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Nina Schwarz is currently an Assistant Professor at the Department of Urban and Regional Planning and Geo-Information Management at ITC, University of Twente. At ITC, she focusses on computational modelling of urban development, specifically with agent-based models.

Nina Schwarz holds a diploma in environmental sciences from the University of Lueneburg, Germany (2003). In 2007, she received her PhD in social and economic sciences from the University of Kassel, Germany. In her thesis, she developed an agent-based model on innovation diffusion of water technologies among private households. Her PhD project was part of a large-scale interdisciplinary project on modeling the water cycle in the Upper Danube basin (Glowa Danube) funded by the German ministry for education and research.

From 2007 to 2017, she worked at the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ in Leipzig, Germany. One of her major projects as senior scientist was contributing to the modelling efforts of the EU-Integrated Project PLUREL (Peri-urban Land-Use RELationships). Furthermore, she coordinated UFZ’s contribution to the project “Energy efficient city of Delitzsch” funded by the German ministry for education and research.


Her expertise is in interdisciplinary projects related to urban development, specifically urban land use change and urban ecosystem services. For her work, Nina Schwarz often uses methods of modelling and simulation, specifically agent-based modelling.

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ecosystem services Agriculture & Biology
urban areas Agriculture & Biology
roads Agriculture & Biology
biodiversity Agriculture & Biology
anthropogenic activities Agriculture & Biology
methodology Agriculture & Biology
decision making Agriculture & Biology
researchers Agriculture & Biology

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Research Output 2010 2019

2 Citations (Scopus)

Linking urban sprawl and income segregation: findings from a stylized agent-based model

Guo, C., Buchmann, C. M. & Schwarz, N., Mar 2019, In : Environment & Planning B. 46, 3, p. 469-489 21 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

urban sprawl
policy implementation
market conditions
urban planning

Modelling how people and nature are intertwined

Willemen, L., Drakou, E. G. & Schwarz, N., 18 Jul 2019, In : Ecography. 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalComment/Letter to the editorAcademicpeer-review

human activity
anthropogenic activities
ecosystem service
2 Citations (Scopus)

Agent-based modeling of environment-migration linkages : A review

Thober, J., Schwarz, N. & Hermans, K., 1 Jun 2018, In : Ecology and society. 23, 2, 12 p., 41.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
environmental change
environmental factor
natural environment
human migration

Combining tacit knowledge elicitation with the SilverKnETs tool and random forests – The example of residential housing choices in Leipzig

Scheuer, S., Haase, D., Kabisch, N., Wolff, M., Haase, D., Haase, A., Kabisch, N., Wolff, M., Schwarz, N. & Großmann, K., 30 May 2018, In : Environment and Planning B: Urban Analytics and City Science. 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Knowledge acquisition
type of housing
survey method
data mining

Do Urban Biodiversity and Urban Ecosystem Services Go Hand in Hand, or Do We Just Hope It Is That Easy?

Knapp, S., Haase, D., Klotz, S. & Schwarz, N., 2018, Urban Transformations: Sustainable Urban Development Through Resource Efficiency, Quality of Life and Resilience. Kabisch, S., Koch, F., Gawel, E., Haase, A., Knapp, S., Krellenberg, K., Nivala, J. & Zehnsdorf, A. (eds.). Springer, p. 301-312

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterAcademicpeer-review

Activities 2019 2019

  • 1 Oral presentation

Monitoring green capital of the UT campus

Louise (Wieteke) Willemen (Speaker), N. Schwarz (Speaker), E.G. Drakou (Speaker)
11 Apr 2019

Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation