Department of Spatial Planning and Environment at the Faculty of Spatial Sciences, University of Groningen
Gwenda van der Vaart - Dr. Gwenda van der Vaart is a Postdoc within the Department of Spatial Planning and Environment at the Faculty of Spatial Sciences, University of Groningen. Her research interests include community development, arts & culture, sense of place, and creative and arts-based research methods.
Gwenda conducted her PhD research titled ‘Arts & Resilience in a Rural Community. The value of arts-based community activities in resilience-building in Pingjum, northern Netherlands’ at the Department of Cultural Geography of the same faculty. In light of her PhD research, she conducted an innovative research project, which used a mix of creative and arts-based research methods. Since 1st May 2019, Gwenda started working as a Postdoc. She is collaborating with prof. dr. Ina Horlings and mainly works on the cultural project ‘Gronings Vuur’ (also with Gea Smidt and Scott Davis) and within RECOMS' perceptions of risk: adaptive community strategies.