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.
Jeroen de Regt
Following completion of the bachelor study Human Geography & Urban and Regional Planning, Jeroen started his master study Economic Geography in 2016. He is the current chief-editor of Girugten. This means that he coordinates the project that Girugten works on, and makes sure that all tasks are completed in time. He hopes to continue as the chief-editor until he finishes his master study. Jeroen’s main interest is football, 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.
Bart-Peter is a second-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.
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.
Arnoud studies Human Geography & Urban and Regional Planning and is part of the Ibn Battuta board during the year 2016/2017. Since he originates from Utrecht, he is a real urban guy, and therefore likes to talk about demographical topics. He has an unusually big interest in the United States of America, even though he is yet to make his first trip across the Atlantic Ocean. During his first year of being an editor at Girugten, he wrote many diverse articles. Because of his current commitment to Ibn Battuta he remains of great value for both the magazine and the website, despite being less able to write as many articles as he used to do.
Dieuwke is a first year Human Geography & Urban and Regional Planning student. Last year she studied biology, and while this wasn’t something she wanted to continue studying, it has sparked her interest in nature and agriculture. Especially what kind of influences these factors have on certain areas and on the people living there. She loves to travel, whether this is with friends, family or 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.
Danique is a first 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.
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. That’s right: she earned her Bachelor’s degree this year and may call herself a geographer now. But, in order to reach her goal of becoming “Master of Space” (which would be awesome, but is never going to happen) she started the master Socio-Spatial Planning. Furthermore Lisette has spend 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 plants 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 and try it each summer).
Robin is a real veteran of our faculty. He currently works on completing the master study Environmental & Infrastructure Planning. He is the previous chief-editor and has been in charge of setting up the biggest project in the history of Girugten: our current website. Without Robin, Girugten wouldn’t have a modern and attracting website that receives so many positive responses. Since he currently studies in Seattle, Washington for a year, he is unable to provide as many interesting articles as he used to. Nevertheless, Robin remains very important when it comes to any technical aspects of the website. Of course, we all hope that once Robin has returned back to our tiny little country, he will come to one of our meetings every once in a while and makes sure we all keep up to date on two of his true passions: astronomy and American politics.
One of the main aims of Marins as a member of Girugten is to improve her orthographical skills. She enjoys writing about (historical) events regarding urban planning, especially when these events seem bizarre in modern times. She’s in the latter part of the bachelor study of Spatial Planning and Design and has been member of the Pro Geo board during the previous college year. She’d love to have more time to visit European cities, though has not been possible at any moment. Nevertheless, she likes the rich Dutch history as well. And even though she likes to visit various places in the Netherlands as well, public transport mainly brings her back to her parental home in Friesland.
Paul has been around at the faculty for many years already. He finished his bachelor study Spatial Planning and Design this year. Paul once described his bachelor study “SimCity in real life” and he would love to see that become reality – it would save a bunch of time, that’s for sure. Over the last years, Paul has written less articles than usual, though he remains of great value for Girugten by using his tons of experience with giving helpful advice on all kinds of subjects. Rumour has it he likes to dance whenever he can, even at home or in the shower. Of course, this includes singing as well.
Are you interested in what we do and would you like to become an editor at Girugten, or do you have an interesting subject in mind to write about as a guest editor? Then don’t hesitate to contact us by using the ‘contact’ button! You can also send an e-mail to email@example.com or ask one of us in person at the university.
Below you can find an overview of former members of Girugten, of which you can find one or more articles on our webpage. 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!