Michiel van Meeteren

Research staff

  • Current position Postdoctoral researcher
  • Contact Vrije Universiteit Brussel
    Department of Geography
    Faculty of Science and Bio-Engineering Sciences
    Pleinlaan 2, Room F4.74
    BE-1050 Brussels
  • Phone +32 (0)2 629 3185
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Michiel van Meeteren is postdoctoral researcher. His primary research focus is on economic and financial geography, although he retains interest in methodology, the history of geography, political geography and urban issues. At Cosmopolis, he is primarily involved in two research projects. The first FWO-sponsored project is concerned with the role of state and financial sector actors in the emergence of a European financial space from the 1980s to 2007. Here the merger and acquisition wave of the European banking sector is analyzed in conjunction with the emergence of an increasingly salient regulatory regime at the European scale. The second project, Innovirus sponsored, deals with the geography and development of the advanced producer services sector in the Brussels capital region and its environs. This latter projects receives input from his PhD thesis (2016, Ghent University), where he explored the continuing relevance of urban systems theories from the "spatial science era" in human geography to explain contemporary Belgian settlement geographies.

Educational background:

2016: PhD in Geography, Ghent University

2011: Research Master Social Sciences, University of Amsterdam, Cum Laude

2008: Bachelor in Human Geography, University of Amsterdam, Cum Laude

2003: Bachelor of Music, Amsterdam School of the Arts

Previous positions

2012-2016: Ghent University, Social and Economic Geography. Doctoral Researcher

2015-present: Ruimte en Maatschappij, Editor

2010-present: Agora Magazine, Editor  

2008-2011: Atelier Tordoir, applied researcher in economic geography and regional economics

2007-2008: University of Amsterdam / International Geographical Union-NL Student Assistant/Editor

Key publications

Van Meeteren M and Bassens D (2016). World cities and the uneven geographies of financialization: Unveiling stratification and hierarchy in the world city archipelago. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research. DOI:10.1111/1468-2427.12344

Van Meeteren, M., Boussauw, K., Derudder, B., & Witlox, F. (2016). Flemish Diamond or ABC-Axis? The spatial structure of the Belgian metropolitan area. European Planning Studies, DOI:10.1080/09654313.2016.1139058

Bassens, D., & van Meeteren, M. (2015). World cities under conditions of financialized globalization: Towards an augmented world city hypothesis. Progress in Human Geography. 39(6), 752-775

Van Meeteren, M. (2015). Learning by Bumping: Pathways of Dutch SMEs to Foreign Direct Investment in Asia. Tijdschrift Voor Economische en Sociale Geografie. 106(4), 471-495.

Bassens, D., van Meeteren, M., Derudder, B., & Witlox, F. (2013). No more credit to Europe? Cross-border bank lending, financial integration, and the rebirth of the national scale as a credit scorecard. Environment and Planning A., 45(10), 2399–2419.