prof.dr.ir. L.L.J.M. Willemen (Wieteke)

Full Professor

About Me

Professor of Spatial Dynamics of Ecosystem Services. Current research includes RS-based ecosystem service mapping and monitoring, impact assessments of integrated restoration, citizen science integration in impact research, and prioritization of investments in land degradation neutrality actions. Website: About me.

PhD in spatial modelling of multifunctional landscapes from Wageningen University, the Netherlands. Worked before at Bioversity International in Colombia, the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre in Italy, Cornell University in the USA. Roles: (Coordinating) Lead Author of the Business and Biodiversity and Land Degradation & Restoration assessments of IPBES, Board of the Executive Committee of Ecosystem Services Partnership, and editorial work for several journals. Former board member of the JA@UT, the young academy of the University of Twente.


Earth & Environmental Sciences
Ecosystem Service
Land Degradation
Agriculture & Biology
Ecosystem Services
Land Degradation
Remote Sensing
Business & Economics
Ecosystem Services

Ancillary Activities

  • Ecosystem Service Partnership
    Executive Committee Ecosystem Service Partnership
    Chair Programme Committee Joint SDG research initiative
  • Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platfom on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES)
    IPBES Lead Author Business and Biodiversity Assessment
  • Elsevier
    Special Issue Editor Journal Ecosystem Services


Marques, A., Bonn, A., Castro, A. J., Chaudhary, A., Felipe-Lucia, M. R., Kastner, T., Koellner, T., Lancker, K., Lopez Hoffman, L., Meyer, C., Pfister, S., Rabeschini, G. , Willemen, L., & Schulp, C. J. E. (2024). The role of nature's contributions to people in sustaining international trade of agricultural products. People and Nature, 6(2), 410-421. https://doi.org/10.1002/pan3.10607
Del Río-Mena, T. (2023). Remote sensing to quantify ecosystem services for monitoring and evaluating ecological restoration interventions. [PhD Thesis - Research UT, graduation UT, University of Twente, Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation]. University of Twente, Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC). https://doi.org/10.3990/1.9789036557054
Best, L. , Schwarz, N., Obergh, D., Teuling, A. J., van Kanten, R. , & Willemen, L. (2023). Urban green spaces and variation in cooling in the humid tropics: The case of Paramaribo. Urban Forestry and Urban Greening, 89, Article 128111. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ufug.2023.128111
Schirpke, U., Ghermandi, A., Sinclair, M., Van Berkel, D., Fox, N., Vargas, L. , & Willemen, L. (2023). Emerging technologies for assessing ecosystem services: A synthesis of opportunities and challenges. Ecosystem services, 63, Article 101558. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecoser.2023.101558
Teurlincx, S., van Halsema, R., SM Deffner, A. , Willemen, L. , & Egorova, E. (2023). Capturing elements of the Nature Futures Framework through in situ place descriptions: An empirical study in urban blue locations. In R. Westerholt, & F.-B. Mocnik (Eds.), Proceedings of the 4th International Symposium on Platial Information Science (pp. 5-13) https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.8286255
Obergh, D., Best, L. , Willemen, L. , Schwarz, N., & van Kanten, R. (2023). Citizen science for a healthy living environment in Suriname. s1-s15. Caribbean Urban Forum, CUF 2023, Paramaribo, Suriname.

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Courses Academic Year  2023/2024

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Courses Academic Year  2022/2023

Contact Details

Visiting Address

University of Twente
Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation
Langezijds (building no. 19), room 1105
Hallenweg 8
7522NH  Enschede
The Netherlands

Mailing Address

University of Twente
Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation
Langezijds  1105
P.O. Box 217
7500 AE Enschede
The Netherlands

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