The Centre for Space, Place and Society (CSPS) brings together researchers from five chair groups within Wageningen University (WUR) – Cultural Geography (GEO), Health and Society (HSO), Rural Sociology (RSO), Sociology of Development Change (SDC) and Sociology of Consumption and Households (SCH) – and beyond to advance critical-constructive scholarship within the social sciences. Our particular focus is on issues of socio-spatial and environmental justice. In investigating dynamics of spatial and social rootedness, connections, and circulations, with special attention to questions of inequality, exclusion, difference and plurality, CSPS seeks to translate knowledge into practical action in pursuit of a more just and equitable world.
Specific objectives of the CSPS include to:
- Produce high quality and internationally acclaimed conceptual and empirical research, drawing on innovative and transdisciplinary methods and perspectives.
- Support and encourage collaboration among critical scholars inside and outside of academia, through research, education and exchange activities.
- Contribute towards positively impacting society not only in terms of advancing knowledge but also ensuring that this knowledge can empower and be of practical and political use to social groups, as well as to draw attention to processes that marginalize and disenfranchise vulnerable people.
- Facilitate high quality knowledge transfer and collaboration through activities including publication, education, public presentation and outreach, workshops, and conferences.
- Inspire and nurture budding social scientists and early career researchers, and in doing so contribute towards the development of a dynamic space in which critical social science is practiced, celebrated and supported.