Social and Economic Geography

The SEG research group focuses on all social and economic activities and developments on the earth's surface.

News in the spotlight

"Belgium has a cycling professor for the first time: Meredith Glaser. Today is her first working day at Ghent University. She tells you all about her unique job and why she is so passionate about cycling."

Interview on VRT Radio 1 with Dr. Meredith Glaser, expert in sustainable mobility and since 1 February 2024 chair holder of the new Bicycle chair at UGent (Department of Geography).

Listen to the interview on the website of Radio1 (in Dutch).

Photo credits: (c) DMOW

Research themes

Research in the domain of Social and Economic Geography focusses on three clusters.

First of all, the research analyses travel behaviour and city logistics.

Second, there is an emphasis on present-day evolutions in the Flemish urban system, urban policy, and the formation of a world city network.

Finally, the research also investigates location decisions of private and public companies, the relationship between transport and production, and land use modelling.

urban development
world city network
travel behaviour
land development

Prof. dr. Frank Witlox

mobilities travel behavior analysis and modeling travel and land use sustainable mobility issues business travel cross-border mobility city logistics global commodity chains . . .

Prof. dr. Giovanni Circella

travel behavior mobility land use

Prof. dr. Ben Derudder

urbanization netwerk analysis land use

List with all staff members Social and Economic Geography

PhD research

Project research in the spotlight

Looking for more information about UGent researchers, (current) projects and PhDs, organizations,... in this research field?

Looking for (defended) doctorates, publications, papers, proceedings,... in this research field?