Research themes

People, Land and Urban Systems (PLUS)

In PLUS research, people are our focus. Everyone is included, from societal thought-leaders, to government policy makers, to high-level civil society advocates – through to entrepreneurs and citizens, including the disenfranchised. These people are our collaborators, our participants, our beneficiaries, our users. PLUS focuses on understanding the spatial information needs of society and responding to those needs in responsible ways – as tools, as systems, as infrastructure, or as ways of thinking. Our work sits at the nexus of urbanization, land tenure, governance, climate change, and transportation – and the grand challenges of sustainability and social equity in the age of the anthropocene.

Urban systems
Research theme People, Land and Urban Systems (PLUS)
Research group leaders Chair: Management of Urban Regional Dynamics
Prof.Dr.Ir. M.F.A.M. (Martin) van Maarseveen
Chair: Geo-information for Governance
Prof.Dr.Ing. P.Y. (Yola) Georgiadou

Chair: Land Administration and Land Management
Prof.Dr. J.A. (Jaap) Zevenbergen

Chair: Infrastructuring Urban Futures
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Chair: Governance and Spatial Integrated Assessment
Prof.Dr. A. (Anne) van der Veen (Retired October 2016)
Group memberships SENSE, AESOP, FIG, GLTN, LANDac, ISPRS
Keywords urbanization, land rights, infrastructuring, governance, collaborative spatial planning and management, land policy, cadastral intelligence, fit-for-purpose and responsible land administration, information management, innovation, spatial planning and decision support systems (PSS/DSS), sustainable development goals (SDGs), poverty reduction, pro- poor, integrated urban land use and transport modelling, transport planning, non-motorized transport, climate change, big data analytics, disaster risk reduction, SMART cities, urban remote sensing, mapping with UAVs, slum, housing and livelihoods, social equity,