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Fennie van Straalen - Assistant Professor

When studying Garden and Landscape Architecture at Van Hall Larenstein, Fennie specialised in Landscape Architecture. Afterwards, she became more interested in the depth, content and background of design processes. She found a place to stimulate this interest at Wageningen University’s Spatial Planning Master programme. After her graduation, she continued her academic career by pursuing a PhD, on “Private Property in Public Processes.”

I learned a lot from coaching working groups as well as students working on their bachelor and master theses.

During her PhD, Fennie also did some teaching. "I learned a lot from coaching working groups as well as students working on their bachelor and master theses. Giving lectures and presenting my work at international conferences also added to my teaching skills and experience".

Nowadays, Fennie is Assistant Professor at Utrecht University. She teaches for half her time, the other half is spent on research. She teaches subjects like ‘Planning for Sustainable Cities' in the master and ‘Planning Methods’ in the bachelor, in addition to the supervision of bachelor and master theses. "Bachelor and master students are very different, but it is fun working towards a goal with both groups. Right now, one of my bachelor students is working on a scientific publication about his thesis, which is really cool."

Combining her work with being a mum is a pretty tough task for Fennie. But the job is certainly worth the hard work. "I really love the freedom you have as a researcher. You can spend your time exactly the way you want to."

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