prof. dr. ir. Peter H. Verburg

prof. dr. ir.

  • Room A-645, W&N-building

  • Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM), De Boelelaan 1087

    1081 HV Amsterdam

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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 is named a Highly Cited Researcher for 2018 that ranks in the top 1% by citations in Web of Science. 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 250 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, environmental decision making, scenarios, multi-functional land use, sustainable intensification, landscape aestetics.


  • 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 - present
  • Elsevier publisher | Amsterdam | co-editor-in-chief | 2019-01-01 - present

Ancillary activities are updated daily


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Research Output 2006 2020

Impacts of future climate and land use change on water yield in a semi‐arid basin in Iran

Shirmohammadi Chelan, B., Malekian, A., Salajegh, A., Taheri, B., Azarnivand, H., Malek, Z. & Verburg, P. H., 13 Jan 2020, In : Land Degradation & Development.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

water yield
Land use
land use change
land use

Scenario analysis for integrated water resources management under future land use change in the Urmia Lake region, Iran

Shirmohammadi Chelan, B., Malekian, A., Salajegh, A., Taheri, B., Azarnivand, H., Malek, Z. & Verburg, P. H., Jan 2020, In : Land Use Policy. 90, 104299.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
water management
land use change
land use

The peri-urbanization of Europe: A systematic review of a multifaceted process

Shaw, B. J., van Vliet, J. & Verburg, P. H., 2020, In : Landscape and Urban Planning. 103733.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

periurban area
land cover
planning process
land management

Advancing the Representation of Human Dimensions in Large-scale Land Use Models: Case studies from Laos

Ornetsmüller, C., 2019, 224 p.

Research output: PhD ThesisPhD Thesis - Research VU, graduation VUAcademic

Open Access

Assessing the environmental impacts of production- and consumption-side measures in sustainable agriculture intensification in the European Union

Bais-Moleman, A. L., Schulp, C. J. E. & Verburg, P. H., 15 Mar 2019, In : Geoderma. 338, p. 555-567 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

sustainable agricultural intensification
agricultural intensification
alternative agriculture
European Union
environmental impact

Activities 2010 2015

  • 9 Editorial work
  • 7 Membership
  • 5 Lecture / Presentation
  • 1 Conference

NXP Semiconductors (External organisation)

P.H. Verburg (Member)

Activity: MembershipAcademic

Global Environmental Change (Journal)

P.H. Verburg (Member of editorial board)

Activity: Peer review and Editorial workEditorial workAcademic