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I am a geographer and holding a chair in Infrastructuring Urban Futures at the Urban and Regional Planning and Geo-Information Management department at the Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation. Prior to my appointment at ITC in 2017 I worked at the Department of Human Geography, Planning and International Development Studies of the University of Amsterdam (the NL) in various positions, ranging from postdoctoral researcher to Associate Professor. I obtained my PhD in Physical Geography from Utrecht University, the Netherlands.

Research interests

I am holding the chair Infrastructuring Urban Futures in the Research theme PLUS – People, Land and Urban Systems. 

The chair analyses past and present developments of urban processes, and develops scientific methods, approaches and tools to sketch, simulate and analyse urban futures in a collaborative planning environment. The term infrastructuring emphasizes the important relationship between urban development, infrastructures and services (e.g. transport, energy, water, telecommunication, etc.), and it expresses the need to rethink and innovate the way cities are managed and developed. The pressure on urban planners to re-invent their practices raises the question of how research can engage with, and participate in, the development of new urban planning practices which address issues of urban sustainability and the tension between efficiency and inequality. Therefore, the chair investigates how urban governance actors (state, corporates, citizens, academia) develop, organize and practice access to urban infrastructure (transport, energy, water, sewage, etc) and how Geo-T can enhance the planning of and access to urban infrastructures balancing sectorial and social priorities. It combines quantitative, spatial (GIS and Remote Sensing techniques) and qualitative methods and employs a multi-stakeholder perspective to generate information and knowledge from different data sources in urban areas and investigate its use in urban governance and planning processes. 

My specific research topics are:

  • Urban infrastructures and infrastructuring
  • Urban planning support
  • Urban poverty and spatial inequalities
  • Mapping and analyzing urban deprivations / slum areas
  • Urbanisation patterns and processes
  • Sensorial environment of urban public spaces
  • Smart urbanism and urban lifestyles
  • Urban remote sensing
  • Geo-technologies and digital technologies
  • Geographic information analysis and spatial knowledge
  • Participatory mapping / qualitative GIS



Currently I am involved in the following research projects:


2019-2022 INECIS Informal Economies and Creative Industry strategies - Governance arrangements, socio-spatial dynamics and informal economies in urban kampongs in Indonesia

INECIS investigates the relationship between the informal economies of kampongs and formal creative industries strategies, and how these impact the spatial, social and economic development of kampongs. It is funded by NWO-wotro (Indonesia-The Netherlands Cooperation).

2016-2020 A New Urban Epoch? Alternative ways to measure urbanization using VHR remote sensing data

This PhD project explores the potential of Very High Resolution satellite images to research urbanization processes and patterns of small towns at the rural-urban transition and provide alternative measures and conceptualizations of contemporary urbanization. 

2016-2019: CODALoop - Community Data-Loops for energy-efficient urban lifestyles

CODALoop aims at enabling behavioural change in energy use through the design, implementation and assessment of learning and behavioural adaptation feedback loops, supported by a web-based platform through which qualitative and quantitative data are shared.

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2016-2019: DynaSlum: Data Driven Modelling and Decision Support for Slums

DynaSlum processes very high-resolution remote sensing images and builds high-resolution agent-based models that can describe the growth dynamics of slums in Bangalore. – More information at: 

2014-2018: Inclusive partnerships and innovation platforms for sustainable landscapes and greater food sovereignty among tree crop farmers in Ghana and South Africa

The related PhD project that I supervise within this project focuses on the effects of tree-crop farming on the mosaic landscape employing remote-sensing based land use change detection as well as participatory GIS. More information at:

2014-2018: Sound and the city: The nature of the interaction between patterns of human activity and sound in public spaces

This PhD project investigates how activity influences the way how people interpret and evaluate the auditory environment of urban public spaces and how the auditory environment of an urban public spaces affords particular activities in these spaces.


Before I was involved in:

  • Co-editing the book on Geographies of Urban Governance:
  • SIM-City project on agent-based complex network system to interactively explore socio-economic scenarios that can support decision makers of large urban areas, notably Bangalore in India. This project is closely related to Dynaslum.
  • The European project chance2sustain researching how governments and citizens in cities with differing patterns of urban economic growth make use of participatory (or integrated) spatial knowledge management to direct urban governance towards more sustainable development.
  • Investigating the role of spatial information infrastructures for tackling urban poverty in Indian cities
  • Setting up a regional monitoring system for the region of Amsterdam
  • A European research network for the application of Geomorphology and Environmental Impact Assessment to Transport Systems.


I am supervising the following PhD projects

  • Sergio Alvarado Vazquez, Infrastructuring public spaces through social participation and PGIS technologies in local communities
  • Mark Brussel, Measuring socio-spatial equity in transport
  • Fenna Hoefsloot, The politics of ‘smart’ infrastructuring: water distribution in Lima, Peru 
  • Rosa Aguilar, Supporting inclusive and collaborative planning: toward community engagement
  • Robbin-Jan van Duijne, A New Urban Epoch? Alternative ways to measure urbanization using VHR remote sensing data
  • Beatrix Revilla Pineda, Enabling Sustainable Energy Lifestyles through ‘Learning and Behaviour Adaptation’ Feedback Loops in urban communities
  • Edda Bild, Sound and the city: The nature of the interaction between patterns of human activity and sound in public spaces
  • Guowei Lyu, The impacts of different types of Transit Oriented Developments (TODs) on land use, spatial accessibility, and commuting time in the Chinese context
  • Kwabena Asuboteng, The impacts of different types of Transit Oriented Developments (TODs) on land use, spatial accessibility, and commuting time in the Chinese context
  • Julius Muchemi, Domestication of International Environmental Policy in Developing Countries: Linking Community and National Monitoring of UNFCCC REDD+ Policy Mechanism in Kenya
  • Liliana Miranda Sara, Knowledge building in configuring metropolitan water governance


Earlier, I have supervised the following PhD projects

  • Christine Richter (2014), Digital transformations in Indian cities: between paper list and GIS map
  • Tara van Dijk (2014), Sub-altern Urbanism in India Beyond the Mega-City slum
  • Monika Kuffer (2017), Spatial patterns of deprivation in cities of the global south in very high-resolution imagery
  • Kirstin Conti (2017), Norms in multi-level groundwater governance and sustainable development
  • Tara Saharan (2018), Livelihood trajectories in sub-standard settlements in Durban, South Africa and Chennai, India

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

External positions

University of Amsterdam



  • G Geography (General)
  • Urban Planning
  • Urban studies
  • Infrastructure
  • Socio-spatial inequality

Artificial Intelligence Expert

  • Ethical Dimensions of AI
  • Societal Context of AI

Transport Expert

  • Infrastructure (road, rail, other)
  • Active Modes (non-motorised)
  • Spatial Analysis
  • Qualitative Analysis and Participatory Approaches
  • Geo Technologies and Tools
  • Social / Human / Safety / Health / Behavior


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