Nele Aernouts

Research staff

  • Current position Postdoctoral researcher
  • Contact Vrije Universiteit Brussel
    Department of Geography
    Faculty of Sciences
    Building F – Room 4.71
    Pleinlaan 2
    BE-1050 Brussels
  • Phone +32 (0)2 629 2828
  • Fax +32 (0)2 629 3378
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Nele Aernouts is an architect, urban designer and researcher. Since 2013 she has been conducting research on collective dwelling forms that address the housing needs of underprivileged groups. By focusing on the Brussels-Capital Region, her main interest is to uncover the complex interplay between planning processes and spatial configurations of social housing estates and the co-habitation of its residents.

Current teaching:

Wonen (MSc STeR*)

Educational background

2017: PhD in Sciences, Vrije Universiteit Brussel

2012: Master of Human Settlements, KU Leuven

2008: Master of Architecture, Henry van de Velde instituut (Universiteit Antwerpen)

Previous positions/employment

2013-2017: Doctoral researcher at Cosmopolis, Department of Geography, Vrije Universiteit Brussel

2012-2013: Researcher at Steunpunt Wonen, Department of Architecture, Urbanism and Planning (ASRO), KU Leuven

2008-2011: Internships at LAND landschapsarchitecten, Studio Tom Thys, Architecten Els Claessens and Tania Vandenbussche, Atelier JPLX, NGO GWG (Ghana), Architektenburo Jef van Oevelen

Key publications

Aernouts, N. & Ryckewaert, M. (2018). Reproducing housing commons. Government involvement and differential commoning in a housing cooperative, Housing studies, 1-19

Aernouts, N. & Ryckewaert, M. (2017). Beyond housing: On the role of commoning in the establishment of a Community Land Trust project, International Journal of Housing Policy, 1-19.

Aernouts, N. & Ryckewaert, M. (2015) Reconceptualizing the “Publicness” of Public Housing: The Case of Brussels, Social Inclusion 3(2), 17-30.