Research

BMiX - Working and Living in the Brussels Metropolitan Area

Research, Completed

Brussels: Mixity and X-essibility for liveable urbanization. Innoviris Prospective Research for Brussels funding.

Interuniversity project together with Luuk Boelens (Ghent University) and Benoit Moritz (La Cambre, Université Libre de Bruxelles)

The research project starts from the present socio-spatial mismatch between living and working in the Brussels metropolitan area. This mismatch is obvious both in the relationship between Brussels and its hinterland, as well as within the Capital Region itself. On the one hand, Brussels offers a wide range of highly skilled job opportunities, which are mostly occupied by inhabitants of the hinterland. On the other hand, Brussels faces a high proportion of low-skilled workers for whom the appropriate job supply within the Capital Region, and particularly in the neighbourhoods where these groups live, is insufficient. Moreover, the region is confronted with a demographic boom necessitating an ever increasing supply of housing.

Within the issues outlined, we can distinguish two sub-questions. The first question relates to the facilitation of new jobs in the city, featuring a proportional mix of living and working opportunities, also and especially with regards to the most vulnerable groups in Brussels’ society. The second question is about regional cross-border urbanisation and the transport system: how can the urbanisation of Brussels and its fringe be organised in such a way that economic activities become more accessible, while the urban agglomeration becomes less car dependent? Finally, the third part of the research is on integration and visioning: how can these two lines of inquiry help shape the future sustainable development of the Brussels agglomeration?

Activities

BMiX excursion - May 11th, 2015, Brussels (Bruxelles, Schaerbeek, Laeken, Molenbeek, Anderlecht) -Vilvoorde

  • BMiX excursion with partners and stakeholders from the Brussels and Flanders regions, organiserd by Sarah De Boeck, in cooperation with Fabio Vanin, Michael Ryckewaert, David Bassens, Kobe Boussauw, Nicolas Dewulf
  • A comprehensive, illustrated report on this excursion can be downloaded here.

Joint meeting of the research groups Cosmopolis (Vrije Universiteit Brussel), AMRP (Ghent University), and PUMA (University if Amsterdam) - June 5th, 2015, Antwerp

  • Discussing BMiX research concepts based on presentations by Nicolas Dewulf and Kobe Boussauw

29th International conference of the Association of European Schools of Planning : Definite Space - Fuzzy Responsibility - July 13-16th, 2015, Prague

  • Poster presentation on “The spatial mismatch hypothesis in Brussels and its fringe: implications for transport and urban development” by Nicolas Dewulf, co-authored by Kobe Boussauw, Michael Ryckewaert, Luuk Boelens
  • Full paper presented on “Urban Enterprise Zones and the Brussels Zone of Economic Expansion in the City (ZEEC): Brussels' policy instruments and strategies for mixed-use development in a European context” by Sarah De Boeck, co-authored by David Bassens and Michael Ryckewaert

Belgian Senate, Commission: Matières transversales - Compétences régionales - October 19th, 2015

  • Presentation on issues of cross language border cooperation in terms of public transport and urban development, with reference to the BMiX and Critical Mass projects, by Kobe Boussauw.

6th Belgian Geography Days - November 13th, 2015, Brussels

  • Full presentation on “Urban enterprise zones and the Brussels zone of economic expansion in the city (ZEEC)” by Sarah De Boeck, co-authored by David Bassens and Michael Ryckewaert
  • Full presentation on "The spatial mismatch hypothesis in Brussels and its fringe: implications for transport and urban development" by Nicolas Dewulf, co-authored by Kobe Boussauw, Michael Ryckewaert, Luuk Boelens

Future of Mobility – Mobilities of the Future Research Day, November 30th, 2015, Ghent

  • Presentation on “Living and working in the Brussels Metropolitan Area: socio-spatial mismatch and reverse commuting” by Nicolas Dewulf, co-authored by Kobe Boussauw, Michael Ryckewaert, Luuk Boelens

Cosmopolis Lunch Seminar - December 3rd, 2015, Brussels

  • Combined presentation on “The spatial mismatch hypothesis in Brussels and its fringe” and “Public transport and metropolitan development” by Nicolas Dewulf and Kobe Boussauw

Internal research meeting presentations:

  • AMRP (Ghent University) - November 25th, 2011

4th World Planning Schools Congress - July 3-8, 2016, Rio de Janeiro

Accepted extended abstracts:

  • “The spatial mismatch hypothesis for Brussels: reverse commuting from a transport poverty perspective” by Nicolas Dewulf, Kobe Boussauw, Michael Ryckewaert, Luuk Boelens
  • “Agglomeration benefits and polycentric growth: Envisioning an efficient central metropolitan area in Belgium”, by Kobe Boussauw, Michiel van Meeteren, Joren Sansen, Tom Storme

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