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Eric Koomen is associate professor at the Department of Spatial Economics of the VU University Amsterdam in the Netherlands. His research interests include land-use change analysis, spatial modelling and policy support. In the past 15 years he managed many research projects related to these topics in the Netherlands and abroad. Eric has edited or co-authored three books and published numerous papers in scientific and applied journals and books. He teaches courses on 'Land-use change' and 'Imaging and Assessing Landscapes' in the Earth sciences and Economics programme. In addition he is tutor for 'GIS and Environmental Impact Assessment' in the UNIGIS MSc programme and coordinator of the 'Urban Environment Lab' at Amsterdam University Collega. Furthermore, he is a regular supervisor of BSc and MSc theses and co-supervisor of several PhD candidates.

Eric graduated in Physical Geography and got his first working experience with GIS at the nature conservation section of a water company. Subsequently he worked as a GIS-adviser at the Dutch Ministry of Transport and Water Management where he focussed on the use of GIS for environmental impact assessment. He managed projects for impact assessment, data collection and data construction. His work also involved the adaptation and construction of GIS-tools. In the past few years Eric worked part-time at the Geodan Next Company where he managed projects for regional authorities that inform planners about likely spatial developments, their potential impacts and possible policy alternatives.

He is editorial board member of: Computers, Environment and Urban Systems (since 2015) and Applied Spatial Analysis and Policy (since 2017).


Spatial data analysis; land-use change analysis and modelling; policy support.


  • Coordinator and main tutor of ‘Land-use change’ and ‘Imaging and Assessing landscapes’ in the Earth and Economics programme at VU University Amsterdam.
  • Coordinator and main tutor of ‘Urban environment lab’ at Amsterdam University College.
  • Coordinator and main tutor of ‘GIS and Environmental Impact Assessment’ in the postgraduate UNIGIS-course (UNIGIS website).
  • Tutor in several other courses including: 'Aarde en Economie' and 'Geographic Information Systems'.
  • Supervisor of BSc and MSc theses (overview of theses supervised in our group).
  • Co-supervisor of PhD research on: the interrelationships between accessibility and land-use change; understanding and simulating agricultural land-use patterns; analysing and modelling urban development; and more.
  • Curriculum development and training workshops on Geographic Information Science worldwide (e.g. Kenya, Bhutan, South Asia).

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Education/Academic qualification

Spatial Economics, PhD, Spatial Economics

Physical geography, Master

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Research Output 1993 2020

Landscape service provisions and preferences on the urban–rural fringe

Zhou, T., 2020, 134 p.

Research output: PhD ThesisPhD Thesis - Research VU, graduation VUAcademic

Open Access

Analysing the impact of spatial context on the heat consumption of individual households

Rafiee, A., Dias, E. & Koomen, E., 1 Sep 2019, In : Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews. 112, p. 461-470 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Energy utilization
Interiors (building)
Space heating
Urban planning

An indicator set for capturing long-term open space fragmentation and urban development dynamics

Wagtendonk, A. J. & Koomen, E., 1 Jul 2019, In : Computers, Environment and Urban Systems. 76, p. 178-193 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

open space
urban development
land use

Cities are hot

Koomen, E., May 2019, In : Newsletter Regional Science Association International. 18, may, p. 9-10

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleProfessional

Open Access
Urban economics
Labour productivity

Linking socio-economic and physical dynamics in spatial planning

Claassens, J., Koomen, E. & Rijken, B., 8 Sep 2019, Programme and Book of abstracts: 21st European Colloquium on Theoretical and Quantitative Geography. Caruso, G., Gerber, P., Jones, P., Klein, K. & Perchoux, C. (eds.). Esch-sur-Alzette/Belval: Luxembourg Institute of Socio-Economic Research (LISER), p. 124-125 2 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book / Report / Conference proceedingConference contributionAcademic

Open Access
spatial planning
land use
climate change

Activities 2002 2019

  • 19 Lecture / Presentation
  • 4 Editorial work
  • 1 PhD thesis examination

A sustainable industrial site redevelopment planning support system

Eric Koomen (Examiner)
2 Apr 2019

Activity: PhD thesis ExaminationPhD thesis examination

Landscape and Urban Planning (Journal)

Eric Koomen (Member of editorial board)
2019 → …

Activity: Peer review and Editorial workEditorial workAcademic

Applied Spatial Analysis and Policy (Journal)

Eric Koomen (Member of editorial board)
Jan 2017 → …

Activity: Peer review and Editorial workEditorial workAcademic

Computers, Environment and Urban Systems (Journal)

E. Koomen (Member of editorial board)
2015 → …

Activity: Peer review and Editorial workEditorial workAcademic


Analysing and Exploring Sustainable Urban Strategies (AESUS)

Eric Koomen (Recipient), Henk Scholten (Recipient), P. Rietveld (Recipient), F. Snickars (Recipient), A. van den Brink (Recipient) & W.J.J. Manshanden (Recipient), 1 Jul 2012


urban development
spatial planning

Grant for Evaluation Opening Noord-Zuidlijn

E.T. Verhoef (Recipient), P.R. Koster (Recipient), Eric Koomen (Recipient), Jan Rouwendal (Recipient) & J.S.A. Knockaert (Recipient), 2017


real estate
labor market
policy analysis
integrated approach
economic development

Ruimte voor werken

Eric Koomen (Recipient) & Henri de Groot (Recipient), 24 Jul 2019



Eric Koomen (Recipient), 2018


land use
information technology
urban development

Press / Media

Ruimtegebruik in Nederland

Eric Koomen


1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Expert Comment