Wageningen University, Netherlands
Wageningen University, part of Wageningen UR (University & Research centre), is the only university in the Netherlands which focus specifically on the theme ‘healthy food and living environment’. They do so by working closely together with governments and the business community.
Their research and education are strongly geared toward application in practice. This is achieved through the close cooperation across different study directions and the combination of the natural and social sciences. This allows them to obtain an integrated approach of actual social themes, such as climate change, unhealthy lifestyles, the continued pressure on natural habitats, and the well-being of animals. Student numbers are growing strongly. Students ranked Wageningen as the best university in the Reference Guide for Higher Education for the tenth year in a row.
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The Rural Sociology Group of Wageningen University studies the dynamics of rural and regional development processes in Europe. Specific attention is paid to the different levels at which transformation processes occur and are shaped, as well as to the different actors and institutions involved. The Rural Sociology Group studies and analyses these transformation processes from an interpretative-explanatory sociological perspective, combining qualitative and quantitative research methods. A common denominator is the focus on diversity, agency, micro-macro linkages and processes of institutionalization. The Land Use Planning Group aims to improve our understanding of landscapes as social-ecological systems, thus providing the basis for sustainable land use and spatial planning. Land Use Planning is one of the key groups participating in Landscape Architecture and Planning, covering the specialisation Spatial Planning (‘Ruimtelijke planning’). You can choose modules which are offered in the Master programme:
· Master Landscape Architecture and Planning: Landscapes form our living environment. Natural landscapes are often beautiful in themselves, however most of those we now live in are the result of our complex interaction with the natural world. The new generation of landscape architects and spatial planners understand the challenges we face when shaping and creating the landscapes that form a key component of our living environment. Your goal is to study and design sustainable solutions for important landscape challenges such as climate change, energy needs, health, food security and urbanisation. Within the MSc programme you choose between the specialisations Landscape Architecture and Spatial Planning.