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Eric Koomen is associate professor at the Department of Spatial Economics of Vrije Universiteit 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 several courses including 'Land-use change' and 'Imaging and Assessing Landscapes' at VU Amsterdam. In addition he is coordinator of the 'Urban Environment Lab' at Amsterdam University College. 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), Applied Spatial Analysis and Policy (since 2017) and Landscape and Urban Planning (since 2019).


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


  • Coordinator and main tutor of ‘Land-use change’ as part of the national GI-minor and several other minor programmes at VU Amsterdam
  • Coordinator and main tutor of ‘Imaging and Assessing landscapes’ in the Earth Sciences Master programme at VU Amsterdam.
  • Coordinator and main tutor of ‘Urban environment lab’ at Amsterdam University College.
  • Tutor in several other courses including: 'Aarde, Economie en Duurzaamheid' and 'Geographic Information Systems'.
  • Supervisor of BSc and MSc theses (overview of theses supervised in our group).
  • Supervisor (promotor) of several PhD researchers. Topics include: urban densification, agricultural land-use change, climate adaptation, landscape services, the interrelationships between accessibility and land-use change. Study areas are varied: the Netherlands, the Vietnamese Mekong Delta, Mexico city, several cities in China. and more.
  • Curriculum development and training workshops on Geographic Information Science worldwide (e.g. Kenya, Bhutan, South Asia).

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Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land

Academic qualification

Spatial Economics, PhD, Spatial analysis in support of physical planning, Spatial Economics

Award Date: 19 May 2008

Physical geography, Master

Award Date: 31 Aug 1992


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