Dr. M.J. Smit

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school of business & economics ( ruimtelijke economie )

Brief resumé

  • 2013-...: Assistant professor at Utrecht University
  • 2010-...: Researcher at the VU University Amsterdam
  • 2006-2010: PhD at the VU University Amsterdam
  • 2007: MA in Classics at the University of Groningen
  • 2005-2006: freelance consultant and database designer
  • 2004: research assistant at the Interreg IIIB North Sea Programme Secretariat, Viborg (DK)
  • 2004: MSc in Human Geography (cum laude) at the University of Groningen
  • 2002: intern at Arcadis, Apeldoorn and at the municipality of Hoogezand-Sappemeer

Research activities

The city is generally considered the focus point of all innovative ideas. Notwithstanding modern communication techniques, face-to-face contacts remain dominant, especially for creating contacts between people that otherwise would not have met. Agglomeration forces remain strong, and the death of distance has never really gotten underway. I work on issues agglomeration and clustering, on the mobility of firms and employees, and on spatial policy.

Recent publications



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