Research project Mobility during and after corona lockdown: Results

MObility during and after COrona LOckDOwn (abbreviated as MOCOLODO) was a research project, addressing urgent (policy) questions about mobility in corona times. The project run from September 15, 2020 to September 15, 2022, and united researchers from different universities in close cooperation with a number of societal partners. Results The project MOCOLODO looked at (1)…

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Meet our staff: Raúl Ramos, ERASMUS exchange PhD student

Raúl Ramos is an ERASMUS exchange PhD candidate from Colombia studying at the Catholic University in Chile. He has been with us since November 2021, and will leave in September 2022. Asking what exactly made him come to the VU, he answers: ‘My advisor in Chile – Hugo Silva – did his Ph.D. here. He…

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Final workshop U-PASS: Innovations in services and policies in urban transport

How to improve the benefits of transport, while limiting its downsides? This question was central to research project U-PASS (Urban Public Administration and ServiceS innovation for Innovative Urban Mobility Management and Policy).  The project – uniting researchers from China, the UK, and The Netherlands – aimed to offer innovations in the design of new services…

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Meet our staff: Introducing MOCOLODO researcher Xiao Yu

Since the beginning of 2021, Xiao Yu joined the department of Spatial Economics as researcher within project MOCOLODO (MObility during and after COrona LOckDOwn). MOCOLODO addresses urgent (policy) questions about mobility in corona times. The project unites researchers from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, University of Twente, Delft University of Technology, Utrecht University, and University of Groningen.…

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Research project SIMETRI: Zooming on land-use simulation

The goal of international research project SIMETRI  (SustaInable Mobility and Equality in mega-ciTy RegIons) is to build a platform for understanding and predicting urban development in mega-city regions. The project unites researchers from China, the UK, and the Netherlands to integrate methods, knowledge and experience related to spatial data analytics, indicator development and urban modelling Despite the COVID…

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More cars, more spread-out cities? Cars make cities less compact

  One of the most radical innovations of the last century is the invention of the automobile. Cars have completely changed the way we travel to work or undertake leisure activities. Because car travel has become cheap and fast, many people now live much further from their work than they did 50 to 100 years…

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Meet our staff: Introducing transport economist Jonathan Hall

We are proud to introduce to you Jonathan Hall, transport economist, visiting Research Associate at the Department of Spatial Economics. Jonathan, originally from the United States, is also an Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto. He came to Amsterdam along with his lovely wife and four children for one year on account of his…

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How much more will households pay for a home to avoid council tax?

Are you paying attention? In many situations research suggests not. For example, when we buy things online, on average we respond more to the purchase price than to the shipping cost. As the total comprises the sum of both costs, this doesn’t make sense. A series of recent tests look at whether we take full…

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Exhibition: An interactive time travel along the Roman Via Appia

Museum Het Valkhof starts 2022 with an interactive time travel along the Roman Via Appia, one of the oldest highways of the world. REVISITED Via Appia is the result of a longterm multidisciplinairy research cooperation between Spatial Economics GIS colleague Maurice de Kleijn, artist dr. Krien Clevis, the Netherland eScience Center, archaeologists from Radboud University…

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New research: Higher parking prices reduce traffic congestion

Higher parking prices lead to a reduction in traffic congestion in Amsterdam. This is shown in recent research by Francis Ostermeijer, Hans Koster, Jos van Ommeren and Leonardo Nunes of the Vrije Universiteit. They find that the sharp price increase in 2019 has led to a 9% decrease in the number of paying policy parkers.…

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