Koos Fransen

Research staff

  • Current position Postdoctoral researcher
  • Contact Vrije Universiteit Brussel
    Department of Geography
    Faculty of Sciences
    Building F, 4th floor
    Cosmopolis research group
    Pleinlaan 2
    BE-1050 Brussels
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Koos has a background in Industrial Engineering – Land Surveying as well as Urbanism and Spatial Planning. He obtained his PhD at the University of Ghent in 2017. He currently work as a post-doctoral researcher at the Cosmopolis Centre for Urban Research at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. His research focuses on accessibility and its link to spatial planning and transport policy, with a primary focus on aspects of social exclusion and transport poverty.

Educational background

2011 – 2014: Master of Science, Urban Design and Spatial Planning, Vrije Universiteit Brussel (BE)
2009 – 2013: Master of Science, Industrial Engineering – Surveying, Hogeschool Gent (BE)

Research Experience

2014 – 2017: PhD Candidate at the research group CartoGIS and research group Mobility and Spatial Planning, Ghent University

Awards and grants

2018: FLAGIS & AM/FM-GIS BeGeo Geospatial Awards – Category Dissertations (first prize)
2017: Trainee Work Group Prize – TEA COST Action Training School Barcelona
2014: Scholarship: IWT scholarship
2013: Award: FLAGIS & AM/FM-GIS Geospatial Awards - Category Local Governments (nominee)
2013: Award: FLAGIS & AM/FM-GIS Geospatial Awards - Best Student Geo-application (first prize)

Key publications

Fransen, K., Farber, S. (forthcoming). From place-based to person-based accessibility – a three-dimensional framework for measuring transport equity. In Measuring Transport Equity., ed. Karen Lucas, Karel Martens, Floridea Di Ciommo Ariane Dupont-Kieffer.

Fransen, K., Boussauw, K., Deruyter, G., De Maeyer, P. (2018). The relationship between transport disadvantage and employability: predicting long-term unemployment based on job seekers’ access to suitable job openings in Flanders, Belgium, Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice.

Fransen, K., Farber, S., Deruyter, G., De Maeyer, P. (2017). A spatio-temporal accessibility measure for modelling activity participation in discretionary activities, Journal of Travel Behaviour and Society.

Fransen, K., Deruyter, G., De Maeyer, P. (2015). Concepts, Reflections and Applications of Social Equity: Approaches to Accessibility to Primary Goods and Services in the Region of Flanders, Belgium. In Adaptive Mobility : a New Policy and Research Agenda on Mobility in Horizontal Metropolises, ed. Luuk Boelens, Dirk Lauwers, and Frank Witlox, 17–44. Groningen: InPlanning

Fransen, K., Neutens, T., Farber, S., De Maeyer, P., Deruyter, G., Witlox, F. (2015). Identifying public transport gaps using time-dependent accessibility levels, Journal of Transport Geography, 48, pp. 176-187.

Fransen, K., Neutens, T., De Maeyer, P., Deruyter, G. (2015). A commuter-based two-step floating catchment area method for measuring spatial accessibility of daycare centers, Health & Place, 32, pp. 65-73.