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Rural areas are confronted with declining accessibility as a result of urbanisation and concentration forces. This could lead to constraints with respect to activity participation and social inclusion. However, the nature of the impacts of these higher needs for mobility in peripheral rural areas will depend on how accessibility is perceived. While some may experience major barriers with respect to reaching activities they desire and consequently with respect to inclusion in society, others may not experience any problems regarding accessibility depending on the ability to cope with declining accessibility and expectations regarding accessibility. My PhD project aims for an understanding of how perceptions of accessibility relate to activity and mobility patterns in peripheral rural areas in the Netherlands.
Background and interests:
I have a bachelor in Human Geography & Urban and Regional Planning and a master in Economic Geography, both from the University of Groningen. During my bachelor I obtained a high school teaching degree in Geography and I also studied at TU Delft for a while (master Transport, Infrastructure and Logistics), prior to my PhD. I have also worked as an electronic music producer, which I still like to do from time to time.