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Cursus: GEO3-2121
Sustainable Land Use
Cursus informatie
Studiepunten (ECTS)7,5
Categorie / Niveau3 (Bachelor Gevorderd)
CursustypeCursorisch onderwijs
Aangeboden doorFaculteit Geowetenschappen; Undergraduate School Geowetenschappen; B Global Sustainability Science;
Contactpersoondr. ir. D.L.T. Hegger
prof. dr. P.P.J. Driessen
Overige cursussen docent
Contactpersoon van de cursus
dr. ir. D.L.T. Hegger
Overige cursussen docent
S.C. van der Hel, MSc
Overige cursussen docent
dr. H.L.P. Mees
Overige cursussen docent
2  (11-11-2019 t/m 31-01-2020)
TimeslotC: MA-middag/namiddag,DI-middag, DO-ochtend
Cursusinschrijving geopendvanaf 16-09-2019 08:00 t/m 29-09-2019 23:59
Inschrijven via OSIRISJa
Inschrijven voor bijvakkersJa
Na-inschrijving geopendvanaf 21-10-2019 08:00 t/m 22-10-2019 23:59
Please note: the information in the course manual is binding.
At the end of the course, you will be better able to:
  1. understand various sustainable land use issues and policy objectives for blue, green, red and grey infrastructure;
  2. identify and explain (possible) tensions between these policy objectives;
  3. explain and discuss theories of governance and science-policy interactions in relation to sustainable land use;
  4. analyse and evaluate policy objectives on the extent to which they enable sustainable land use;
  5. design and conduct a study on a specific topic related to sustainable spatial land use from a governance and/or science-policy perspective.
 The following academic skills are developed during the course: academic thinking and reasoning, academic writing, and oral presentation.
This course is also available to students who are registered for the minor MMW, GSD or Deltametropool. They have to contact Erika Dijksma ( before 16 September 2019.

Space is scarce. This scarcity is especially experienced in dense urban areas in which public and private actors want to combine multiple social functions, such as housing, economic activities, transportation and recreation. As a result of this scarcity, these functions (and related stakeholders and interests) often have to compete with each other in order to gain the amount of space they want and need. The focus of such a competition can be both related to quantitative - e.g. how to divide the amount of acres - or qualitative issues - e.g. how to improve livability or how to circumvent loss of greenery. This makes sustainable land use challenging.
In recent decades, the focus of land use planning and policy has shifted towards more sustainable development. The main aim of sustainable land use is that current land use plans take into consideration the impacts they will have on the livability of future generations. This requires trade-offs between ‘strong’, often economic, interests, such as the development of housing, infrastructure and business parks, and ‘weak’ interests, e.g. nature development and water management. This is a complex process which is confronted with several challenges.
In the course, we introduce four types of spatial infrastructure that are of socio-economic relevance: red (houses, offices, retail), green (parks, nature conservation areas, forests), blue (rivers, sea and oceans) and grey (energy, transport, ICT). This course explores sustainability challenges for each infrastructure from an international perspective and also identifies and analyses conflicts between the four infrastructures. The perspectives of governance and science-policy interactions are used for understanding these challenges and conflicts. 

This course is a third year track-specific course of the track ‘Governance and Societal Transformation’ of the BSc Global Sustainability Science (GSS). GSS students need to choose three out of five of these courses in order to complete the track. The course, furthermore, replaces the Dutch course ‘Duurzaam Ruimtegebruik’ for students in Environmental Studies (MMW). The course focuses on European challenges, in terms of governance and in terms of science-policy interactions, and addresses the European institutional context.

This course is the entry requirement for
  • Bachelor’s thesis MMW (GEO3-2137), theme Duurzaam Ruimtegebruik.
Please Note: Entry requirements for Sustainable Land Use:
  • NW&I: Number of credits achieved: 90EC of the Bachelor's programme
  • MMW/LAS/GSS: Passed Politics of the Earth (GEO1-2414) and participated fully in Policy Evaluation and Design (GEO2-2113).
Je moet voldoen aan de volgende eisen
  • Ingeschreven voor één van de volgende opleidingen
    • Global Sustainability Science
    • Liberal Arts and Sciences
    • Milieu-maatschappijwetenschappen
    • Natuurwetenschap en Innovatiemanagement
    • premaster Global Sustainability Science
    • premaster Natuurwetenschap en Innovatiemanagement

Je moet ook voldoen aan één van de onderstaande verzamelingen met eisen
  • Verzameling 1
    • Alle onderstaande cursussen zijn behaald
      • GSS-Politics of the Earth (GEO1-2414)
  • Verzameling 2
    • Alle onderstaande cursussen zijn behaald
      • MW-Grondslagen Milieuwetenschappen (GEO1-2101)
      • MW-Milieubeleid in (inter)nat. context (GEO2-2108)
  • Verzameling 3
    • Minimaal 90 ECTS in de Bachelor behaald
• GSS and MMW: Knowledge of content, size and relevance of sustainability issues and policy.
• NW&I: Knowledge of supply and demand of social interests in spatial planning – think of housing, green space, water, transport and energy.
• LAS: students need to follow one of the majors: MMW, GSD or D&O
• GSS: Politics of the Earth (GEO1-2414) passed and full participation to Policy Evaluation and Design (GEO2-2113)
Voorkennis kan worden opgedaan met
• MMW: MW-Grondslagen Milieuwetenschappen (GEO1-2101) and MW-Milieubeleid in (inter) nationale context (GEO2-2108)
• NW&I: 90 EC for BA
Bronnen van zelfstudie
J.P. Evans. Environmental Governance (2012), Routledge, New York
Verplicht materiaal
The required readings are book chapters and articles in scientific journals. A list of required readings, including download links, will be made available to the students at the beginning of the course. Journal articles can be freely downloaded by students with a Solis ID. Electronic versions of book chapters will be made available through Blackboard.
Guest lectures

Each series of introduction lectures will be complemented with at least one guest lecture by a practitioner.


The course consists of two parts. Part 1 of the course consists of six series of lectures (including guest lectures) and three tutorials. The lectures relate to the four types of infrastructure and the two perspectives, and also provide an introduction to the course as well as instructions for the individual research paper.
In Part 2, students will write an individual research paper.

Voorbereiding bijeenkomsten
Students are expected to prepare for lectures and tutorials by studying the required readings.


In Part 1 the tutorials are used to elaborate on and discuss the literature of the course. In addition, part 1 includes a written exam.
In Part 2, students will write an individual research paper. During four tutorials, students will discuss their own paper and those of fellow students. These tutorials (with a max. of 10 students) are feedback moments and are considered relevant for improving analytical skills and academic writing skills.

Bijdrage aan groepswerk
The tutorials are mandatory. The lecturers expect (a) active participation of the students. Other requirements are (b) a presentation about the individual paper, and (c) providing fellow-students with feedback on their individual research papers. If you are absent from the tutorials for unspecified reasons, this will lead to a deduction of points or even (in worst case to) exclusion from the course.

Minimum cijfer-

Written exam, Individual research paper & presentation. For more information see the course manual.

Aspecten van academische vorming
Academisch denken, werken en handelen
Bestuderen en analyseren van informatie
Voorbereiden / opzetten van onderzoek
Rapporteren over onderzoek - schriftelijk
Rapporteren over onderzoek - mondeling

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