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Peter Verburg is professor Environmental Spatial Analysis and leads the Environmental Geography group that is part of the Institute for Environmental Studies, VU University Amsterdam.

Peter has established a leading position in the field of land use analysis and modelling. He has developed and applied a wide range of methods to analyze spatial patterns of land use at scales from local to global. Methods used in his research originate from different disciplines, including social sciences (interviews, participatory workshops, multi-level statistics, foresight and scenario studies), econometrics (efficiency analysis, spatial econometrics), geography (accessibility analysis, spatial modelling, remote sensing) and earth sciences (biogeochemical modelling).

Having worked with collaborators from this wide variety of fields Peter has established insight in the different disciplinary traditions and vocabularies which facilitates interdisciplinary collaboration. His work on regional and global scale land use modeling has resulted in one of the most frequently used land use models worldwide (CLUE). Peter is the former chair of the Global Land Programme of Future Earth and is actively involved in several EU-level research projects in the field of land use, sustainable city planning, climate change adaptation, rural development and ecosystem services. He has published over 180 peer-reviewed articles and several book chapters. He has organized workshops and post-graduate courses on the topic of land use modelling and ecosystem services.

Expertise: Land change analysis, spatial analysis and modeling, landscape ecology, ecosystem services, interdisciplinary analysis of human-environment interactions, decision support systems, scenarios, multi-functional land sue.


  • 2000: PhD. Land Use Modelling, Wageningen University
  • 1996: MSc. Physical Geography, Wageningen University

Professional employment history

  • 2010-present: Professor Environmental Spatial Analysis, Institute for Environmental Studies, VU University Amsterdam
  • 2009-2010: Senior Researcher at Alterra, WUR
  • 2003-2010: Assistant professor, Land dynamics group, Wageningen University
  • 2001-2003: Post-doc, Faculty of Geographical Sciences, Utrecht University
  • 2000-2003:  Post-doc, Laboratory of Soil Science and Geology, Wageningen University
  • 1996-2000: Junior researcher, Department of Agronomy, Wageningen University


For an overview of my publications please visit my ResearchGate profile.

Ancillary activities

  • Swiss Federal Research Institute WSL | Birmensdorf | Medewerker | 2016-03-01

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Research Output 2006 2018

Abandonment landscapes: user attitudes, alternative futures and land management in Castro Laboreiro, Portugal

van der Zanden , E. H., Carvalho-Ribeiro, S. M. & Verburg, P. H. 10 Feb 2018 In : Regional Environmental Change. 18, 5, p. 1509-1520

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access

A global assessment of gross and net land change dynamics for current conditions and future scenarios

Fuchs, R., Prestele, R. & Verburg, P. H. 3 May 2018 In : Earth System Dynamics. 9, 2, p. 441-458

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access

A short presentation of CLUmondo

van Vliet, J. & Verburg, P. H. 2018 Geomatic Approaches for Modeling Land Change Scenarios. Olmedo, M. T. C., Paegelow, M., Mas, J-F. & Escobar, F. (eds.). Springer, p. 485-492 8 p. (Lecture Notes in Geoinformation and Cartography)

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

A spatially explicit representation of conservation agriculture for application in global change studies

Prestele, R., Hirsch, A. L., Davin, E. L., Seneviratne, S. I. & Verburg, P. H. 2018 In : Global Change Biology.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle