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1993 …2019

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Personal profile

My biology career started at the University of Nijmegen where I studied and graduated in 1991. My first job was in ITC after which I continued with a PhD study at the University of Groningen. I conducted a PhD study in the field of wetland ecology dealing with restoration prospects for species-rich fen meadows. This concerned mainly experimental work at the crossroads of plant ecology and landscape ecology, hydrology and soil science. In 1999, after various short contracts at ITC, the University of Groningen and the International Agricultural Centre (IAC) in Wageningen, I became Assistant Professor at the Department of Natural Resources in ITC.

Iris van Duren can be reached at: i.c.vanduren@utwente.nl


I was involved in research and education in a wide range of topics. From wetlands via biodiversity to carbon studies and from invasive species to bioenergy assessments. I enjoy being scientifically on the move. My expertise is remote sensing and spatial analysis for various applications within natural resources management. Besides publishing scientific papers I hold a diploma in journalism and I see talking to society equally important to communication within the scientific community.

Knowledge field/theme


Currently, I focus on sustainable biomass production. Carbon in vegetation, biomass feedstock production, bioenergy generation, basically the entire bio-based economy has many spatial aspects. I apply systems analysis within the field of environmental science and ecology. This includes assessment of vegetation status (composition, structure, properties), impact assessment and life cycle assessment. My aim is to deliver meaningful spatial information to balance nature conservation, environmental exploitation and other types of land use.



My education focuses on:

  • Remote sensing and GIS
  • Systems analysis in a spatial context
  • Ecology
  • Mapping techniques
  • Bioenergy
  • Biodiversity
  • Spatial decision making

Research interests

I am involved in a wide range of studies via supervision of MSc and PhD students. In recent years I supervised MSc research in the field of more sustainable palm oil and bioenergy production chains. These studies make clear that "bio" is not the same as "sustainable". As supervisor of PhD students I am also involved in studies to improve the accuracy in mapping forest biomass and plant functional traits. This allows me continuous learning and development of new remote sensing approaches and modelling techniques.

Personal profile

Activities in capacity development

The main projects where I was involved in were contract teaching jobs. I organised refresher courses, was responsible for the coordination and supervision of fieldwork within projects and organized study tours for visiting groups.

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Research Output

Abundance and spatial distribution of the main food species for mountain gorillas in the Virunga Massif, Rwanda

Akayezu, P., van Duren, I. C., Groen, T. A., Grueter, C. C. & Robbins, M. M., 1 Nov 2019, In : Biodiversity and conservation. 28, 13, p. 3597-3620 24 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

  • Protected area zoning: Integrating spatial MCA and Multi-Objective evaluation

    Geneletti, D. & van Duren, I. C., 30 May 2019, Multicriteria Analysis for Environmental Decision-Making. Geneletti, D. (ed.). London, UK; New York, USA: Anthem Press

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterProfessional

    Geo-information for sustainability assessments : powerpoint

    van Duren, I. C., 13 Jun 2017, p. s1-s19.

    Research output: Contribution to conferenceOther

    Open Access

    Geo Information for sustainable production

    van Duren, I. C., 2017, In : ITC news. 2017, 2, p. 3 - 5

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleProfessional

    Open Access

    Living Planet Report; making a difference voor onze aarde : powerpoint

    van Duren, I. C., 2 Oct 2017, p. s1 -s 51.

    Research output: Contribution to conferenceOther

    Open Access