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The research interests of Professor de Vries include smart and responsible land management, urban and rural development, public restrictions cadastres and capacity development for land policy. He supervises doctoral candidates dealing with spatial development strategies, land tenure arrangements, spatial justice, nomadic-pastoralist land tenure and land consolidation amongst others. He is working on a theory and framework for ‘Human Geodesy’.

Professor de Vries acquired a geodetic engineering degree from the Technical University of Delft in 1988, and completed his PhD at Rotterdam He has worked in international projects in Asia, Africa and South America, with UNITAR in Geneva until 1994, and with the International Institute for Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC) at the University of Twente from 1994 till 2015. He was appointed to his chair position at TUM in 2015. He is the director of TUM's Master and PhD programs in Land Management and Land Tenure, serves as Dean of Studies of the programs Geodesy and Geoinformatics and as academic coodinator for TUM.Africa. He is a member of the German Geodetic Commisison and member of the Bayern Academy of Rural Space.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land


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