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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 2018

Agricultural land systems: Explaining and simulating agricultural land-use patterns

Pinto Nunes NogueiraDiogo, V., 2018, 357 p.

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

Open Access

Analysing and simulating urban density: Exploring the difference between policy ambitions and actual trends in the Netherlands

Koomen, E., Dekkers, J. E. C. & Broitman, D., Jan 2018, Spatial Analysis and Location Modeling in Urban and Regional Systems. Thill, J. C. (ed.). Berlin: Springer, p. 145-171 27 p. (Advances in Geographic Information Science Series)

Research output: Chapter in Book / Report / Conference proceedingChapterAcademic

urban area
urban development
land use
residential development
urban growth

Are current cities dense enough? a case study for the Netherlands

Claassens, J. & Koomen, E., 31 Aug 2018

Research output: Contribution to ConferenceAbstractProfessional

The Netherlands
Land prices
Urban areas
Land use
Construction costs

Assessing the impact of road development on household welfare in rural Papua New Guinea

Edmonds, C., Wiegand, M., Koomen, E., Pradhan, M. P. & Andree, B. P. J., 2018, Financing Infrastructure in Asia and the Pacific: Capturing Impacts and New Sources. Yoshino, N., Helble, M. & Abidhadjaev, U. (eds.). Tokyo: Asian Development Bank Institute, p. 189-235 47 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book / Report / Conference proceedingChapterProfessional

Open Access

Lessons and challenges in land change modeling derived from synthesis of cross-case comparisons

Pontius Jr., R. G., Castella, J. C., de Nijs, T., Duan, Z., Fotsing, E., Goldstein, N., Kok, K., Koomen, E., Lippitt, C. D., McConnel, W., Mohd Sood, A., Pijanowski, B. C., Verburg, P. H. & Veldkamp, A. T., 2018, Trends in spatial analysis and modelling. Behnisch, M. & Meine, G. (eds.). Cham: Springer International Publishing AG, p. 143-164 22 p. (Geotechnologies and the Environment; vol. 19)

Research output: Chapter in Book / Report / Conference proceedingChapterAcademicpeer-review


Activities 2002 2017

  • 18 Lecture / Presentation
  • 3 Editorial work

Applied Spatial Analysis and Policy (Journal)

Koomen, E. (Member of editorial board)
Jan 2017 → …

Activity: Peer review and Editorial workEditorial workAcademic

Computers, Environment and Urban Systems (Journal)

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

Activity: Peer review and Editorial workEditorial workAcademic

Simulating land use change to explore sustainable urban renewal strategies in the context of flood risk

B.C. Rijken (Speaker), Koomen, E. (Speaker)
24 Sep 2014

Activity: Lecture / PresentationProfessional


Analysing climate change impacts on local economic performance of Dutch agricultural systems

V. Diogo (Speaker), P. Reidsma (Speaker), B. Schaap (Speaker), Koomen, E. (Speaker)
24 Sep 2014

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic



Grant for Evaluation Opening Noord-Zuidlijn

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

Prize: Prize / AwardAcademic

real estate
labor market
policy analysis
integrated approach
economic development


E. Koomen (Recipient), 2018

Prize: Prize / AwardAcademic

land use
information technology
urban development

SURF Pop Up-call 2016

E. Koomen (Recipient), 2016

Prize: Prize / AwardAcademic