You will study various dimensions and aspects of globalisation, notably as this relates to socio-economic and spatial development for different parts of the world, the Global South in particular. Core issues on which this master specialisation will focus include: changing relationships of global and local societies through the rise of new social and spatial inequalities brought about by global processes, migration and mobility and the emergence of transnational identities versus local interpretations in so-called multicultural societies. Overall we give particular emphasis to the relationship with urban contexts of these issues, but do also link it up with rural domains, e.g. in studying sustainability of livelihood strategies and development policies in different regions.
Our graduates are employed in a wide range of jobs in- and outside The Netherlands. To give some insight in the scope of the work they do we have categorized this as follows, adding that this list is not exhaustive:
- Working for the Dutch government at local, regional, national and international levels regarding development issues such as poverty, livelihoods, social exclusion and empowerment:
- Policymaker / programme researcher for city municipalities focusing on integration and multi-cultural issues, especially in the low-income neighbourhoods;
- Policy development expert for Provincial Governments in The Netherlands;
- Policy expert or programme/field officer with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs;
- Programme officer with Nuffic (Netherlands Organization for International Cooperation in Higher education)
- Working as an NGO practitioner in development cooperation:
- Field officer for Max Havelaar or Fair Trade, visiting developing countries to establish business contracts with local farmer organisations;
- Research officer for the Centre for the Promotion of Imports from developing countries (/external-link/index/type/presentationlink/link/http%253A%252F%252Fwww.cbi.nl%252F/course-id/9682/institute-id/138) promoting and facilitating entry of entrepreneurs from developing countries in the European market.
- Researcher/programme officer with development aid related organisations such as: Cordaid, VSO, SNV, Novib/Oxfam, Hivos and COS (Association of Centres for international cooperation at the provincial level), or a migrant (umbrella) organisation.
- Pursuing an academic career (research and education) with one of many research institutes studying migration, globalisation, integration or development issues in The Netherlands and abroad:
Examples of elective courses
- Multi-Cultural Society (Geography)
- Urban and Cultural Geography (specialisation: Urban and Cultural Geography)
- Sustainable Development in Latin America: Macro policies and micro responses (CEDLA)
- European Union and Developing Countries (KU Leuven)