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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 2019

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

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

Neighbourhood characteristics and prevalence and severity of depression: pooled analysis of eight Dutch cohort studies

Generaal, E., Hoogendijk, E. O., Stam, M., Henke, C. E., Rutters, F., Oosterman, M., Huisman, M., Kramer, S. E., Elders, P. J. M., Timmermans, E. J., Lakerveld, J., Koomen, E., Ten Have, M., de Graaf, R., Snijder, M. B., Stronks, K., Willemsen, G., Boomsma, D. I., Smit, J. H. & Penninx, B. W. J. H., 6 May 2019, In : The British journal of psychiatry : the journal of mental science. p. 1-8 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Cohort Studies
Odds Ratio
Social Security

The financial feasibility of residential development options in the existing city: Spinlab Research Memorandum SL-15

Claassens, J., Hilferink, M. T. A., Rijken, B. C. & Koomen, E., 15 Mar 2019, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. 41 p.

Research output: Book / ReportReportProfessional

Open Access

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

Activities 2002 2017

  • 18 Lecture / Presentation
  • 3 Editorial work

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

Assessing future urban heat island patterns following socio-economic and climate scenarios

E. Koomen (Speaker), V. Diogo (Speaker)
24 Sep 2014

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic


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

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

Activity: Lecture / PresentationProfessional



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


Eric Koomen (Recipient), 2018


land use
information technology
urban development

SURF Pop Up-call 2016

Eric Koomen (Recipient), 2016