Bettina Bock is appointed as Professor for Population Decline and Quality of Rural Life in North Netherlands at the University of Groningen. The appointment is for five years starting September 1st.
Dr.ir Bettina Bock (1960) is a rural sociologist working at the Rural Sociology Group of Wageningen University since 1996, currently as associate professor. Her research deals with rural development and social innovation in Europe while focusing on rural marginalisation, civic participation, entrepreneurship, governance and social inequality.
The endowed chair Population Decline and Quality of Rural Life is established by the Foundation for the Promotion of Spatial Sciences at the Faculty of Spatial Sciences of the University of Groningen (see Faculty announcement in Dutch), with the support of the provinces of Groningen, Fryslan and Drenthe.
Bettina Bock will look into the consequences of population decline, such as the loss of public services, the problems of vacant building and negative effects on the real estate market as well as into depopulation policies and the initiatives taken by citizen, local business, third sector organisations and the government to assure the quality of life. Bettina Bock is the first professor in Netherlands that specifically deals with this topic.