Books, chapters, reports


Two chapters in book 'Polyzentrale Metropolregionen' (2016)

The first chapter is entitled 'Polycentric Metropolitan Regions in Europe: State of the Art', and does exactly what this title promises: providing a review of the literature on polycentric urban regions.

The second chapter, with Marloes Hoogerbrugge and Koen Hollander as co-authors, provides a case study of the developments in the Rotterdam - The Hague Metropolitan region.

The book contains many more interesting chapters on polycentric urban regions, most in German. A second print is about to appear soon. Recommended reading!

More info here.


Book 'Green thoughts, green futures' (2016)

This book resulted from the PLEEC ('Planning for Energy Efficient Cities') -project (FP7) in which I participated. Based on the experiences of 6 European cities, a more general model on energy efficiency and sustainable urban planning was developed, allowing to address energy efficiency issues in a strategic and holistic way. It is a colourful, easy to read book aimed at professionals working on energy efficiency issues on the local and regional scale.

My co-editors were Katariina Kiviluoto, Annika Kunnasvirta, Timo Mieskonen, Lotta Ek, Julia Haselberger and Mikael Kullman. The book, titled 'Green thoughts, green futures' is freely available as a pdf here.



Book 'De concurrentieposite van Nederlandse steden: van agglomeratiekracht naar netwerkkracht' (2015)

Based on the 'knowledge for strong cities' project best known by its acronym 'NAPOLEON', funded by Platform31, NWO and the cities of Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague, Utrecht and Eindhoven, we synthesised our findings in this Dutch-language book for professionals. It addresses the question how the relatively small Dutch cities can remain competitive now that theories on regional development stress the importance of the agglomeration benefits provided by large metropolises for urban growth. I am one of the co-authors, next to Frank van Oort, Mark Thissen, Martijn Burger and Marloes Hoogerbrugge. It was published in 2015 by Platform31 and is freely available as a pdf here.


Policy report 'Topvoorzieningen' (2015)

In 2014-2015, we did two researches commissioned by the spatial development department of the Flemish government (Ruimte Vlaanderen). One was into 'top-level amenities', or 'topvoorzieningen'  in Dutch. Together with researchers from lead partner Universiteit Gent (Tom Storme, Michiel van Meeteren, Joren Sansen, Jorn Koelemaij, Ben Derudder and Frank Witlox) and the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Kobe Boussauw), my colleague Erik Louw and I studied the spatial distribution of top-level amenities (in culture, care, education, sports, tourism), sectoral policies affecting this distribution and whether a higher level of amenities could be obtained, and how.

A synthesis of the report is available for free on the website of Ruimte Vlaanderen here. The full report is available here and the different sections of the accompanying 'Atlas der topvoorzieningen'  can be accessed here.


Policy report 'Kritische massa' (2015)

The other study that my colleague Erik Louw and I carried out for the planning department of the Flemish Government together with lead partner Universiteit Gent (Michiel van Meeteren, Joren Sansen, Tom Storme, Jonas de Vos, Ben Derudder and Frank Witlox) and the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Kobe Boussauw) in 2014-2015 was into 'critical mass' ('kritische massa'  in Dutch). The leading question was how the metropolitan core area (Brussels-Antwerp-Ghent-Leuven) could better exploit its existing and future urban mass to generate agglomeration advantages, and in particular, how spatial planning could contribute to achieving this objective.

The synthesis report is available here, the full report can be accessed here.