In het inaugural lecture, Professor Dorien Manting states that the demographic life courses of people form an important explanation for a multitude of spatial developments. The prolonged period between young people leaving their parental home and the time the start their own family is a fitting example. This period is continually getting longer, compared to the timespan in the past. This has its consequences for spatial development, such as in the degree of urban growth and in the decline in car use among young adults.
The spatial behaviour of adults during the first half of their lives – for instance, in housing, mobility, moving house, utilisation of leisure time – changes due to the demographic changes in life course.
This is an English translation of the Dutch spoken inaugural lecture ‘Ruimtelijk beleid kan niet zonder demografische analyse', which was held at the acceptance of the position of Special Professor of Population Dynamics and Spatial Developments at the University of Amsterdam, Friday 1 November 2013.