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Boris van Zanten is a PhD researcher in the Environmental Geography Group, supervised by Peter Verburg and Pieter van Beukering. His research focuses on improving ecosystem services valuation methodology and gaining insight in the relations between ecosystem functions.

With a background in human geography and environmental sciences, Boris has a strong interest in multidisciplininary research regarding spatial aspects of both natural and social sciences. He graduated from the MSc programme Environment and Resource Management with a thesis on the coastal protection value of coral reef ecosystems in the United States Virgin Islands.


Ecosystem Services Valuation Studies, Geographical Information Systems (GIS), Spatial Modelling.


2016: PhD Quantifying Landscape Aesthetics across spatial scales, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

2010: MSc Environment and Resource Management (ERM), Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

2009: BSc Human Geography, Universiteit van Amsterdam.

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Research Output 2014 2018

  • 13 Article
  • 1 PhD Thesis - Research VU, graduation VU
cultural landscape
social media

Agricultural landscapes, ecosystem services and regional competitiveness—Assessing drivers and mechanisms in nine European case study areas

Schaller, L., Targetti, S., Villanueva, A. J., Zasada, I., Kantelhardt, J., Arriaza, M., Bal, T., Fedrigotti, V. B., Giray, F. H., Häfner, K., Majewski, E., Malak-Rawlikowska, A., Nikolov, D., Paoli, J. C., Piorr, A., Rodríguez-Entrena, M., Ungaro, F., Verburg, P. H., van Zanten, B. & Viaggi, D., 1 Jul 2018, In : Land Use Policy. 76, p. 735-745 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

agricultural landscape
ecosystem service
ecosystem services
agricultural land
Open Access
rural development
agricultural landscape
landscape management

Assessing Landscape Preferences: A Visual Choice Experiment in the Agricultural Region of Märkische Schweiz, Germany

Haefner, K., Zasada, I., van Zanten, B. T., Ungaro, F., Koetse, M. J. & Piorr, A., 2017, In : Landscape Research. 43, 6, p. 846-861

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access

A Comparative Study of Visitor's Visual Preferences in a Dutch and German Agricultural Landscape

van Zanten, B. T., Zasada, I., Koetse, M. J., Ungaro, F., Haefner, K. & Verburg, P. H., 2016, In : Ecosystem Services. 2016, 17, p. 87-98

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

agricultural landscape
comparative study
agricultural land