Spatial economics

Interactions between geography and economics from an economic perspective

Interactions between geography and economics

The minor Spatial Economics offers students the possibility to enhance their knowledge of the interactions between geography and economics from an economic perspective. In short, it focuses on spatial aspects of economic activity and economic aspects of space. This includes studying (a selection of) the following issues: 

Dynamics of spatial planning; trends and determinants of urbanization; smart cities; geography of declining regions; the behavior of the government as an actor in economic processes; The role of international trade, migration and capital flows in driving globalization and regional integration; location behavior of firms and people; economic valuation of nature areas; the impact of socio-economic processes, spatial policy and bio-physical conditions on land use change; the interaction between economic growth and environmental pressure; the resource curse; road pricing; the economics of flooding; the interaction between geography and institutions in driving regional economic growth.

  • Public Economics 
  • Research Seminar Spatial Economics 
  • Sociale Geografie I 
  • Urban Economics and Real Estate 
  • Land Use Change

For specific information about each course, please visit our study guide

Admission and registration

Earth and Economics students. Students in Science Business and Innovation, Human/Social Geography, Planning, Real Estate, and Earth Science, with an interest in urban issues and geography. There are no formal entry requirements, but introductory knowledge of microeconomics and practical experience in using GIS-software is a must.

Please see the application procedure for more information. 

Questions about the programme

If you have detailed questions about the contents of the programme, please contact

Samenvatting Spatial economics




1 semester (30 EC)


1 September


Economie, Recht en Bestuur