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Human Geography: Economic Geography

Universiteit van Amsterdam

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Economic Geography will help you understand the social and economic aspects of the changing global division of labour.

The Master's Economic Geography is organised around global production networks and clusters. Contact with circuits of the global economy has profoundly affected the lives of an increasing number of people around the world. The rise of global production networks is not just enabled by communication and transport technologies, but also by (national and global) policies of de-regulation and re-regulation. Economic Geography will help you understand the social and economic aspects of the changing global division of labour. The programme will look at how concrete cases of global production networks and clusters evolve in both developing and developed countries. Students will examine the geographical distribution and the locational strategies, the insertion in the local economies, the competitive strategies and the power relationships within the networks. Also, the increasingly blurred division between the global north and south will be discussed.

1st year

The programme consists of three complementary components:
* Geo tracks, which enable students to specialisze in either urban, economic, environmental or political geography;
* Geo-skills, consisting of courses in which students develop a proper geographical habitus, providing them with relevant research methodologies, including qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods research methods and GIS, as well as with other skills to prepare them for future labour market opportunities (presenting skills, cooperation skills, etc.);
* Geo focus, where students apply their geographical expertise in multidisciplinary teams, bringing together the four sub-disciplines into a common fieldwork project. Students choose between a project in either a city nearby (possibly Amsterdam or Antwerp) or a city in the global South (possibly Mumbai or Cape Town).


All applicants are required to submit additional documents such as: proof of identity, CV, research questions and written work.

job perspective

Specific career examples from alumni of the Human Geography programme:

*Project Employee Sustainability at Amsterdam Innovation Motor (AIM promotes innovation, cooperation and new business in the Amsterdam region)
*Geography teacher at a secondary school
*Geographic Information Systems expert at Dutch water board
*Science Coordinator at UNU-EHS: United Nations University, Institute for Environment and Human Security
*Director Viafrica Foundation (ICT service and projects in Africa)

tuition fee

Tuition fees are adjusted annually. For up-to-date information, please see www.uva.nl/collegegeld (Dutch students) or www.uva.nl/tuition (international students).

Niveau WO
Vorm Full-time
Incompany Nee
Open inschrijving Nee
Doorlooptijd 12 maanden
Type MSc (Master of Science)
Kosten (indicatie) Geen opgave
Titulatuur MSc (Master of Science)
Benodigde taalkennis Engels
Gefinancierd Regering
Afronding Diploma
Credits 60