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Dr. Maureen Lankhuizen is assistant professor at the Department of Spatial Economics (VU Amsterdam). She studied economics at Maastricht University. After graduating in March 1994 she worked as a researcher/consultant in a number of research companies. In 2009 she obtained her Ph.D. from Radboud University Nijmegen with a dissertation on the determinants of foreign direct investments.

Her research interests include regional development, trade and commodity flows, foreign direct investment, and quantitative research including input-output analysis and the construction of regional datasets.

She teaches at the School of Business and Economics and the Faculty of Sciences at VU Amsterdam. She has also taught at the Amsterdam University College and the University of Amsterdam (UvA). 


Maureen Lankhuizen's research focuses on models of spatial and geographic interaction. Her research is mostly empirical in nature. Key research topics include gravity equations of international trade and foreign direct investment, regional development and regional input-output (IO) analysis, construction of regional data (e.g. regional IO tables and integrated data on regional trade and transport), and Bayesian multilevel models. 

Selected projects:

  • De weerbare regio: regionaal-economische impactmitigatie van Corona-maatregelen, ZonMw
  • Smart Specialisation for Regional Innovation, European Commission, FP7 Cooperation Programme
  • Sustainable Accessibility of the Randstad (SAR), NWO (Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research)
  • De Economische Verkenningen Metropoolregio Amsterdam (Economische Zaken Amsterdam/Kamer van Koophandel Amsterdam)


  • Bachelor Earth, Economics and Sustainability, Faculty of Sciences (VU Amsterdam)
  • Master Transport and Supply Chain Management, School of Business and Economics (VU Amsterdam)
  • Bachelor Economics and Business Economics, School of Business and Economics (VU Amsterdam)
  • Bachelor Natural and Social Sciences, Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies (University of Amsterdam)
  • Amsterdam University College

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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 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

Academic qualification

PhD, Determinants of Foreign Direct Investment: an empirical investigation into sources of attraction, Radboud University Nijmegen


Award Date: 7 Sept 2009

Master, Maastricht University

Sept 1989Mar 1994

Award Date: 31 Mar 1994


  • HB Economic Theory
  • HA Statistics

User created Keywords

  • Trade
  • Input-output analysis
  • Regional development
  • Gravity equation
  • Transport
  • Bayesian multilevel modelling

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