Peter Pelzer

Peter Pelzer
Utrecht University | UU · Department of Human Geography and Spatial Planning

PhD

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February 2015 - December 2015
Utrecht University
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  • PostDoc Position
September 2011 - December 2014
Utrecht University
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  • PhD Student

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Publications (53)
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The need for engaging citizens in climate policymaking is increasingly recognised. Despite indications that the form of expert involvement can strongly shape the outcomes, this remains scarcely researched. We analysed two unique and contrasting cases of citizen engagement in national climate mitigation policy: 1) the Irish Citizens’ Assembly (ICA),...
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Some of the most influential explorations of low-carbon transformations are conducted with Integrated Assessment Models (IAMs). The recent attempts by the IPCC to look for pathways compatible with the 1.5 °C and 2 °C temperature goals are a case in point. Earlier scholarship indicates that model-based pathways are persuasive in bringing specific po...
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Urbanites increasingly turn to digital mobility platforms to make use of means of transportation and to plan and book journeys. While these platforms can contribute to making urban travel more sustainable and efficient, they can also lead to governance challenges and have negative external effects, raising questions about how public values can best...
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Cities face a twofold challenge. On the one hand, there is the difficulty of making the transport system fairer, more sustainable, and more efficient in meeting the needs of a city. On the other hand, digital platforms already occupy an important place in the city, and their role in the city’s future shows no signs of diminishing. Informed debate a...
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Merwede is an envisioned neighbourhood in Utrecht (the Netherlands) that provides an instructive case to learn about the governance challenges of digital mobility platforms. Unique about Merwede is how the development of a mobility platform is envisioned to be integrated into the development of a new neighbourhood. This article discusses the case o...
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This paper investigates how the teaching and learning about “wicked” environmental problems may be fostered through an educational approach premised on futuring – the active imagination of the future. The growing academic interest in possible and desirable futures provides a promising starting point for restructuring education as coupling knowledge...
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Integrated Assessment Models (IAMs) have gained a prominent role in the climate science-policy interface. The article reconstructs the evolution of IAMs and their changing role in this interface, investigating how and why IAMs have become so prominent. Based on literature analysis, quantitative document analysis and semi-structured interviews, we d...
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The current ecological crisis will transform the face and fate of cities. Neighbourhoods for the Future is based on the conviction that we should rethink cities from the ambit of the neighbourhood. It revisits the neighbourhood as the designated scale and arena to build our urban futures. The neighbourhood is small enough to be tangible, yet big en...
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Urban development projects are increasingly going hand in hand with the introduction of low-traffic mobility systems, as can be witnessed in several envisioned Dutch neighbourhoods, e.g. Merwede in Utrecht and Sluisbuurt in Amsterdam. These new ‘mobility schemes’ are often accompanied by a digital platform that connects supply and demand. When it c...
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There is a widely shared view that planning actors require planning support systems (PSS) that can be easily adapted to changing project demands packaged in easy-to-understand formats. Recent studies confirm this and show that PSS are increasingly user-friendly. Still, little is known about under what conditions they add value in practice. This pap...
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This article examines the main public interests at stake with the rise of online platforms in the sharing economy and the gig economy. We do so by analyzing platforms in five sectors in the Netherlands: domestic cleaning (Helpling), taxi rides (UberPop), home restaurants (AirDnD), home sharing (Airbnb), and car sharing (SnappCar). The most salient...
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Stel je voor: alle doelstellingen voor het ‘aardgasvrij’ maken van onze wijken zijn gehaald. Zijn we dan tevreden? In zekere zin natuurlijk wel: een majeure opgave is volbracht. Maar wat als al die wijken verder niet zijn verbeterd? Als Overvecht in Utrecht aardgasvrij is, maar nog steeds een 12 jaar lagere gezonde levensverwachting kent dan Tuindo...
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Door de energietransitie en de woningnood staat de wijkaanpak weer hoog op de planologische agenda. Op wijkniveau kan je immers meters maken én blijft de schaal overzichtelijk en tastbaar. Maar het wordt steeds duidelijker dat een succesvolle wijkaanpak om meer vraagt dan ‘aardgasvrij’ of ‘autoluw’. De sociale component is cruciaal. Want hoe win je...
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The transition to a less carbon-dependent society is arguably one of the most pressing issues of our time. As carbon is deeply embedded in contemporary western culture, this transition requires a deep reconsideration of cultural values. Art and design can be helpful in opening up this debate and imagining alternative futures. However, not much is k...
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Platform innovations like Uber and Airbnb allow peers to transact outside established market institutions. From an institutional perspective, platform companies follow a reverse innovation process compared to innovation within traditional regulatory systems: they first launch their online platform and ask for government permission only later. We an...
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After the Paris agreement on climate change (2015) climate change politics is no longer about raising awareness but about shaping the sustainability transition itself. It requires us to rethink the role of scientific knowledge, shifting from a tradition of “expected futures” to an approach focusing on “desirable futures” and ways to get there. We a...
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One of the most notable changes to cityscapes worldwide in the past 20 years has been the steady expansion of information and communications technologies (ICTs). Today, urban residents navigate cities with smartphones, track their own activities with digital devices, access public transportation systems with smart cards, and interact with governmen...
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Planning support systems (PSS) are digital instruments to support planning. Comparatively little attention has been paid to understanding the usefulness of PSS for planning practice and studying its application in real-world planning situations. This paper aims to address this omission. Conceptually, usefulness is subdivided in seven dimensions, an...
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Although planning support systems (PSS) have now undergone more than two decades of research and development, this is not reflected in their practical application. In this paper we argue that one of the reasons for this is that too much emphasis is put on the instrument rather than the usage and planning context. A better understanding of the relat...
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Studies in the Planning Support Systems (PSS) debate are increasingly paying attention to the support function of PSS. This involves among other things studying the usefulness of PSS to practitioners. This paper adds another dimension to this evolving debate by arguing that planning tasks should receive more attention. Although planning tasks are c...
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Recent research has emphasized the importance of workshops as a venue where planning support systems (PSS) are used in planning processes. Empirical studies of these workshops have previously largely overlooked facilitation, in particular the role of a moderator (steering the discussion) and/or a chauffeur (steering the PSS). Drawing on existing fa...
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This paper acknowledges the great potential of Geodesign. It notes, however, that barriers exist for urban designers to use GIS-based tools. An experiment we conducted with students and interviews with practitioners seem to confirm this claim. We identify four main barriers for the usage of GIS-based tools by urban designers: (1) impotence to handl...
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Planning is both an interdisciplinary and a collaborative endeavour. A range of disciplines are involved in planning, which arguably all have a specific frame through which they perceive reality and address planning issues. Three main disciplinary frames can be discerned: analytical, design and negotiation. Within this context, increasing usage is...
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This paper ended an initial period of wide enthusiasm in attempting to realise the potential of computer innovations to revolutionise urban planning (Harris, 1960). It was an era when both the planning and the computer domains were strongly influenced by strong positivist ideas about the nature of scientific progress. Planning was mainly a compr...
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Planning Support Systems (PSS) are geo-information based tools to support planning. Since the term PSS appeared for the first time in the late 1980s it has evolved into a serious academic subfield. In this debate, little systematic attention has been paid to the added value of PSS for planning practice. In particular the perspective of users requir...
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Although planning support systems (PSS) have now undergone more than two decades of research and development, this is not reflected in their practical application. In this paper we argue that one of the reasons for this is that too much emphasis is put on the instrument rather than the usage and planning context. A better understanding of the relat...
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Sustainable urban development is a critical issue in the Netherlands. The country is densely populated, which causes conflicts between environmental concerns and spatial development. Environmental policy integration is proposed as a way to improve the integration of environmental values into spatial planning with the help of learning processes. Thi...
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Tien jaar na dato lijkt de hype rond The Rise of the Creative Class een beetje te zijn gaan liggen. Tijd voor een reconstructie. Het is de vraag of de karrenvracht aan kritiek op Richard Florida gelijke tred houdt met zijn invloed op ruimtelijk beleid. Wellicht is ook hier sprake van een hype.
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Virtually every city-region in West and Central Europe has developed policies and strategies to attract, retain and encourage creative industries and knowledge-intensive services. Since most of these citiy-regions tend to see a creative knowledge economy as 'the best bet for the future', one of the main goals of such policies and strategies is incr...
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div class="page" title="Page 1"> Hoewel Nederland koploper is op het gebied van fi etsgebruik, zijn re ecties op de culturele status van dit vervoermiddel zeldzaam. Zoals ervaringen elders in de wereld én binnen Nederland laten zien is fi etsen niet louter een rationele keuze, maar ingebed in een nationaal discours dat de normaliteit van de fi ets...
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div class="page" title="Page 1"> De fi ets mag recentelijk op een toenemende belangstelling rekenen. Het fi etswiel wordt echter niet geheel opnieuw uitgevonden; voor de Tweede Wereldoorlog kenden veel landen een bloeiende fi etscultuur. In deze thema-editie schetst AGORA de contouren van de fi etsrevival. </div
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div class="page" title="Page 1"> Zet twee Amsterdamse gemeenteraadsleden van uiteenlopende politieke signatuur (Robert Flos, VVD, Fjodor Molenaar, Groen Links) en een hoogleraar vervoersplanologie (Luca Bertolini) bij elkaar in een kamer en laat ze een uur lang fi etsen en mobiliteit bekritiseren, prijzen en oplossingen aandragen. AGORA deed een p...
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Over the last decade, bicycling has found itself a place on both the policy and academic agenda. The bike is becoming an important part of urban transportation and life. Most academic research focuses either on determinants of bicycle use or emphasises bicycling as a cultural phenomenon. This paper attempts to bridge these two strands by arguing th...

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Digital platforms increasingly influence urban dynamics. Commercial and individual values prevail in this process. How can we ensure that these platforms contribute to public values in the city? This study translates shared public values to requirements for platform development. This results in a set of requirements for tenders.
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'Neighbourhoods for the Future' develops an inspiring and academically grounded perspective on both the characteristics of our future neighbourhoods and the way in which we can realize them. We are currently gathering data on several neighbourhoods in Europe and North America. Our aim is to explore opportunities for learning and provide intriguing insights into considerations on the energy transition, density, social inclusion, finance, and the many dilemmas that come with ambitious projects that take place at the level of the neighbourhood.