Prof. dr. Peter Verburg

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faculteit der bètawetenschappen ( environmental geography )
Full Professor and Department Head


Peter Verburg is professor Environmental Spatial Analysis and leads the Environmental Geography group that is part of the Department of Earth Sciences and affiliated with the Institute for Environmental Studies, VU University Amsterdam. Peter Verburg 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-s; see Peter is chairing the Global Land Project 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.


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.

Academic training

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

Professional employment history

2010-present                 Professor Environmental Spatial Analysis, Faculty of Earth and Life Sciences, 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


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Ancillary activities

Swiss Federal Research Institute WSL - Employee Birmensdorf, 01 maart 2016
Last changes Ancillary activities: Amsterdam 27 januari 2017