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Places to stay, places to change? A spatial analysis of the relative attractiveness of Dutch rural/peripheral areas for housing and recreation

Principle researcher

Michiel N. Daams

Type of research



prof. dr. Jouke van Dijk

prof. dr. Dirk Strijker

dr. Frans J. Sijtsma


This research is aimed to contribute to a spatial understanding of the relative attractiveness of rural/peripheral areas in the Netherlands as places to live and places to engage in recreational activities. Central subjects in this analysis are immobile resources (i.e. built form and environmental capital) and individuals’ locational preferences. A multi-scale approach is followed, assessing the characteristics and relative locations of residential properties and tourism employment at both local and regionally aggregated spatial levels. Spatial relations with environmental and urban amenities are explored and quantified using Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and spatial-econometric modeling techniques. To enhance the potential of this study’s findings for application in spatial planning, a GIS-based Multi Criteria Analysis model in which these can be visualized and assessed is proposed. This model is aimed to be used by planners, in an interactive participatory setting, in support of integrated spatial evaluation of housing or recreational plans and policies in Dutch rural/peripheral areas.

Last modified:26 April 2013 11.47 a.m.