March 2017

IN MEMORIAM Raymond J.G.M. Florax (1956 - 2017)

‘Top Rated Programme’ distinction for Master Spatial, Transport and Environmental Economics
The Keuzegids – the Netherlands’ influential higher education guide for prospective students – has awarded the distinction of ‘Top Rated Programme’ to VU Amsterdam’s STREEM. Students are particularly enthusiastic about the quality of the teaching staff, the internal communication within the programme, and the course content. Read more. 

"Economische Verkenningen Metropoolregio Amsterdam" 2017
On March 2, 2017, Henri de Groot presented the latest edition of "Economische Verkenningen Metropoolregio Amsterdam" (Economic Outlook Metropolitan Region Amsterdam - EVMRA), during a symposium held at the Eye Filmmuseum. EVMRA is a publication of Amsterdam Municipality, commissioned by Platform Regionaal Economische Structuur (PRES). The research was carried out by TNO, NEO Observatory, Ecorys and Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. More information (in Dutch). 

January 2017

NWO Grant for 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, a proposal submitted by SPINlab researcher Eric KoomenMore information.

December 2016

JOEG Best Referee Award for Hans Koster

Hans Koster won the JOEG (Journal of Economic Geography) Best Referee Award 2016. This award is given annually to the referees used in the previous year who, in the views of the Editors, have made an outstanding contribution to JOEG in terms of the number of reviews provided, speed of response, and quality and helpfulness of the comments.

September 2016

Erik Verhoef Fellow of KiM
As of August 1, 2016, Erik Verhoef is Fellow of KiM (Kennisinstituut voor Mobiliteitsbeleid, the Netherlands Institute for Transport Policy Analysis). KiM provides knowledge inputs for the preparation of mobility policy at the Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment. KiM carries out research and, in addition, collects the results of studies conducted elsewhere. KiM has attached professors from the Netherlands and abroad: the KiM fellows. These fellows provide scientific 'strengthening' for KiM's research activities.

More information on the KiM website

June 2016

Lifetime Achievement for Henk Scholten
Henk Scholten, Scientific Director of the Spatial Information laboratory (SPINlab) at the Department of Spatial Economics of VU Amsterdam, has been honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award by Geospatial Media and Communications for the year 2015. Having very unique social characteristics and instincts, Henk has immensely contributed in overall development of GIS and geospatial community worldwide.

Prof. Henk Scholten recognized as Geospatial World Leader

Very good scores for STREEM
The Master in Spatial, Transport and Environmental Economics (STREEM) scores 4.2 (on a five-point scale) according to the results of the NSE (National Student Questionnaire) 2016. Students are particularly pleased with the teaching staff, the scientific training, and the group size. The score indicates that STREEM is one of the best performing masters in the Netherlands.


April 2016

TI/ERC Conference ‘Combating Climate Change’
On Apil 21-22, the TI/ERC Conference on Combating Climate Change. Lessons from Macroeconomics, Political Economy and Public Finance was held at the Tinbergen Institute. The conference marked the completion of the ERC Advanced Grant ‘Combating Climate Change – Political Economy of Green Paradoxes’, directed by Cees Withagen and Rick van der Ploeg. Key note lectures were given by Geoffrey Heal (Columbia University) and Hans-Werner Sinn (CESifo). There were 54 presentations altogether and around 70 people attended the conference. The European Economic Review and Environmental and Resource Economics will devote special issues to the conference. Cees Withagen’s valedictory lecture on Green and Gray Paradoxes concluded the conference.

December 2015

Four research proposals accepted
In December, 2015, four of the Department’s research proposals in the field of Urban, Transport and Environmental Economics were accepted. The proposals fall within in the Dutch SURF programme Smart Urban Regions for the Future and the European JPI Urban Europe programme (ERA-NET COFUND Smart Cities and Communities (ENSCC)). This allows our department to attract four new PhD students, and provides post-doc research time to work on themes such as: automated driving; smart incentives and tradable peak hour permits; evaluation of commuting behavior and innovative urban transport policies; and the interrelations between urban form, energy use and local environmental quality. Principle investigators from the Department include Peter Mulder, Steven Poelhekke, Jos van Ommeren and Erik Verhoef.

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Three researchers of our department in ESB Top 40
Three researchers from the Department made it into the ESB Top 40 of Economists this year: Erik Verhoef (11), Jos van Ommeren (13) and, new in the list, Vincent van den Berg (36, picture). Special mention was made of Rick van der Ploeg: had his affiliation in the Netherlands been large enough, he would have been number 1 in the list. The ESB list is based on journal publications in the years 2010-2014, using the Web of Science database of Thomson Reuters, weighted by a bibliometric quality indicator.

ESB: Economentop 40 2015 (Dutch)