Inaugural speech Marlon Boeve - Proof of the Pudding

News - 31 October 2023 - Communication BK

The Environment Act and sustainable urban area development. The Proof of the Pudding.

The Netherlands is struggling with major issues in the areas of mobility, housing, sustainability and climate These major challenges result in multiple interests coming together in area development. Environmental and planning law are therefore in the spotlight. On 10 November 2023, Marlon Boeve will deliver her inaugural speech, "The Environment Act and Sustainable Urban Area Development. The Proof of the Pudding.'

The Environment and Planning Act (Omgevingswet) is coming into effect on 1 January 2024 and will result in a drastic overhaul of the system of rules for the physical living environment. In her inaugural address Marlon Boeve examines the reforms which the Act is intended to bring about in relation to urban area development, with a focus on inner-city transformations. Major challenges, such as housebuilding, sustainability and climate adaptation, lie ahead and these will often have to be 'mixed' with existing functions in inner cities. What are global plans with open standards, administrative leeway and mandatory provisions going to mean in practice? What does it mean when it comes to creating a 'healthy and sustainable city'. In her inaugural address Marlon Boeve focuses on how environmental and planning law functions in that field of influence. She examines the legal issues and why it is important, in respect of those issues, to gain an insight into the effect of the revised legislation, informed by empirical knowledge.

Collaboration between disciplines - a compilation

In actual area developments, the various tasks surrounding the major issues facing the Netherlands will meet. Among other things, environmental law is expected to facilitate these tasks. But legislation alone cannot achieve the necessary transitions. Cooperation between disciplines is necessary. The new Chair of Environmental Law in Area Development at TU Delft is the occasion for the publication of an exploration of connection between environmental law and other disciplines. The book contains 15 chapters written by pairs of authors; a lawyer and a practitioner from another discipline. With many contributions by colleagues from our faculty. 

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Marlon Boeve has been appointed Professor Environmental and Planning Law per 1 September 2022 at the Department of Management in the Built Environment of the Faculty of Architecture, TU Delft.

Prior to her inaugural speech, a mini-symposium 'Samen Verder?! Environmental law in area development: moving forward with a multidisciplinary approach'. During this symposium, the book of essays with the same title will be presented. It will be available as an open access publication after the inaugural address. The contributions to the book from our faculty colleagues include Evelien Bruggeman, Jantien Stoter, Peter Boelhouwer, Ellen van Bueren, Nico Tillie, Jutta Hinterleitner, Tom Daamen, Willem Korthals Altes, Pieter Jong and Wouter Jan Verheul. Edited by Fred Hobma, Co Verdaas and Marlon Boeve
Please note: both the mini-symposium, book and her inaugural speech will be in Dutch. 

Read five questions to Marlon Boeve by following her inaugural speech here (Dutch only).

Marlon Boeve specialised in environmental law and spatial planning law. Both disciplines are classified under environmental law, the domain of all laws and regulations affecting the physical environment. Boeve received her doctorate in environmental law for the compact city. She wrote many publications in the field of environmental law, including as editor and lead author of the legal standard work Omgevingsrecht. She remains part-time at the Utrecht Centre for Water, Oceans and Sustainability Law at Utrecht University. Marlon Boeve is a member of the editorial board of the Tijdschrift voor Omgevingsrecht and a member of the editorial board of the Tijdschrift voor Bouwrecht. She is also a member of the Objections Committee of the Municipality of Huizen.

The Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations is making the position of Professor of Environmental Law in Area Development at TU Delft financially possible. There is cooperation with the Foundation Knowledge Area Development (SKG).

Header image: Photo by Sander van Wettum