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Carola de Groot

  • Dr.
  • Researcher Housing and Demography
  • Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency (PBL)
  • 19PublicationsNumber of items in Carola's My Publications folder on Mendeley.
  • 6Followers


From 2000 till 2005, I studied Economics, with a specialisation in Spatial Economics, at the Free University of Amsterdam. In the final year of my study, I investigated the suburbanisation of non-Western migrants for Amsterdam while stationed at the former Ministry of Housing, Spatial Planning and the Environment (VROM), which resulted in my thesis “Black Flight”. After obtaining my Master’s degree (cum laude), I started to work as a researcher at the PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency in The Hague (mid 2005). I'm still employed at the PBL where I'm mainly working on research topics regarding residential mobility decision processes, demographic developments, and the connection between spatial developments and demographic developments such as the greying and declining population. From 2006 till 2011, I also worked as a PhD student at the Amsterdam Institute for Metropolitan and International Development Studies (AMIDSt) of the University of Amsterdam. My PhD research addressed the discrepancy between individuals' stated intentions to move and their actual mobility behaviour. Through 5 complementary studies, I investigated the mechanisms contributing to behavioural inconsistencies in the individual mobility decision-making process through a longitudinal investigation of actual residential behaviour conditional on mobility intentions and residential preferences. Each study is written as an individual research paper; four studies have been published in an international peer-reviewed scientific journal and one has been published as a chapter of a book. For those who are interested, my thesis can be downloaded from and a paper copy can be ordered by sending me an email with the shipping details.

Recent publications

  • Longitudinal analysis of the formation and realisation of preferences to move into homeownership in the Netherlands

    • De Groot C
    • Manting D
    • Clara H Mulder
  • Once an outsider, always an outsider? The accessibility of the Dutch rural housing market among locals and non-locals

    • De Groot C
    • Daalhuizen F
    • Van Dam F
    • et al.

Professional experience

Researcher Housing and Demography

Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency (PBL)

September 2005 - Present

PhD student

University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research (AISSR)

September 2006 - October 2011(5 years)


MSc in Economics, Cum Laude (highest grade in the Netherlands)

Free University of Amsterdam (VU)

February 2000 - February 2005(5 years)

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