AEP-22306 Landscape Economics and Politics


Studiepunten 6.00

Course coordinator(s)dr. ir. JHM Peerlings
Lecturer(s)dr. ir. JHM Peerlings
prof. dr. ir. A van den Brink
prof. dr. WJM Heijman
Examiner(s)dr. ir. JHM Peerlings
prof. dr. ir. A van den Brink
prof. dr. WJM Heijman

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Landscapes are able to provide many different goods and services to society and have a multi-faceted character, which includes natural, cultural and societal values. Landscapes are also economic assets which can offer significant opportunities for the territorial and economic development of metropolitan areas. For example, they serve as a location of economic activities like housing and recreation.
Furthermore, landscape and land use are linked, the variety of land uses shapes the landscape. Landscapes are therefore not static, but transform due to planning and design activities, by both public and private actors. Land use is determined by a wide range of both economic and political factors that are often interlinked. For example, land demand increases because of a growing world population and a stimulation of bio-fuel use. Because of competing claims, policies (like zoning) are needed in metropolitan areas. However, governments and markets can fail to address competing claims and often new governance mechanisms are sought to develop landscape. Public private partnerships in area development projects are an example of these new mechanisms.
This course deals with the economic and political aspects of landscapes and land use. The questions addressed are:
- which goods and services do landscapes produce?
- what is the relationship between landscape and land use?
- what economic and political factors determine land use?
- what is the influence of globalisation on land use?
- how does the land market function and who are the stakeholders?
- why do governments intervene in landscape and landscape transformation?
- how to value landscapes?
- how to finance location development?
- why are activities located where they are?
- what are the relevant government policies and instruments used?
- what are the pros and cons of public-private co-operation in landscape development.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
- reproduce the economic and political descriptions and theories concerning the economics and politics of landscapes;
- apply theories on land use, landscape valuation, landscape development and location in exercises;
- explain the economics and politics of landscapes;
- assess specific economic and political aspects of actual developments in the area of landscape economics and politics.


attending lectures;
studying the reader;
doing exercises.


Written exam.


- Syllabus Landscape Economics and Politics.
- Heijman, W.J.M. and R.A. Schipper (2010). Space and economics: an introduction to regional economics. Mansholt publication series 7. Wageningen Publishers.
The course will be supported by a Blackboard site.

Verplicht voor: BLPLandscape Architecture and PlanningBSc5MO