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Peter Houben

Assistant Professor

Dr. P. Houben
+31 70 800 9308

Extension number: 8708


Peter Houben is Assistant professor of Environmental Earth Sciences and Sustainability. His main interests are within the environmental impact of human activities and their interaction with soil and river systems. Houben's interests  touch on topics of soil and water resources management (soil erosion, soil conservation), landscape planning, ecosystem services, the Anthropocene, civil engineering, channel-floodplain change, and landform evolution. Like his research, his teaching draws on own field-oriented data recording, information from geology, archaeology, land use change and remote sensing and use GIS applications where applicable.

Before coming to LUC Houben taught at the Goethe University in Frankfurt, University of Bonn, University of Cologne and worked as a planning consultant with a major energy utility. His teaching record ranges from undergraduate classes to the supervision of Master level and doctoral students. At LUC, he teaches classes of the LUC Earth, Energy and Sustainability program.

Academic Expertise

  • Soil geography, soil geomorphology, soil conservation
  • Human impact and ecosystem service functions provided by soils and riverine landscapes
  • Soil resource management, contaminated sites, soil remediation, landscape planning, Environmental Impact Assessment
  • Landform evolution (central Europe, Mediterranean, Alpine landscapes), fluvial systems, natural hazards


  • Soils, Sediments, and Society
  • Field Methods in Environmental Sustainability
  • Climate Change
  • Global Challenges: Sustainability
  • Earth Systems Science

Assistant Professor

  • Faculty Governance and Global Affairs
  • Leiden University College

Work address

Anna van Buerenplein
Anna van Buerenplein 301
2595 DG The Hague
Room number 4.08



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