Simulated impacts of the new national spatial strategy

Spatial planning relates to policy interventions that aim to steer spatial developments in such a way that societal and environmental conditions are improving, whilst also meeting other objectives related to, for example, economic development, water management and biodiversity conservation. Reconciling these often conflicting objectives is an extremely demanding task that calls for: clear undisputed information on current developments; insight in possible future trends; the preparation of alternative policy measures and an understanding of their impact. Spatial analysis can provide the required information on past, current and projected spatial developments as well as indicate the impact of existing and proposed policy measures as is demonstrated in this thesis. See the figure on this page as an example of an analysis result (Source: Koomen and Dekkers, 2013).

SPINlab combines various forms of spatial analysis with newly available and highly detailed spatial data sets in research that supports the formulation of spatial polices in domains such as:



Floating car data bruikbaar voor de analyse van deur-tot-deur reistijdbetrouwbaarheid

De toenemende beschikbaarheid van nieuwe (big) databronnen en data sciences methoden opent mogelijkheden om op een alternatieve manier verplaatsingsgedrag in termen van herkomst en bestemming, verplaatsingsmotief en routekeuze te analyseren.  Dit onderzoeksproject heeft verkend in hoeverre het mogelijk is om floating car data te gebruiken om analyses naar de betrouwbaarheid...Read More »

Spatial and Financial Feasibility of Further Urban Densification to be investigated by SPINlab

Amsterdam Zuidas seen from the top of the VU building (copyright: Eric Koomen)

The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) has granted three research proposals in the SURF Pop Up 2016 tender. One of them concerns the feasibility of further urban densification. This proposal has been...Read More »

Ruimtelijke analyses relatie stedelijk landgebruik, lokale kenmerken en lange-afstandsbereikbaarheid

Promotie SPINlab-onderzoeker Chris Jacobs-Crisioni

30 november 2016, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

De verhitte concurrentie tussen spoorexploitanten heeft gezorgd voor overinvestering op het netwerk en bijgedragen aan een te dicht spoornetwerk in Nederland. Het 19e-eeuwse Nederlandse spoorwegnetwerk is voornamelijk ontwikkeld voor winst en de Nederlandse staat deed competitief mee in de spoorweguitbreiding, zonder rekening...Read More »

Increasing costs related to soil subsidence

The Dutch 20 o’clock news today reported about a study of the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency (PBL). Their study (in Dutch) is entitled ‘Dalende bodems, stijgende kosten’. It discusses the consequences of soil subsidence and describes possible alternative measures for both rural and urban areas. The conclusion is that we...Read More »

SPINlab participates in large VU-project for Agribusiness Development Project in Kenya

The Centre for International Cooperation of VU Amsterdam (CIS-VU) has been awarded a grant worth €1.8 mln. to implement a project on Spatial Planning for Agribusiness and Public Policy Development in Kenya. The grant is part of the Netherlands Initiative for Capacity development in Higher Education (NICHE), a Netherlands-funded...Read More »

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