Here you can find out who are part of Girugten at this moment. Our team forms a group of enthusiastic students from the Faculty of Spatial Sciences, which is part of the University of Groningen. While Girugten started as a magazine back in 1971, today the articles are published both on paper and online. Our goal is to inform students in a nice and interesting way about various topics that are part of the fields of geography and urban planning. We meet every two weeks to talk about our projects. These meetings are both serious and informal, which means we manage to make steps forward and engage in a nice and social way during the same evening. Currently, we write about various subjects on our webpage, and try to build a themed magazine once or twice a year that you can find in the coffeeroom from the faculty association Ibn Battuta.
Bart-Peter is a third-year Human Geography student. His curiosity causes him to explore a lot of subjects. He switched to Human Geography after he had done one year of Artificial Intelligence. Combining his broad range of interests is what drives him in what he does, like organizing lectures with the lecture committee, organizing excursions with the excursion committee, doing research with Collectiv Kreativ and naturally writing for Girugten. Topics he especially likes are Geographic Information Systems and technical innovations in spatial sciences. Bart-Peter began writing for Girugten during his first year Human Geography in 2016.
Jeroen de Regt
Chief Editor; Chief Website
Following completion of the bachelor study Human Geography & Urban and Regional Planning, Jeroen started his master study Economic Geography in 2016. He was the sole chief editor of Girugten from September 2016 through July 2017. Currently, Jeroen is on of two chief editors, as well as the ‘chief website’, which basically means that he makes sure to keep the website fully up to date and well functioning. He hopes to continue to be part of Girugten until he finishes is master’s programme. Jeroen’s main interests are football and stadium development, but his articles cover a wide range of subjects, including highway infrastructure and the history of specific places that have developed in an interesting (and probably unusual) way.
Chief Design (printed issues)
Lisette started studying at the Faculty of Spatial Sciences in the same year as Dion and Jeroen. They soon became friends when they joined the Foreign Excursion Committee of Ibn Battuta. And after inventing the Buurman & Buurman drinking game and organising the best trip ever to Georgia and Armenia their paths crossed again at Girugten. Speaking of paths, Lisette tends to get lost quite a lot considering she is a geographer. She currently follows courses and works on her thesis as part of the master’s programme Social-Spatial Planning. Furthermore Lisette has spent the last year of her Bachelor to specialize in landscape architecture and is an active member of the student gardening association Frankville. This shows her interest in plants and the role of ‘green’ in urban planning. And finally, fun fact about Lisette is that she invented Bastogne Ice Cream when she was sixteen and started working at Scoop Ice Cream in Grou (feel free to come by and taste it during the summer!).
Dieuwke is a second year Human Geography & Urban and Regional Planning student. Previously she studied biology, and while this wasn’t something she wanted to continue doing, it has sparked her interest in nature and agriculture; especially how these two factors influence regions and it’s people. She loves to travel, whether this is with friends, family or just alone. While she loves going to faraway places, she believes countries that are nearby have just as much to offer. In the weekends she can be found in Arnhem where she hangs out with friends and keeps putting off things that she should actually be doing. Apart from Girugten, Dieuwke is member of a wide range of student associations, which keeps her busy throughout the week.
Sjoerd is a first-year student at the faculty, studying Human Geography and Urban and Regional Planning and since September 2017 a member of the Girugten editorial team. He’s mainly interested in transportation and infrastructural networks, but would love to visit some of the more unknown and inhospitable places in the world, such as the Finnmark and the Russian Far East someday. Although being from Amsterdam, Sjoerd likes to spend time on the countryside either by bike or behind the wheel of a car and can otherwise be found repairing outdated pc hardware.
Stefano is, since September 2017, a pre-master student for the master Socio-Spatial Planning at the Faculty of Spatial Sciences. Stefano has become a new member of the Girugten editorial team because he ambitions to inform other students and professionals with inspiring projects or topics to broaden the view of urban development. His interests are within the social aspect of urban development, which includes a close mutually relationship with citizens. Next to his study, he spends a lot of time by doing sports and enjoying activities with friends. At last, but not least, he lived in the village of Bocholtz, which is a small, 5500 citizens counting village in one of the most southern points of the province of Limburg in the Netherlands.
Dion has been studying at the Faculty for four years already and he currently is doing two Master programmes, in Economic Geography and in Environmental and Infrastructure Planning. Besides that, he also is the Advisory Member of the Faculty Board during this academic year. Within our fields of interest, Dion primarily focuses on economic, political and infrastructural subjects. This focus doesn’t just mean he writes about it. Over the years, Dion became truly addicted to travelling all across the Earth, especially to unusual places. Among the 50 countries he already visited are, for example, Iran and Kyrgyzstan. His travelling adventures provide a lot of inspiration to write interesting articles about his experiences abroad. While Dion started as a guest editor for Girugten, he has been a full member since September 2015. During the fall semester of 2017, Dion is travelling through southeastern Asia – you will read about his journey on our website soon!
Danique is a second year Human Geography & Urban and Regional Planning student and therefore is a newbie at the faculty. Danique loves to travel, even though she has not been to many places so far. Hopefully, a lot more countries will be scratched off her scratch map in the next few years. She has a lot of different interest like studying old maps and looking at myths like the Bermuda triangle. She hopes to explore things like that in her upcoming articles. Aside from Girugten, Danique is a very active member of the faculty association Ibn Battuta as well.
Born and raised in São Paulo, Brazil, Stephen is a first-year student at the Faculty of Spacial Sciences, and the first international member of Girugten. Stephen studies Human Geography and Urban and Regional Planning, with a particular involvement in human mobility and culture, stemming from his interest in cultural sociology and anthropology. From a pan-European background, he has travelled extensively throughout Europe and the Americas, and uses his travels as a basis for independent research. Stephen’s love for history and geography, combined with his previous experiences in Architecture and Visual Arts, bore him a fascination with the preservation of Heritage sites amidst planning developments. Currently, Stephen spends his free weekends in other major Dutch cities to explore the urban settings, and plans on taking a minor in Social Geography and Geoinformatics in Prague in his third year.
Below you can find an overview of former members of Girugten. Only former members who published one or more articles on our website are included. Nevertheless, our aim is to constantly expand this overview, to make sure everyone who finds our website is able to look into Girugten’s long and rich history. Are you a former member of Girugten and would you like to be included in this overview? Don’t hesitate to contact us!
Robin is one of the former ‘leaders’ of Girugten and the editor who started our website project. Over the years, running our website has become our prime activity. We couldn’t have set up a website as great is as this one. So obviously, we are very thankful for Robin who spent hours and hours setting up this website, which we all still enjoy a lot.