction of new firms and investments, or for getting European Union funds. Provincial governments and new spatial-governmental entities such as city-regions are also happy to employ economic geographers. The same goes for Ministries: in the Dutch context, you can think of ‘Economische Zaken’, ‘VROM’, ‘Verkeer en Waterstaat’, ‘Binnenlandse Zaken’ and ‘LNV’.

A range of job opportunities is further offered by Chambers of Commerce, Regional Development Agencies, and Innovation Platforms. These institutions provide (starting) entrepreneurs with a wealth of information about rules, subsidies, regional labour markets and innovation policies. Often, they are the nodes in formal as well as informal networks of key actors in a region. It is important to add that governments, employers’ organisations, labour unions and housing corporations are increasingly interested in themes such as immigrant entrepreneurship, the ‘Creative Economy’, and sustainability. Economic geographers are well equipped to work on these socially engaged themes.

Currently, a majority of economic geographers works for consultancy and advisory firms. As a consultant or advisor, you may find yourself writing Strategic Plans for the sustainable development of regions and cities, you may help foreign firms and investors to find a suitable location, or you may assist regional and city governments in getting and managing EU funds (project and process management).

Elective course

Level University
Incompany No
Open enrolment Yes
Lead time 12 months
Costs (indication) No entry
Titles No title
Required language skills English
State / Province Gelderland
Country Netherlands
Completion Diploma