Nick Schuermans

Academic and teaching staff

  • Current position Postdoctoral researcher and teaching associate
  • Contact Vrije Universiteit Brussel
    Department of Geography
    Faculty of Sciences
    Building F – Room 4.53
    Pleinlaan 2
    BE-1050 Brussels
  • Phone +32 (0)2 629 3510
  • Fax +32 (0)2 629 3378
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Nick Schuermans is a postdoctoral researcher and teaching associate at Vrije Universiteit Brussel. He is the day-to-day coordinator of the interdisciplinary research program on Cities and Newcomers and a lecturer in the Erasmus Mundus MSc 4CITIES and the Msc Geography master’s degree programs. His current research builds upon his interest in the geographies of encounter and solidarity, and focuses on the role of diverse groups of professionals in the accommodation of newcomers in the city of Brussels.

Current teaching

Sociale Geografie (BSc Geografie)

Research Seminar (MSc Geography)

Educational background

2004-2011: PhD in Geography, KU Leuven, Belgium

2002-2004: MSc in Geography, KU Leuven, Belgium

2000-2002: BSc in Geography, KU Leuven, Belgium

Previous positions/employment

2013-2016 Postdoctoral researcher (50%) at OASeS, Department of Sociology, University of Antwerp (Belgium)

2013-2014: Postdoctoral researcher (50%) at the Division of Geography, KU Leuven, Belgium

2012-2014: Lecturer in Critical Urban Theory (15%), Faculty of Architecture, Campus Sint-Lucas Brussels, KU Leuven, Belgium

2012: Postdoctoral researcher, Faculty of Architecture, Campus Sint-Lucas Brussel, KU Leuven, Belgium

2011: Postdoctoral researcher, Laboratory for Education and Society, KU Leuven, Belgium

Key publications

Oosterlynck, S., Schuermans, N., Loopmans, N. (eds.) (2017) Place, diversity and solidarity. London: Routledge.

Schuermans, N. (2017). White, middle class South Africans moving through Cape Town: mobile encounters with strangers, Social & Cultural Geography, 18(1), 34-52.

Schuermans, N. (2016) Enclave urbanism as telescopic urbanism? Encounters of middle class whites in Cape Town, Cities, 59, 183-192.

Schuermans, N., Meeus, B., De Decker, P. (2015) Geographies of whiteness and wealth: White, middle class discourses on segregation and social mix in Flanders, Belgium, Journal of Urban Affairs 37 (4): 478-495.

Schuermans, N., Meeus, B., De Maesschalck, F. (2010) Is there a world beyond the Web of Science? Publication practices outside the heartland of academic geography, Area 24(4): 417-424.