The Master’s track in Human Geography: Environmental Geography is organised by the Graduate School of Social Sciences (GSSS) at the University of Amsterdam.
The academic staff of this programme is actively involved in research; most of them at the Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research (AISSR) of the University of Amsterdam.
Joyeeta Gupta is professor of environment and development in the global south at the Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research of the University of Amsterdam and UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education in Delft.
Prof. Gupta has expertise in the area of climate change, water and forest governance (politics, law, policy) from global to local level and has published extensively on these subjects.
''In the era of the Anthropocene, where humans are over-using natural resources and polluting the environment, it is vital to understand that if we want global society to continue to enjoy the services that our ecosystems continue to provide us, we have to govern our use of these resources wisely. In this track the focus will be on how environmental issues fit into the development paradigms and practices of society in different parts of the world; how challenges like climate change, land grabbing, water pollution and loss of biodiversity can affect the very wellbeing of modern societies."
Jeroen van Pelt is Study Adviser of Human Geography.
"Environmental Geography at the UvA means studying in a country that has a well-established history of, and reputation in, governing its water resources. The Netherlands employs a very intensive use of resources; its governance of these resources reveals many innovative solutions as well as shortcomings. At the same time, the Netherlands actively participates in multi-level governance regimes within the European Union and the UN, making it an ideal country to study environmental geography.
Academic staff members include Prof Joyeeta Gupta and dr Maarten Bavinck. Some of the courses for Environmental Geography are offerend jointly with the other tracks of Human Geography: Urban, Economic and Political Geography. However, most of the education takes place in small groups. This leads to small-scale research communities in which staff and students work closely together in a less formal and more open environment. This personal way of teaching contributes to the high rates of graduation (80%) in a year."