Photographer: Mendel Giezen

dr. M. (Mendel) Giezen


  • Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences
    GPIO : Urban Planning
  • Visiting address
    REC BC
    Nieuwe Achtergracht 166  Room number: B4.15
  • Postal address:
    Nieuwe Achtergracht  166
    1018 WV  Amsterdam
  • M.Giezen@uva.nl
    T: 0655406346

Mendel Giezen is Assistant Professor in Sustainable Urban Development and Infrastructure. His teaching and research focus is on Climate Proof Cities, Low Carbon Urban Development, and Smart Cities. For recent projects look at the tab projects. His CV you can download here

He currently supervises two PhD researchers (information about the projects can be found here):

Didi van Doren on Upscaling Low Carbon Urban Initiatives

Jetske Vaas on Invasive Plant Species in the Dutch Caribean

Most recent publications in peer-reviewed journals: 

 

  • Van Doren, D., Giezen, M., Driessen, P. P. J., & Runhaar, H. A. C. (2016). Scaling-up energy conservation initiatives: Barriers and local strategies. Sustainable Cities and Society, 26, 227–239. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.scs.2016.06.009
  • Hauser, L., Van Der Sluis, T., & Giezen, M. (2016). The Role of Farm Management Characteristics in Understanding the Spatial Distribution of Landscape Elements: A Case Study in the Netherlands. Rural Landscapes: Society, Environment, History, 3(1).
  • Van Doren, D., Driessen, P. P., Runhaar, H., & Giezen, M. (2016). Scaling-up low-carbon urban initiatives: Towards a better understanding. Urban Studies, (November 2014). http://doi.org/10.1177/0042098016640456
  • Giezen, M. (2016). Sustainable Cities: Addressing the Challenges of Tomorrow. disP - The Planning Review, 52(1), 92–93. http://doi.org/10.1080/02513625.2016.1171054
  • Giezen, M., Salet, W.G.M. & Bertolini, L. (2015) Adding Value to Mega Projects: Fostering Strategic Ambiguity, Redundancy, and Resilience in the Decision-Making Process. Transport Policy
  • Giezen, M., Bertolini, L. & Salet, W.G.M. (2015) Adaptive Capacity Within a Mega Project: A Case Study on Planning and Decision-Making in the Face of Complexity. European Planning Studies 23(5), pp. 999-1018
  • Giezen, M., Bertolini, L. & Salet, W.G.M. (2014) The RandstadRail project: a case study in decisionmaking strategies under uncertainty. Planning Theory and Practice 15(3) pp. 414-418.

Published Articles:

-Bergsma, E. & Giezen, M. (2017) Adapting to new realities: An analysis of institutional work in three cases of Dutch infrastructure planning. Journal of Environmental Planning and Management. Online First
-Vaas, J., Driessen, P.J.J., Giezen, M., Van Laerhoven, F., & Wassen, M.M. (2017) " Who's in charge here anyway? Polycentric governance configurations and the development of policy on invasive alien species in the semi-sovereign Caribbean. Ecology and Society, 22 (4): 1.
-Hölscher, K., Wittmayer, J. M., Avelino, F., & Giezen, M. (2017). Opening up the transition arena: An analysis of (dis)empowerment of civil society actors in transition management in cities. Technological Forecasting and Social Change, online first.
-Van Doren, D., Giezen, M., Driessen, P. P. J., & Runhaar, H. A. C. (2016). Scaling-up energy conservation initiatives: Barriers and local strategies. Sustainable Cities and Society, 26, 227–239. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.scs.2016.06.009
​-Van Doren, D., Driessen, P. P., Runhaar, H., & Giezen, M. (2016). Scaling-up low-carbon urban initiatives: Towards a better understanding. Urban Studies, http://doi.org/10.1177/0042098016640456
-Hauser, L., Van Der Sluis, T., & Giezen, M. (2016). The Role of Farm Management Characteristics in Understanding the Spatial Distribution of Landscape Elements: A Case Study in the Netherlands. Rural Landscapes: Society, Environment, History, 3(1).
-Giezen, M. (2016). Sustainable Cities: Addressing the Challenges of Tomorrow. disP - The Planning Review, 52(1), 92–93. http://doi.org/10.1080/02513625.2016.1171054
-Giezen, M., Salet, W.G.M. & Bertolini, L. (2015) Adding Value to Mega Projects: Fostering Strategic Ambiguity, Redundancy, and Resilience in the Decision-Making Process. Transport Policy
-Giezen, M., Bertolini, L. & Salet, W.G.M. (2015) Adaptive Capacity Within a Mega Project: A Case Study on Planning and Decision-Making in the Face of Complexity. European Planning Studies 23(5), pp. 999-1018
-Giezen, M., Bertolini, L. & Salet, W.G.M. (2014) The RandstadRail project: a case study in decisionmaking strategies under uncertainty. Planning Theory and Practice 15(3) pp. 414-418.
-Giezen, M (2013). Adaptive and Strategic Capacity: Navigating Mega Projects through Uncertainty and Complexity. Environment and Planning B 40(4), pp. 723-741
-Salet, W.G.M., Bertolini, L. and Giezen, M. (2013) Complexity and Uncertainty: Problem or Asset in Decision Making of Mega Projects. Infrastructure Projects? International Journal of Urban and Regional Research 37(6), pp. 1984-2000. 
-Giezen, M. (2012). Keeping it simple? A case study into the advantages and disadvantages of reducing complexity in mega project planning, International Journal of Project Management 30(7), pp. 781-790.

Book chapters

-Giezen, M. (2015) Keeping it Simple? A Case Study into the Advantages and Disadvantages of Reducing Complexity. In Mega Project Planning. In Flyvbjerg, B. (ed) Planning and Managing Mega Projects: Essential Readings. Vol 2. Cheltenham: Edgar Elgar Publishing.
-Priemus, H., Giezen, M., Bosch-Rekveldt, M.G.C. (2013) Dealing with complexity, uncertainties and risk of mega-projects: redundancy, resilience and adaptivity. In Priemus, H. & Van Wee, G.P. (eds) International Handbook of Mega Projects. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing.
-Giezen, M. (2008) Met volle vaart vooruit: de besluitvorming rondom de HSL-Zuid. [Ahead in Full Speed:  Decision-Making on the HSL Zuid]. In Salet, WGM. & Janssen-Jansen, L., (eds.) Synergie in stedelijke netwerken: tussen competitie en complementariteit. Den Haag: Sdu

Professional Publications

-Giezen, M., Brouwer, S., Roest, K. & Van Vliet, B. (2017) De Energiesector als Lichtend of Verblindend Voorbeeld?. H2O
-Giezen, M., Bertolini, L., Salet, W.G.M. (2015) De paradox van open en gesloten besluitvorming: onzekerheid, complexiteit en grote projecten. In Salet, W.G.M., Vermeulen, R., Van der Wouden, R. Toevoegen van ruimtelijke kwaliteit: ruimtelijke kennis voor het Jaar van de Ruimte. Ministerie I&M: Den Haag
-Giezen, M. & Roemers, G. (2015) The Metabolic Planner: Reflection on urban planning from the perspective of urban metabolism. In Savini, S., Verschuuren, S. , Salet, W.G.M., Raats, K. (eds.) Urban Metabolism. Amsterdam: University
-Giezen, M. (12 June 2015) Enquête Fyra mislukt omdat ze parlementair is. Amsterdam: NRC Handelsblad
-Giezen, M. (2008). Drie hoofdsteden en hun zustersteden. [Three Capital Cities and their Sister Cities] Agora, 24(1): 37-39.
-Giezen, M. (2008). Organizing infrastructure: building infrastructure projects in the Netherlands. Territorio, 46(10): 21-31

Reports

-Giezen, M., Brouwer, S., & Van Vliet, B. (2017) De impact van duurzame decentrale infrastructuren: Een analyse van contextuele veranderingen in de water en energiesector. Kennisactie Programma Water.
-Giezen, M., Driessen, P.J.J., Spit, T., De Gier, T. (2013) Land in zicht: Een onderzoek naar systeemwijzigingen in de relatie tussen grond en duurzame gebiedsontwikkeling. Utrecht: InnovatieNetwerk en NederLandBovenWater
-Giezen, M., Bertolini, L. & Salet, W.G.M. (2010) Country Synthesis Report: The Netherlands. London: OMEGA CoE on Transport

 

PhD Projects

Didi van Doren on Upscaling Low Carbon Urban Initiatives (Funded by Climate KIC)

In pursuance of mitigating climate change and the transition to low carbon cities, innovative sustainable low carbon initiatives are implemented in many European cities that aim to fulfill societal and development demands, with no or limited GHG emissions. While different strategies can contribute to the mitigation climate change (energy conservation, renewable energy, enhanced natural sinks, nuclear energy, fossil carbon management), this research will focus on mitigating climate change through energy conservation in the building sector at the urban scale, one of the key sectors contributing to GHG emissions in cities. In order to achieve local, national and international objectives pertaining to energy conservation, initiatives need to ‘go to scale’ and become accepted common practice. The central research problem of this four-year PhD research project is on how the scaling-up of low carbon urban initiatives can be promoted.

Jetske Vaas on Invasive Plant Species in the Dutch Caribean (Funded by NWO)

Successful establishment of exotic plant species on the BES islands (Bonaire, St. Eustatius, Saba) has profound negative and positive ecological and social  consequences. Through a Social Ecological Systems approach  the knowledge will be generated that is needed to assess the feasibility, as well as ecological and socio-economic costs and benefits of future nature conservation and management scenarios. Inference of invasive species’ spread from single image in time will be linked to potential responses of stakeholders and governance institutes to hypothetical management scenarios. Integration of the two sub-projects will lead to the development of a Decision Support System that enables optimisation of social and ecological benefits through appropriate management of invasive plants.

 

C.U.RES: Circular Urban Responsibilities 

The rising concerns with environmental quality, over consumption of resources and excess of urban waste are putting stress on the institutionalized forms of governance in cities. Discourses on circular economic development are increasingly mobilizing metaphors for new institutional and political set ups of urban development processes. Citizens are becoming prosumers of their own waste and resources. Industrial corporations are being increasingly (de)responsibilized for their environmental impact. Local governments are playing double roles of enabler of new economies as well as regulators of urban investments against the environmental degradation of the city-regional ecosystem. National governments are increasinly relocating responsibilities to lower tiers in order to, arguably, promote more responsible economic systems. It is within this highly changing and dynamic political context that our research investigates the changing social, political and environmental responsibilities of urban stakeholders. It does so by analyzing the emerging mismatch between formal regulatory frameworks and the self-perceived roles of actors in the development process. The project team at the University of Amsterdam is made of Federico Savini, Mendel Giezen and Ena Zametica.

SURFING: Shifting Urban Food Systems in Global Perspective

In the transition to a Circular City, i.e. a city that focusses on limiting its use of resources through the 4Rs of Reduce, Re-use, Repair and Recycle, there is a change in the institutional configuration and practices surrounding waste. In order to develop a successful circular approach to waste, organic and non-organic streams have to be separated. This requires a changing pattern of interaction between a multitude of actors.  This reorganisation of the Food and Wastescape  leads to a shift in governance that moves from a centralised planning approach to a decentralised one where there is a co-management trajectory between private, public civil society and academic actors  (Mikkelsen, 2013; Moore, 2013) . This research looks at these shifting food/waste scapes in Amsterdam (Netherlands)- Santiago (Chile) -and Kampala (Uganda) to get an understanding of the institutional dynamics that goes beyond a North-South divide and to generate lessons that are generalisable with contextual understanding. This research takes an institutional work approach (Bergsma et al., Lawrence  et al., 2013) in combination with Social Practice Theory (Shove et al., 2012)  to analyse the changing interaction between actors, institutions and practices. Data gathering will consist of narrative interviews, participatory observation, and desk research on policy and discourses. 

Sense-Up: Spatial and Ecological Remote Sensing for Environmental Urban Planning

Within the Dutch planning research and practice, the usage of remote sensing data has been very limited. The usage of spectral imagery has been the domain of the natural sciences and physical geography which often focusses on the possibilities of the software for modelling or determining climatic and land use change. However, it is rarely ever combined with a thorough understanding of environmental planning policies and interventions. In responding to climate change, cities often operate under the assumption that green measures will have an impact on the urban climate. Testing of this assumption is often limited to small scale measurements or modelling. However, for instance Amsterdam invests 20 millions a year in climate adaptive interventions and it would be of great value if the actual policy impact on the whole city could be measured and that a relation is found between policy and environmental impacts. Yet, the open data renaissance of remote sensing data offers possibilities to measure impact on a urban or regional level. It might actually also give insight into what spatial development patters offer the greatest cooling potential. This research projects wants combines knowledge of urban climatic planning interventions with spectral and thermal remote sensing data to analyse the impact of planning interventions. This project will start with a proof of concept by applying the method to the city of Amsterdam. 

 

PhD Projects

Didi van Doren on Upscaling Low Carbon Urban Initiatives (Funded by Climate KIC)

In pursuance of mitigating climate change and the transition to low carbon cities, innovative sustainable low carbon initiatives are implemented in many European cities that aim to fulfill societal and development demands, with no or limited GHG emissions. While different strategies can contribute to the mitigation climate change (energy conservation, renewable energy, enhanced natural sinks, nuclear energy, fossil carbon management), this research will focus on mitigating climate change through energy conservation in the building sector at the urban scale, one of the key sectors contributing to GHG emissions in cities. In order to achieve local, national and international objectives pertaining to energy conservation, initiatives need to ‘go to scale’ and become accepted common practice. The central research problem of this four-year PhD research project is on how the scaling-up of low carbon urban initiatives can be promoted.

Jetske Vaas on Invasive Plant Species in the Dutch Caribean (Funded by NWO)

Successful establishment of exotic plant species on the BES islands (Bonaire, St. Eustatius, Saba) has profound negative and positive ecological and social  consequences. Through a Social Ecological Systems approach  the knowledge will be generated that is needed to assess the feasibility, as well as ecological and socio-economic costs and benefits of future nature conservation and management scenarios. Inference of invasive species’ spread from single image in time will be linked to potential responses of stakeholders and governance institutes to hypothetical management scenarios. Integration of the two sub-projects will lead to the development of a Decision Support System that enables optimisation of social and ecological benefits through appropriate management of invasive plants.

2018

  • Giezen, M. (2018). Shifting Infrastructure Landscapes in a Circular Economy: An Institutional Work Analysis of the Water and Energy Sector. Sustainability, 10(10), [3487]. DOI: 10.3390/su10103487  [details] 
  • Giezen, M., Balikci, S., & Arundel, R. (2018). Using Remote Sensing to Analyse Net Land-Use Change from Conflicting Sustainability Policies: The Case of Amsterdam. ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information , 7(9), [381]. DOI: 10.3390/ijgi7090381  [details] 
  • van Doren, D., Driessen, P. P. J., Runhaar, H., & Giezen, M. (2018). Scaling-up low-carbon urban initiatives: Towards a better understanding. Urban Studies, 55(1), 175-194. DOI: 10.1177/0042098016640456  [details] 

2017

  • Bergsma, E., Giezen, M., Schalkwijk, B., & Büscher, C. (2017). Adapting to new realities: An analysis of institutional work in three cases of Dutch infrastructure planning. Journal of Environmental Planning and Management. DOI: 10.1080/09640568.2017.1391072 
  • Hölscher, K., Wittmayer, J. M., Avelino, F., & Giezen, M. (2017). Opening up the transition arena: An analysis of (dis)empowerment of civil society actors in transition management in cities. Technological Forecasting & Social Change. DOI: 10.1016/j.techfore.2017.05.004 
  • Vaas, J., Driessen, P. P. J., Giezen, M., Van Laerhoven, F., & Wassen, M. J. (2017). Who's in charge here anyway? Polycentric governance configurations and the development of policy on invasive alien species in the semisovereign Caribbean. Ecology and Society, 22(4), [1]. DOI: 10.5751/ES-09487-220401  [details] 

2016

  • van Doren, D., Giezen, M., Driessen, P. P. J., & Runhaar, H. A. C. (2016). Scaling-up energy conservation initiatives: Barriers and local strategies. Sustainable Cities and Society, 26, 227-239. DOI: 10.1016/j.scs.2016.06.009  [details] 
  • Giezen, M. (2016). Sustainable Cities: Addressing the Challenges of Tomorrow. DISP, 52(1), 92-93. DOI: 10.1080/02513625.2016.1171054 
  • Hauser, L., Van Der Sluis, T., & Giezen, M. (2016). The Role of Farm Management Characteristics in Understanding the Spatial Distribution of Landscape Elements: A Case Study in the Netherlands. Rural Landscapes: Society, Environment, History, 3(1).

2015

  • Giezen, M., Salet, W., & Bertolini, L. (2015). Adding value to the decision-making process of mega projects: Fostering strategic ambiguity, redundancy, and resilience. Transport Policy, 44, 169-178. DOI: 10.1016/j.tranpol.2015.08.006  [details] 
  • Giezen, M. (2015). Keeping it Simple? A Case Study into the Advantages and Disadvantages of Reducing Complexity. In Mega Project Planning. In B. Flyvbjerg (Ed.), Planning and Managing Mega Projects: Essential Readings (Vol. 2). Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd.
  • Giezen, M., Bertolini, L., & Salet, W. (2015). Adaptive capacity within a mega project: a case study on planning and decision-making in the face of complexity. European Planning Studies, 23(5), 999-1018. DOI: 10.1080/09654313.2014.916254  [details] 
  • Salet, W., Bertolini, L., & Giezen, M. (2015). Complexity and uncertainty: problem or asset in decision-making of mega infrastructure projects? In G. Grabher, & J. Thiel (Eds.), Self-induced shocks: mega-projects and urban development (pp. 155-176). (Perspectives in metropolitan research; No. 1). Berlin: Jovis. [details] 

2013

  • Giezen, M. (2013). Adaptive and strategic capacity: navigating megaprojects through uncertainty and complexity. Environment & Planning B : Planning & Design, 40(4), 723-741. DOI: 10.1068/b38184 
  • Salet, W., Bertolini, L., & Giezen, M. (2013). Complexity and uncertainty: problem or asset in decision making of mega infrastructure projects? International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, 37(6), 1984-2000. DOI: 10.1111/j.1468-2427.2012.01133.x  [details] 
  • Priemus, H., Bosch-Rekveldt, M., & Giezen, M. (2013). Dealing with the complexity, uncertainties and risk of mega-projects: redundancy, resilience and adaptivity. In H. Priemus, & B. van Wee (Eds.), International Handbook of Mega-Projects (pp. 83-110). Cheltenham: Edward Elgar. DOI: 10.4337/9781781002308.00011  [details] 

2012

  • Giezen, M. (2012). Keeping it simple? A case study into the advantages and disadvantages of reducing complexity in mega project planning. International Journal of Project Management, 30(7), 781-790. DOI: 10.1016/j.ijproman.2012.01.010 

2017

  • Giezen, M., Brouwer, S., Roest, K., & van Vliet, B. (2017). De Energiesector als Lichtend of Verblindend Voorbeeld? H2O, 1-5. [details] 
  • Giezen, M., Brouwer, S., & van Vliet, B. (2017). De impact van duurzame decentrale infrastructuren: Een analyse van contextuele veranderingen in de water en energiesector. Kennisactieprogramma Water.

2015

  • Giezen, M., & Roemers, G. (2015). The Metabolic Planner: Reflection on urban planning from the perspective of urban metabolism. In S. Savini, S. Verschuuren, W. G. M. Salet, & K. Raats (Eds.), Urban Metabolism UvA.

2013

  • Giezen, M., Driessen, P. P. J., Spit, T., & de Gier, T. (2013). Land in zicht: Een onderzoek naar systeemwijzigingen in de relatie tussen grond en duurzame gebiedsontwikkeling. InnovatieNetwerk en NederLandBovenWater.

2010

  • Giezen, M., Bertolini, L., & Salet, W. G. M. (2010). Country Synthesis Report: The Netherlands. London: OMEGA CoE on Transport.

2009

  • Giezen, M. (2009). Met volle vaart vooruit: de besluitvorming rond de HSL-Zuid. In W. Salet, & L. Janssen-Jansen (Eds.), Synergie in stedelijke netwerken: tussen competitie en complementariteit (pp. 213-219). Den Haag: Sdu Uitgevers. [details] 

2008

  • Giezen, M. (2008). Drie hoofdsteden en hun zustersteden. Agora, 24(1), 37-39. [details] 
  • Giezen, M. (2008). Organizing infrastructure: building infrastructure projects in the Netherlands. Territorio, 46(10), 21-31. [details] 

Award

  • van de Kamp, L., Hordijk, M. A., Grin, J. & Giezen, M. (2017). CUS Seed Grant XL: Co-creatietraject ‘Kennisdeling in Living Lab Buiksloterham’.
  • Giezen, M., Bertolini, L. & Salet, W. G. M. (2016). Joint paper nominated by European Planning Studies as best paper of the journal in 2015 and selected by AESOP Academic papers award 2016 (Rio).

Media appearance

  • Giezen, M. (09-10-2018). Remote-sensing toont hoe groene ruimte in Amsterdam afneemt [Web] Emerce. Remote-sensing toont hoe groene ruimte in Amsterdam afneemt.

Talk / presentation

  • Salet, W. G. M. (invited speaker), Giezen, M. (invited speaker), Bertolini, L. (invited speaker) & Dinitriou, H. (invited speaker) (2014). kick-off seminar on Decision-Making in Mega-Infrastructure Projects, The Year of Spatial Planning 2015, Pakhuis de Zwijger, Amsterdam.
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