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Dr. J. (Jochem) de Vries

Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences
GPIO : Urban Planning
Photographer: Guida Morais e Castro Ermida

Visiting address
  • Nieuwe Achtergracht 166
  • Room number: C 4.07
Postal address
  • Postbus 15629
    1001 NC Amsterdam
  • Profile


    Jochem de Vries is Department Chair (since 2019) of and associate professor of urban and regional planning at the department of Geography, Planning and International Development Studies at the University of Amsterdam. He also acted as the director of the Geography and Planning Bachelors and Masters' programmes within the department (2012-2017)

    He graduated in planning from the University of Amsterdam and received his PhD from the same institution. After his graduation and before returing to the UvA, he worked at the Delft University of Technology, University of Groningen and the Netherlands Institute for Spatial Research ( Ruimtelijk Planbureau (RPB)) . 

    Research and teaching interests

    Overarching theme of his research in recent years is how culture and institutions structure urban and regional planning. One of the strands explores relevant conditions in an international perspective, as comes to the forth in work on Chinese urban planning, on planning cultures on the differences in planning in mega-urban regions. Another strand of research is focused on the complicated relationship between European and national environmental legislation on the one hand and local and regional planning projects on the other hand. This has led to work on the contextualisation of laws and planning practice. The third strand of research concerns the shift from 'government to governance' in the management of cultural heritage and landscapes and in urban planning.

  • Publications


    • Chiappini, L., & de Vries, J. (2022). Civic Crowdfunding as Urban Digital Platform in Milan and Amsterdam: Don’t take pictures on a rainy day! Digital Geography and Society, 3, Article 100024.



    • Dai, G., & de Vries, J. (2018). Place Making in Shanghai Hongqiao Business District: An Institutional Capacity Perspective. Urban Policy and Research, 36(1), 97-113. Advance online publication. [details]
    • de Vries, J., & Zonneveld, W. (2018). Urban Transformation in the Northern Randstad: How Institutions Structure Planning Practice. In W. Salet (Ed.), The Routledge Handbook of Institutions and Planning in Action (pp. 364-377). (Routledge handbooks). Routledge. [details]



    • Dai, G., Salet, W., & de Vries, J. (2013). Why High-Speed Railway stations continue China's leapfrog urbanization: institutional parameters of urban development. China City Planning Review, 22(1), 49-59. [details]
    • Evers, D., & de Vries, J. (2013). Explaining governance in five mega-city regions: rethinking the role of hierarchy and government. European Planning Studies, 21(4), 536-555. Advance online publication. [details]


    • Janssen-Jansen, L., de Vries, J., & Zonneveld, W. (2012). European territorial governance: introduction to this volume. In W. Zonneveld, J. de Vries, & L. Janssen-Jansen (Eds.), European territorial governance (pp. 1-7). (Housing and urban policy studies; No. 35). IOS Press. [details]
    • de Vries, J. (2012). The Randstad: in search of a metropolis for the Netherlands. Bulletin de l’Association de Géographes Français, 89(4), 534-546. [details]
    • de Vries, J., Janssen-Jansen, L., & Zonneveld, W. (2012). European territorial governance: conclusions. In W. Zonneveld, J. de Vries, & L. Janssen-Jansen (Eds.), European territorial governance (pp. 321-336). (Housing and urban policy studies; No. 35). Amsterdam: IOS Press. [details]


    • de Vries, J., & Wolsink, M. (2009). Making space for water: spatial planning and water management in the Netherlands. In S. Davoudi, J. Crawford, & A. Mehmood (Eds.), Planning for climate change: strategies for mitigation and adaptation for spatial planners (pp. 191-204). Earthscan. [details]






    • Evers, D., & de Vries, J. (2008). Metropolitan government and governance in the Dutch Randstad: new perspectives and lessons from abroad. In AESOP



    • Gillissen, R., & de Vries, J. (2009). Gebiedsontwikkeling niet vanzelf klimaatbestendig. Rooilijn, 42(1), 28-33. [details]
    • de Vries, J. (2009). Vlaanderen als bron van inspiratie. Ruimte, 2, 25-27. [details]



    • Dai, G., Salet, W. G. M., & de Vries, J. (2012). High-Speed New Town? Spatial Quality in Nanjing South Station Area Development. Paper presented at Conference on Building the urban future and Transit Oriented Development rail and other modes, connecting with urban and regional development (BUFTOD, .
    • Dai, G., Salet, W. G. M., & de Vries, J. (2012). Place-making Initiatives in Policy and Planning Response to HSR Station Area Development in China. Paper presented at In The Second International Conference on China's Urban Transition and City Planning, .
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