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  • Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM), De Boelelaan 1111

    1081 HV Amsterdam

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Jasper van Vliet is an Associate Professor in Land Use and Urban Development. In his research he aims to better understand land use change and urban development processes and their consequences at scales ranging from local to global. The multi-scale approach underlying his research builds on a range of methodological approaches, including case studies, systematic reviews, spatial analysis, and land use modelling.

His current work focusses on food systems and the role of human settlements in land use change. In 2019 Jasper was awarded a VIDI personal grant for his project 'Guiding human settlements towards sustainable development'. He leads the SDG food project on trade-offs and synergies related to SDG2 in Laos and Myanmar. Jasper leads the Global Land Programme working group on rural-urban interactions.

Jasper teaches BSc and MSc courses on GIS and Spatial analysis, Land use change, and Research design and regularly supervises related thesis projects.


Land use, Urban development, Land cover, Land-use change, Spatial analysis.


2013: PhD in Geo-Information Science, Wageningen University, the Netherlands.

2007: MSc in Geo-Information Science, Wageningen University, the Netherlands.

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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 15 - Life on Land

Academic qualification

Geo-information Science, PhD, Wageningen University

Award Date: 14 Jan 2013

Geo-Information Science, Master, Wageningen University

Award Date: 13 Nov 2006


  • GE Environmental Sciences
  • Land use change
  • land systems
  • G Geography (General)
  • Land cover change
  • Modelling


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  • NWO Vidi Grant

    van Vliet, J (Recipient), 2019