Research School for Socio-Economic and
Natural Sciences of the Environment
Research School for Socio-Economic and
Natural Sciences of the Environment

Ilse Voskamp

Date: 11 December 2020
Time: 13:30 - 14:00
Location: Auditorium, Wageningen University

Dissertation title: 

Resource-conscious urban planning and design. Exploring the potential of urban metabolism assessments

Group: Environmental Technology, Wageningen University
Promotor: prof. dr HHM Rijnaarts 
Co-promotor: dr ing S Stremke and dr NB Sutton.


In view of urbanization, climate change, resource depletion and the impacts associated with resource consumption, it is imperative that cities foster sustainable resource management. A detailed understanding of urban resource flows and stocks is required for urban planning and design to contribute to sustainable resource management. Urban metabolism (UM) assessments are considered valuable for providing this understanding and scholars acknowledge the potential of UM assessments for resource-conscious urban planning and design. Yet, it is crucial to overcome the ‘black box’ character of these assessments. Therefore this research: I) studies how comprehensiveness and resolution of analysis affect the potential of UM assessments in providing insightful understanding of UM, and II) investigates the factors and mechanisms that underlie resource flows and stocks. This research is of mixed-methods and transdisciplinary nature and a case study of Amsterdam is a central element of this research. Energy and water are the main resources of interest.

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