Dr Wilbert den Hoed

Research Associate

European Policies Research Centre

Personal statement

Wilbert den Hoed works a Research Associate at EPRC. He holds a PhD in Human Geography from Newcastle University (2018), where he studied mobility and urban living among ageing populations. Wilbert has further research interests in urban and regional issues, population ageing, and tourism. He has experience in quantitative, qualitative (video), and spatial analysis. Other qualifications include an MSc and BSc in Human Geography and Planning at Utrecht University, the Netherlands.

Over the last years, Wilbert gained research experience in Urban and Transport Geography, Geographies of Ageing, GIS, Mobilities and Tourism. He has teaching experience in research methods in Geography and Urban Planning. In 2014-2017, he was a member of the EPSRC-funded MyPlace project that studied Newcastle as an Age-Friendly City. During his Master's degree, Wilbert examined tourism mobilities among professional visitors in Barcelona, Spain, where he lived and worked for one year. He published his Master’s and PhD research in academic articles and presented at a range of academic and professional conferences.

Wilbert is fluent in Dutch, English and Spanish.


Normalising cycling mobilities : an age-friendly approach to cycling in the Netherlands
den Hoed Wilbert, Jarvis Helen
Applied Mobilities (2021)
Regional Policy and the Urban Paradox : Reinforcing the Urban Dimension in a Time of Crisis
Ferry Martin, den Hoed Wilbert
Smart strategies for the transition in coal intensive regions
Mergner Rita, Janssen Rainer, Rutz Dominik, Malamatenios Charalampos, Veziryianni Georgia, Knoche Dirk, Rademacher Anne, Schlepphorst Rainer, Davies Sara, Michie Rona, den Hoed Wilbert, Radulov Lulin, Doczekal Christian, Arrowsmith Greg, Popescu Gloria, Dobrin Marian, Lukic Jasmina Mandic, Mesarovic Miodrag, Volchyn Igor, Bondzyk Dmytro, Pietrzykowski Marcin, Likus-Cieslik Justyna, Rees Trygve, Palmer Ken, Frouz Jan, Hendrychova Marketa, Irimie Sabina
The 28th European Biomass Conference and Exhibition, pp. 936-940 (2020)
Where everyday mobility meets tourism : an age-friendly perspective on cycling in the Netherlands and the UK
den Hoed Wilbert
Journal of Sustainable Tourism Vol 28, pp. 185-203 (2020)
Energy Transition in Europe's Coal Regions : Issues for Regional Policy
Davies Sara, den Hoed Wilbert, Michie Rona
European Policy Research Papers European Policy Research Papers, Vol 116 (2020)
Transition to a Low-carbon Europe : the Supporting Role of Cohesion Policy
Vironen Heidi, McMaster Irene, den Hoed Wilbert
IQ-Net Thematic Paper IQ-Net Thematic Paper, Vol 44, No. 2 (2019)

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Professional activities

TRACER Stakeholder Workshop on the Wales Case Study
RSA's Regions in Recovery

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Study on Municipal Use of EU Cohesion Funds in Response to COVID-19
Ferry, Martin (Principal Investigator) den Hoed, Wilbert (Co-investigator)
This study provides insights into how municipalities have used Cohesion Policy funding in response to the COVID-19 crisis. It has been carried out in autumn 2020 at the request of the European Parliament’s REGI Committee (GUE/NGL).
19-Jan-2020 - 04-Jan-2020
Smart strategies for the transition in coal intensive regions
den Hoed, Wilbert (Researcher) Michie, Rona (Researcher) Bachtler, John (Researcher) Fonseca, Liliana (Researcher)
The overall objective of TRACER is to support nine coal-intensive regions around Europe to design (or re-design) their Research and Innovation (R&I) strategies in order to facilitate their transition towards a sustainable energy system. Good geographical coverage among countries and regions with high dependence on coal production and use has been ensured through the inclusion of seven target regions in EU Member States: South East Bulgaria, North West Bohemia - Czech Republic, Lusatian Lignite District - Germany, West Macedonia - Greece, Upper Silesia - Poland, Jiu Valley - Romania, and Wales - UK. Two target regions are located outside the EU: Kolubara - Serbia and Donetsk - Ukraine. Core activities of TRACER include the Implementation of an EDP (Entrepreneurial Discovery Process) to mobilise a wide range of stakeholders in each target region to develop an appropriate governance structure and to bring regional stakeholders together to discuss and agree on a shared vision and priorities for coal transition. R&I strategies, industrial roadmaps and decision support tools will be developed jointly with key stakeholders of the TRACER target regions. Further TRACER activities include the identification and analysis of best practice examples of successful and ambitious transition processes in coal intensive regions, a detailed assessment of social, environmental and technological challenges, the elaboration of guidelines on how to mobilise investment as well as dedicated activities to stimulate R&I cooperation among coal intensive regions in Europe and beyond.
01-Jan-2019 - 30-Jan-2022

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