Prof.dr. Gert-Jan Hospers
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Gert-Jan Hospers (Enschede, 1974) teaches Economic Geography at the University of Twente. Since 2009 he holds a special chair in Place Marketing at the Radboud University Nijmegen. In 1999 Gert-Jan graduated in economics, public policy and law at the universities of Tilburg, Twente and Utrecht. After a job at the Ministry of Economic Affairs Gert-Jan returned to the University of Twente in 2000 to teach economics. In 2004 he defended his PhD-thesis Regional Economic Change in Europe: A Neo-Schumpeterian Vision. Gert-Jan is editorial board member of Geografie and European Spatial Research and Policy as well as associate editor of the open access journal Regional Studies, Regional Science. Before, he was one of the editors of Regional Insights and Regions. Gert-Jan is senior member of the Netherlands Institute of Government and in 2012 he was appointed as a Fellow of the Regional Studies Association (FeRSA).
Gert-Jan is interested in the urban and regional development of North West Europe with a preference for the periphery. Since 2000 he has explored creative cities, regional clusters, demographic shrinkage and place marketing. To confront theory with practice Gert-Jan has conducted policy-oriented research in several regions, including Twente, Northern Netherlands, the Ruhr Area, North West Germany, the Copenhagen Malmö Region and the North of England. In 2007 and 2008 Gert-Jan reported on European cities for the Slimme Steden-series in Het Financieele Dagblad. Over the years he has written columns for De Twentsche Courant Tubantia and Luxity: Magazine voor Regio Arnhem en Nijmegen. At present, he is doing research on demographic and marketing issues in European cities and regions.
At the Radboud University Gert-Jan teaches the courses Stedelijke Economie in Europa and City- en Regiomarketing. At the University of Twente he coordinates the module Regional Innovation and Smart Cities and teaches the courses Regional Innovation in Europe and Organisatie- en Omgevingsanalyse. Gert-Jan also gives seminars for the Master Regionalmanagement und Wirtschaftsförderung at the HAWK Göttingen and the postgraduate programmes Master of Strategic Urban Studies, Master City Developer, NEPROM Masterclass Conceptontwikkeling and Avicenna Academy. At speakers agency Assemblee he can be booked for talks. His presentations are based on books, including Krimp! (2010), Er gaat niets boven citymarketing (2011) en Geografie en gevoel: wat plekken met ons doen (2013).