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Dr D. Manting (1961) has been named Professor by Special Appointment of Population Dynamics and Spatial Developments at the University of Amsterdam’s (UvA) Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences. The chair was designated on behalf of the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency (PBL).

Prof Dorien Manting, Faculty of Social Sciences, professor population and urban development

Dorien Manting’s future research will focus on the interplay between population development and socio-economic and spatial developments. Manting sees population developments as one of the driving forces behind increasing socio-economic and spatial differences between regions. These developments are driven not only by migration or relationship or family formation, but also by trends in birth and death rates.


Manting also aims to increase scientific knowledge on the importance of the spatial context in population dynamics, such as the way in which relocations within and between regions are the result of the state of the regional housing market, the economy and the quality of the living environment.


Manting has worked at PBL and one of its predecessors (the Netherlands Institute for Spatial Research, or RPB) since 2005. She has run PBL’s Urbanisation and Mobility sector since 2010 and she bears ultimate responsibility for research in the areas of demography, shrinkage, spatial economy, traffic and transportation, the housing market and urbanisation.


In 2008, she was interim director of the RPB.


 Prior to 2005, she worked in various positions at Statistics Netherlands (CBS).


Manting earned a doctorate at the UvA in demographic research into relationship and family formation in 1994. Over the years, she has published on population forecasts, relocation mobility and household dynamics. She has also published in professional journals, such as Housing StudiesDemography and European Sociological Review