Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research (AISSR)

Photographer: Mendel Giezen

dr. M. (Mendel) Giezen


  • Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences
    GPIO : Urban Planning
  • Visiting address
    REC BC
    Nieuwe Achtergracht 166  Amsterdam
    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:

-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-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. & 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., 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.

 

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 [details]
  • 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). [details]
  • van Doren, D., Driessen, P. P. J., Runhaar, H., & Giezen, M. (2016). Scaling-up low-carbon urban initiatives: Towards a better understanding. Urban Studies, 0042098016640456. [details]

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., 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 [details]
  • 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]

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 [details]

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

  • 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).

Keynote / invited lecture

  • 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.

2012

  • Giezen, M. (2012). Navigating mega projects through complexity and uncertainty: strategic and adaptive capacity in planning and decision-making [details / files]
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