How can tourism and climate adaptation shape our natural surroundings into the flourishing countryside, thriving towns, and booming cities? And how do these landscapes sway our identity and society?
Cultural Geography studies the mutual shaping of human societies and our natural surroundings into cultural landscapes. Within this program, you can follow a track on sustainable tourism, or specialize in the governance of climate adaptation. Either way leads to a Master of Science degree.
In the general program, you study the interplay between place and wellbeing in regional development. You follow classes on natural and cultural heritage, culture and identity, and mobility and multiculturalism. After advanced training in data collection and analysis methods, you conduct field research on any one of these topics yourself, learn how to conduct intervention impact assessments, and write your master thesis.
The year 2023 will see the first stocktake of worldwide adaptation efforts under the Paris Agreement. To advance the massive governance efforts required, the Global Commission and its Groningen-based Global Center on Adaptation promote eight action tracks. Through our specialization, you develop the expertise to tackle these challenges.
Why study this program in Leeuwarden?
Campus Fryslân is the only faculty in the Netherlands that offers an MSc in Cultural Geography. Our Climate Adaptation Governance specialization provides you with unique and relevant perspectives. Its governance approach enables you to add value to adaptation solutions by contributing much-needed political, economic, and financial insight to technical proposals. The embeddedness in cultural geography allows you to take historical, contemporary, and future socio-cultural landscapes into account.
The program is firmly rooted in Campus Fryslân's (CF) chair groups: Global and Local Governance; Governance and Innovation; and Sustainable Entrepreneurship in a Circular Economy, as well as the Frisian Flagships (Governance; Sustainable Economy; Culture, Language, and Technology; and Health & Food). We collaborate closely with the Cyan Centre on Climate Adaptation and the Global Center on Adaptation, whose CEO Prof. Patrick Verkooijen holds a Chair in Climate Adaptation Governance at CF.
Taken together, these vast knowledge resources in cultural geography, sustainable tourism, and climate adaptation governance-related studies allow you to benefit from existing in-house expertise and even get involved with the latest topical research conducted by your lecturers and faculty partners.