Thursday, March 7, 2019, 325 Brooks Hall, 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Eveline S. Van Leeuwen, Professor in Spatial Economics and Chair of Urban Economics, Wageningen University, Netherlands

Dr. Van Leeuwen developed a novel approach to creating models that study  actions and interactions of autonomous individual and collective agents.      She did this by linking agent-based modelling and microsimulation with macro approaches; using this method, one can model individual behaviors and then simulate these behaviors on a macro level. She wrote about this new approach in a paper titled “The effects of future retail developments on the local economy; combining micro and macro approaches,” which earned her the prestigious Epainos award for best paper by a young researcher. Additionally, she developed an approach to extend and customize GIS tools and made them more robust by linking them to spatial microsimulation. This enabled her to translate a traditional economic model into an agent-based equivalent.

She was awarded the Moss Madden Medal by the British and Irish section of regional science and was awarded the Early Career Award at the British and Irish section of the Regional Science Association International conference.This year, she presented the Regional Science Policy and Practice Keynote Lecture at the European Regional Science Association meeting.

She has numerous areas of expertise, including sustainability, environmental impact assessment, sustainable development, spatial analysis, environmental management, and survey methodology and data analysis. Currently, Eveline and her team are examining how the spatial environment influences social processes by assessing personal, community and social network attributes and determining which ones influence participation choices.

At the regional level, she is examining opportunities for regional food systems and the preferences of urban consumers so that local policymakers will have the information they need to make the best decision. She is also examining economic and social interactions between places at the regional level and the urban level and seeing how these interactions impact wellbeing, economic activities, and participation. She aspires to develop interdisciplinary theories and modelling approaches to provide a holistic, integrated view of local communities and to illustrate how economic and social networks impact their vitality.

She has more than 115 publications and has been cited more than 500 times.