Eveline van Leeuwen graduated in Land Use Planning (MSc) at the Wageningen University in 2002 and obtained a PhD in Spatial Economics at VU Amsterdam on the topic of ‘Urban-Rural Interactions’ in 2008. She is now affiliated to Wageningen University as professor and chairholder of the Urban Economics group.

Eveline has a broad interest in economic and social interactions between places at the regional and urban level and how these interactions impact wellbeing/happiness, as well as economic activities and sustainability. In her research, she focusses on the integration of micro- and macro approaches in the field of regional science. Linking agent-based modelling and microsimulation, with macro models, such as input-output models, is an important common thread.

Currently, Eveline and her group are working on how social and physical neighbourhood characteristics contribute to individual level decisions. They focus on sustainable energy consumption and the uptake of renewable energy, healthy lifestyles, as well as circularity and regional food systems. A recently granted Marie-Curie ITN proposal about Energy positive districts allows two PhD students to work on the Energy transition in Amsterdam: one focussing on behaviour, the second one on building an agent-based model to be used in a back-casting exercise. In addition, two of Eveline her PhD students work on the regional food-system of Almere (partly) funded by the Flevo Campus and AMS Institute and in collaboration with AERES applied university. One is looking at potential business cases to enable Almere to consume more regional food, the second PhD student focuses on the regional economy of Almere and Flevoland and (environmental) linkages to the rest of the Netherlands and the World by developing a multi-regional environmental extended input-output model.

Eveline van Leeuwen has been appointed as Scientific Director of AMS Institute effective September 1st.

“Major challenges, such as the energy transition and a circular society, can only be dealt with if cities and rural areas join forces on an equal basis. For that, we need to better understand socio-economic differences, interactions and synergies.”

Eveline van Leeuwen

Scientific Director (Effective September 1st)

A major challenges for all cities, including Amsterdam, is to find space to comply with the high ambitions in terms of renewable energy use and the circular society. Space that can only be found in rural regions, both near and far. And in order to be able to take advantage of that space, relationships between urban and rural residents, politicians and firms need to be red-efined and improved. The large transitions that we face can only be dealt with if we join forces. However, to improve relationships, to reduce protest votes and non-compliance, we need to better understand differences between people and places: The differences between people’s preferences, attitudes and (experienced) choice-sets, as well as differences between local (i.e. at regional, municipal or neighbourhood level) social and physical qualities and opportunities. With these insights, we will be better able to design people- and place based policies, or place-sensitive policies. This is exactly what I want to contribute to.

Project

Sustainability Potential of Urban Food

Metropolitan Food Systems

A project to analyze an urban food system from a spatial perspective. In a hybrid urban metabolism (UM) and input-output (IO) modeling approach, the economic and environmental dimensions of Almere’s food system will be assessed.

News

New Scientific Director AMS Institute

Effective September 1st, Eveline van Leeuwen, Professor of Urban Economics at Wageningen University & Research and international expert on spatial economics, has been appointed as Scientific Director of AMS Institute.

Project

Sustainability Potential of Urban Food

Metropolitan Food Systems

A project to analyze an urban food system from a spatial perspective. In a hybrid urban metabolism (UM) and input-output (IO) modeling approach, the economic and environmental dimensions of Almere’s food system will be assessed.

Project

Sustainability Potential of Urban Food

Metropolitan Food Systems

A project to analyze an urban food system from a spatial perspective. In a hybrid urban metabolism (UM) and input-output (IO) modeling approach, the economic and environmental dimensions of Almere’s food system will be assessed.

News

New Scientific Director AMS Institute

Effective September 1st, Eveline van Leeuwen, Professor of Urban Economics at Wageningen University & Research and international expert on spatial economics, has been appointed as Scientific Director of AMS Institute.

News

New Scientific Director AMS Institute

Effective September 1st, Eveline van Leeuwen, Professor of Urban Economics at Wageningen University & Research and international expert on spatial economics, has been appointed as Scientific Director of AMS Institute.

News

New Scientific Director AMS Institute

Effective September 1st, Eveline van Leeuwen, Professor of Urban Economics at Wageningen University & Research and international expert on spatial economics, has been appointed as Scientific Director of AMS Institute.

News

New Scientific Director AMS Institute

Effective September 1st, Eveline van Leeuwen, Professor of Urban Economics at Wageningen University & Research and international expert on spatial economics, has been appointed as Scientific Director of AMS Institute.