Eric Koomen

VU University Amsterdam, The Netherlands


Eric Koomen is Assistant Professor at the Department of Spatial Economics of VU University Amsterdam, Amsterdam, Netherlands. His research interests include urban development, land-use change analysis, spatial modeling and policy support. Eric has edited or co-authored three books and published numerous papers in scientific and applied journals and books. He teaches courses on “Land-use change” and “Assessing the landscape” in the Earth and Economics Programme and he is a Tutor for the Urban Environment Laboratory at Amsterdam University College and GIS and Environmental Impact Assessment in the UNIGIS MSc Programme. He, furthermore, supervises B.S. and M.S. degrees in theses and Ph.D. degree in research. Eric graduated in physical geography and started working with GIS at the nature conservation section of a water company. Subsequently, he worked as GIS Adviser at the Dutch Ministry of Transport and Water Management where he focussed on the use of GIS for environmental impact assessment. In the past few years Eric worked part-time at the Geodan Next Company where he managed projects to inform regional authorities about likely spatial developments, their potential impacts and possible policy alternatives. More information on, for example, his publications and ongoing projects can be found on

Biography Updated on 6 December 2012

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