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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.

Education

  • 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

Publications

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

Keywords

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Research Output 2006 2019

sustainable agricultural intensification
agricultural intensification
alternative agriculture
European Union
environmental impact

Beyond the urban-rural dichotomy: Towards a more nuanced analysis of changes in built-up land

van Vliet, J., Verburg, P. H., Grădinaru, S. & Hersperger, A. M., 2019, In : Computers, Environment and Urban Systems. 74

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

land use
pixel
urban population
population density
land use change

Characterizing outdoor recreation user groups: a typology of peri-urban recreationists in the Kromme Rijn area, the Netherlands.

Komossa, F., van der Zanden, E. H. & Verburg, P. H., Jan 2019, In : Land Use Policy. 80, p. 264-258

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

recreation users
outdoor recreation
recreation
typology
Netherlands

Crowdsourcing geo-information on landscape perceptions and preferences: A review

Bubalo, M., van Zanten, B. T. & Verburg, P. H., 1 Apr 2019, In : Landscape and Urban Planning. 184, p. 101-111 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalReview articleAcademicpeer-review

ecosystem service
learning
project
indicator
in situ

Different environmental drivers of alien tree invasion affect different life-stages and operate at different spatial scales

Vicente, J. R., Kueffer, C., Richardson, D. M., Vaz, A. S., Cabral, J. A., Hui, C., Araújo, M. B., Kühn, I., Kull, C. A., Verburg, P. H., Marchante, E. & Honrado, J. P., 15 Feb 2019, In : Forest Ecology and Management. 433, p. 263-275 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Acacia dealbata
invasive species
species occurrence
testing
introduced species

Activities 2010 2015

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

NXP Semiconductors (External organisation)

P.H. Verburg (Member)
2014

Activity: MembershipAcademic

Open University of the Netherlands (External organisation)

P.H. Verburg (Member)
2014

Activity: MembershipAcademic

Global Environmental Change (Journal)

P.H. Verburg (Member of editorial board)
20132015

Activity: Peer review and Editorial workEditorial workAcademic