PhD position Urban modelling in Amsterdam


At SPINlab, dept. Spatial Economics

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands

For the recently approved SIMITRI project (funded by JPI-Urban Europe and NSFC) we are looking for a PhD researcher that will develop an urban land use and transport modelling environment. Building on recent experience with of state-of-the-art land-use models applied in the Dutch planning context, this new model will help addresses contemporary planning issues such as urban extension-densification, spatial distribution of residents-employment; and inclusiveness/equity issues.

The candidate will focus on understanding and simulating urban development dynamics and addressing the land-use implications of socio-economic and demographic scenarios in relation to (changes in) accessibility and spatial planning alternatives. This involves empirical analyses of changes in urban land use relying on spatially explicit data sources and spatial analysis techniques using geographical information systems and statistical approaches. Based on these insights a spatial simulation approach will be developed that combines the current spatial distribution of demographic and socio-economic groups, expected changes in their location preferences, the competition for space between these groups and government interventions in relation to, for example, changes in the transport infrastructure.

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