Company profile:

Department of Spatial Economics Vrije Universiteit
De Boelelaan 1105
1081 HV Amsterdam
The Netherlands
Tel: +31-20-5986090
Fax: +31-20-5986004

About the Department of Spatial Economics

The Department of Spatial Economics is engaged in many economic problems in which space plays a prominent role. The department of Spatial Economics offers insights and applications from a multi-disciplinary perspective.

The 60 staff members are involved in both fundamental research as well as in national and international commissioned research. With this research, the department has gained national and international recognition, as shown by the large number of international publications and awards, the appearance of different staff members as experts in the media and the presence of various section members on the typically Dutch phenomenon of 'Economists Parade'. In the Quality Assessment of Research (VSNU, 2002) the Department of Spatial Economics received a high score for two evaluated research programmes.

Concise Curriculum Vitae

Peter Nijkamp

Peter Nijkamp is professor in regional and urban economics and in economic geography at the Free University, Amsterdam. His main research interests cover plan evaluati­on, multicriteria analysis, regional and urban planning, transport systems analysis, mathe­matical modelling, technological innovation, and resource management. In the past years he has focused his research in particular on quantitative methods for policy analysis, as well as on behavioural analysis of economic agents. He has a broad expertise in the area of public policy, services planning, infrastructu­re manage­ment and environmental protection. In all these fields he has publis­hed many books and numerous articles. He is member of editorial boards of more than 20 journals. He has been visiting professor in many universities all over the world. He is past president of the European Regional Science Association and of the Regional Science Association International. He is also fellow of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Sciences, and is immediate past vice-president of this organisation. Since June 2002 he serves as president of the governing board of the Netherlands Research Council (NWO).