B.T. van Zanten MSc.

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faculteit der bètawetenschappen ( cluster aarde en klimaat ), faculteit der bètawetenschappen ( environmental geography )
PhD Researcher


Boris van Zanten has been employed at the IVM since February 2012. He is a PhD student at the Spatial Analysis and Decision Support department under supervision of Peter Verburg en Pieter van Beukering. In the years to come, Boris will work on the CLAIM project. This EU project aims at supporting the role of the European common agricultural policy in landscape valorisation. Within the CLAIM project, he will conduct research on improving ecosystem services valuation methodology and gaining insight in the relations between ecosystem functions.

With a background in human geography and environmental sciences, Boris has a strong interest in multidisciplininary research regarding spatial aspects of both natural and social sciences. He graduated from the MSc programme Environment and Resource Management with a thesis on the coastal protection value of coral reef ecosystems in the United States Virgin Islands.


Ecosystem Services Valuation Studies, Geographical Information Systems (GIS), Spatial Modelling.

Academic training

2012-presentPhD Student, IVM, VU University Amsterdam
2009-2010MSc Environment and Resource Management (ERM), VU University Amsterdam
2005-2009BSc Human Geography, Universiteit van Amsterdam

Professional employment history

2011Freelance Spatial Researcher in Ecosystem Service Valuation Studies, IVM, VU University Amsterdam

Selected publications

Van Zanten, B. T., van Beukering, P. J. H., & Wagtendonk, A. J. (2014). Coastal protection by coral reefs: A framework for spatial assessment and economic valuation. Ocean & Coastal Management, 96, 94–103. doi:10.1016/j.ocecoaman.2014.05.001

Van Zanten, B. T., Verburg, P. H., Espinosa, M., Gomez-y-Paloma, S., Galimberti, G., Kantelhardt, J., … Viaggi, D. (2014). European agricultural landscapes, common agricultural policy and ecosystem services: a review. Agronomy for Sustainable Development, 34(2), 309–325. doi:10.1007/s13593-013-0183-4

Van Zanten, B. T., Verburg, P. H., Koetse, M. J., & van Beukering, P. J. H. (2014). Preferences for European agrarian landscapes: A meta-analysis of case studies. Landscape and Urban Planning, 132, 89–101. doi:10.1016/j.landurbplan.2014.08.012

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