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Because You Need to Know – Jort De Vries

Defining the spatial planning: space and knowledge of a sea with Jort de Vries

This podcast is part of the Because You Need to Know series from Pioneer Knowledge Services.

Jort de Vries is a scholar, researching the integration of knowledge in marine spatial planning policy and maritime development for his PhD at the University of Groningen, the Netherlands.

Jort also works as an advisor at Deltares, a Dutch company at the forefront of knowledge production concerning coastal, water, maritime and general delta management.

Jort just published the first paper1 of his PhD titled “Making knowledge matter, understanding and improving knowledge integration in Dutch marine spatial planning policy.”

Jort recommends the book2 The Death and Life of Great American Cities by Jane Jacobs, which demonstrates how spatial planning, when integrated with knowledge and interests from all relevant stakeholders leads to valuable, efficient and healthy spaces for communities, whereas the opposite can lead to segregation, crime and general dissatisfaction.

A book3 which demonstrates the Dutch way of looking at space is Environmental planning in the Netherlands, Too good to be true by Gert de Roo.

Finally, if anyone is interested in the kind of research programs Jort is involved with when it comes to informing marine spatial planning and offshore wind farm policy, the video4 “What is the environmental impact of wind farms in the North Sea?” provides an overview of current efforts.


  1. de Vries, J. W., Spijkerboer, R. C., & Zuidema, C. (2024). Making knowledge matter: Understanding and improving knowledge-integration in Dutch marine spatial planning policy. Ocean & Coastal Management, 248, 106928.
  2. Jacobs, J. (1961). The Death and Life of Great American Cities. New York City: Random House.
  3. De Roo, G. (2017). Environmental planning in the Netherlands: too good to be true: from command-and-control planning to shared governance. Routledge.
  4. Dutch Research Council. (2023, July 5). What is the environmental impact of wind farms in the North Sea?
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Edwin K. Morris

Edwin K. Morris is the president and founder of Pioneer Knowledge Services which produces the educational program, Because You Need To Know. It is part of the mission to educate and bring awareness around knowledge management and nonprofit concerns.

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