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Emma van der Zanden is a Postdoctoral researcher interested in the processes and patterns of change in agricultural landscapes, from the local to European level. Her research focusses on landscape characterization, including the mapping and typology development of agricultural landscapes, as well as on the consequences of landscape change (particularly agricultural abandonment). Currently, she is involved in the TALE project on the trade-off between food production, biodiversity, and ecosystem services, which includes a case study in the Netherlands (Kromme Rijn). Emma is also involved in teaching in BSc and MSc courses and in the daily supervision of PhD students.


Land use change, Land abandonmentEcosystem services, Spatial Analysis, Modelling. 


2016: PhD in Environmental Geography, VU University Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

2011: MSc in Physical Geography, Utrecht University, the Netherlands.

2008: BSc in Liberal Arts and Sciences (majors Human Geography and Earth Sciences), University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands, cum laude.

Ancillary activities

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Last update Ancillary Activities: Amsterdam (2018-02-18)

Education / Academic qualification

Bachelor, University of Amsterdam

Master, Utrecht University

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Research Output 2013 2018

  • 14 Article
  • 1 PhD Thesis - Research VU, graduation VU
Open Access

. Identifying pathways to visions of future land use in Europe

Verkerk, P. J., Lindner, M., Perez-Soba, M., Helming, J., Paterson, J., Verburg, P. H., Kuemmerle, T., Lotze-Campen, H., Moiseyev, A., Muller, D., Popp, A., Schulp, C. J. E., Sturck, J., Tabeau, A., Wolfslehner, B. & van der Zanden, E. H. 2017 In : Regional Environmental Change.

Research output: Scientific - peer-reviewArticle

A cross-scale impact assessment of European nature protection policies under contrasting future socio-economic pathways

Lotze-Campen, H., Verburg, P. H., Popp, A., Lindner, M., Verkerk, P. J., Moiseyev, A., Schrammeijer, B., Helming, J., Tabeau, A., Schulp, C. J. E., van der Zanden, E. H., Lavalle, C., E Silva, F. B., Walz, A. & Bodirsky, B. 16 May 2017 In : Regional Environmental Change. p. 1-12 12 p.

Research output: Scientific - peer-reviewArticle