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Organisational unit Landscape Dynamics
Landscape ecology
Address Swiss Federal Research Institute WSL
Zürcherstrasse 111
8903 Birmensdorf

Room Bi HL E 37
Contact Phone: +41 44 739 2507
Fax: +41 44 7392 215
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Researcher ID D-3207-2015

Research interests

  • Evaluation in spatial planning
  • Analysis of urban sprawl and associated processes
  • Agricultural land abandonment due to urbanization
  • Urban Green Infrastructure
  • Mapping historic and present landscape pattern

Research project

CONCUR - From plans to land change: how strategic spatial planning contributes to the development of urban regions

Period: January 2016- December 2017

The CONCUR research project should help clarify how planning and policy affect land change. The overall aim of the project is to bridge these distinct paradigms and develop a scientific basis for adequately integrating regional spatial policies into land-change modelling.

My task within the project is to establish a method for measuring the spatial information contained in strategic spatial plans. Precisely, this refers to procedures to translate information on envisioned development from plans into pixel maps and land change modelling rules.

Training and Education

2012 - 2015 - PhD studies at  University of Bucharest, Faculty of Geography, Romania.

Thesis: Urban sprawl in Romania: spatial characteristics and implications for landscape planning; Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Ileana Patru-Stupariu

2010 - 2012 - Master studies in Environmental Sciences at University of Bucharest, Faculty of Geography, Romania

2007 - 2010 - Bachelor in Geography at University of Bucharest, Faculty of Geography, Romania

Work experience

Scientific Assistant - Centre for Environmental Research and Impact Studies, University of Bucharest (November 2012 - June 2014, July 2015 - December 2015)


In progress

  • Grădinaru S.R., Hersperger A. M., Strengthening the spatial dimension of  Strategic Spatial Planning: a critical contribution (submitted - Environment and Planning B)
  • Grădinaru S.R., Kienast F. Psomas A., Using multi-seasonal Landsat imagery for rapid identification of abandoned agricultural land in areas  affected by urban sprawl. Ecological Indicators (under rev)
  • Grădinaru S.R., Iojă C.I., Pătru-Stupariu I., Hersperger A.M., Are spatial planning  objectives reflected in the evolution of urban landscape patterns? A framework for the evaluation of spatial planning outcomes. (submitted)
  • Rudolf S., Grădinaru S.R., Hersperger A. M., Impact of planning mandates on local plans: A multimethod assessment. (under review - European Planning Studies)
  • Rudolf S., Grădinaru S.R., Evaluating the quality and implementation of local plans: an integrated approach. (under review - Environment and Planning B)