AMS Prof. dr. Leonie Janssen-Jansen passed away April 11th, 2018

It is with great sadness that we have to share that Prof. dr. Leonie Janssen-Jansen passed away peacefully on the 11th of April, 2018. As an AMS Principal Investigator, she led the R-LINK project with much dedication. Our sympathy goes out to her family, friends and loved ones.

Following the R-LINK obituary notice:
“We have lost an inspirational, enthusiastic and critical colleague, supervisor and project leader. Leonie passionately invested her time and effort into the R-LINK project and our research team, right up until her last moments. Her passing has left us bereft and deeply saddened.

After completing her doctoral dissertation at the University of Utrecht in 2004, Leonie worked for a decade at the Department of Human Geography, Planning and International Development of the University of Amsterdam, as a researcher, an assistant professor and finally an associate professor in 2011. She built up a strong international academic network. She was Visiting Professor at the University of Ulster and was first vice-president, then president of the International Academic Association on Planning, Law and Property Rights (PLPR), and functioned as the PLPR thematic group leader for the Association of European Schools of Planning (AESOP).

She was appointed Professor of Land Use Planning at Wageningen University and Research on June 1st, 2015. She reflected critically on the various developments in her field and challenged mainstream trends of governmental devolution of responsibilities in spatial planning.  Her investigations formed the basis of the R-LINK project, a 5-year project in collaboration with various universities, governmental organizations, and municipalities to explore how the trending small-scale, bottom-up initiatives in urban development play a role in contributing to and engaging with urgent societal challenges.

Leonie was incredibly productive, always driven, analytical and opinionated. She was never afraid to confront sensitive topics or debate established ideas within her field or in academia. Even during her sickness, she sought to fight the political debate on how expensive and experimental medication should be discontinued for one such as herself and became the face for that discussion on multiple public forums. She had a strong sense of ethics and kept high standards of academic integrity for herself and those around her. Above all else, she was instrumental as a mentor and friend for many young academics and professionals in her field. The R-LINK research team will sorely miss her but seek to uphold her ideas and ideals.”