On the Geo Promotion conference 2020, the following people will be hosting an inspiring keynote:

Cody Hochstenbach  –  Postdoctoral researcher of the University of Amsterdam

Cody Hochstenbach is postdoctoral researcher in urban geography at the University of Amsterdam. His research focuses on (spatial) inequalities on the housing market and in cities. Besides that, he studies the influence of housing policy and politics. In July 2019 he received a NWO Veni grant. This grant allows him to conduct a three-year research project on the influence of private investors buying houses to rent out. Cody writes a column for Dutch news channel RTL Z once every two weeks and regularly writes for other media.
At the conference, Cody will show how spatial inequalities on the housing market increased in recent years in the Netherlands. Differences between urban and rural areas have grown, but socio-spatial divides within almost all cities have also increased. In his keynote he will explain these growing spatial differences, why this is a problem, and what we can do about it.

Ingrid Post  –  Program director of National Strategy on Spatial Planning & the environment

Ingrid Post is the Deputy Director of the National Strategy on Spatial Planning and the Environment (NOVI) within the Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations. In 2021, the new Environment and Planning Act will be introduced in the Netherlands. The NOVI is the practical implementation of this act and shapes a long-term vision on the future and development of the Dutch living environment. The NOVI deals with current developments and challenges like climate change, energy transition, accessibility, and circular economy which will have an impact on the landscape. When responding well to these challenges the Netherlands can walk ahead and capitalize opportunities. Ingrid Post will shed a light on the new NOVI and how issues of spatial justice play a role in it.

Karel Martens – Associate Professor at Technion-Israeli Institute of Technology

All the way from Israel, our third and final keynote is: Professor Karel Martens! Karel is a professor at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology.

In part due to the growing spatial inequalities, transport is increasingly seen as crucial to social inclusion. In his keynote, Karel Martens will show how current practices of transport planning, with their focus on the functioning of transport systems, fail to address this issue. He will present a radically alternative approach, one that takes people as its starting point and justice as its end.