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Cities and Governance Seminar Series 2023/24

Mapping the Inclusive City: Engaging people with disabilities as co-researchers in Groningen (the Netherlands)


29 February 2024 (Thursday) | 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Lingnan University, Hong Kong|Zoom Online


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During this seminar we will present the project “Mapping the Inclusive City”, a community-based participatory research project addressing the Geographies of Disability in the city of Groningen (the Netherlands). In this project, researchers at the University of Groningen (UG) and residents at ‘S Heeren Loo (an organisation that provides housing and care for people with disabilities) co-created an interactive map using smartphone technology (ArcGIS), which serves as a data collection method to map the accessibility and inclusivity of public spaces in Groningen. In this seminar, we will explain how we used design thinking to enable people with different literacies, positionalities and skills to work together in research as co-researchers.




Dr. Bettina van Hoven is Associate Professor of Cultural Geography at the University of Groningen, The Netherlands. Her research expertise includes cultural geography, qualitative research, participatory and visual methodologies, inclusion and exclusion, youth, older adults, disability and impairment, wellbeing, urban context, and science-meets-arts.


Ms. Julia Munuera Garcia completed a research master’s degree in art, media and literature studies and is now doing doctoral research on inclusivity for people with disabilities at the University of Groningen.




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