Social and Economic Geography

The SEG research group focuses on all social and economic activities and developments on the earth's surface.

News in the spotlight

On Monday 21 MAY 2024, prof. Mingshu WANG from Glasgow University visited the Department and gave a lecture on “Graph Convolutional Networks for Street Network Analysis”.

Prof Wang is a Senior Lecturer (Tenured Associate Professor) in Geospatial Data Science at the University of Glasgow. He is also a Fellow at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study (NIAS) and a visiting researcher at the University of Amsterdam. His research focuses on developing and applying GIScience methods and big data analytics to understand urban systems and development. Empirically, he investigates the relationship between urban structure and city performance at the macro-scale and the relationship between the built environment and collective human behavior at the micro-scale. He has received research grants from Dutch Research Council (NWO), Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW), Chinese Academy of Sciences, and Microsoft. He is an Editor of Asian Geographer and an Associate Editor of ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information, and Regional Studies, Regional Science.

Research themes

Research in the domain of Social and Economic Geography focusses on three clusters.

First of all, the research analyses travel behaviour and city logistics.

Second, there is an emphasis on present-day evolutions in the Flemish urban system, urban policy, and the formation of a world city network.

Finally, the research also investigates location decisions of private and public companies, the relationship between transport and production, and land use modelling.

urban development
world city network
travel behaviour
land development

Prof. dr. Frank Witlox

mobilities travel behavior analysis and modeling travel and land use sustainable mobility issues business travel cross-border mobility city logistics global commodity chains . . .

Prof. dr. Giovanni Circella

travel behavior mobility land use

Prof. dr. Ben Derudder

urbanization netwerk analysis land use

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