Paul Blondeel

Academic and teaching staff

  • Current position Teaching associate
  • Contact Vrije Universiteit Brussel
    Department of Geography
    Faculty of Sciences
    Building F
    Pleinlaan 2
    BE-1050 Brussels
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Paul Blondeel teaches in the MSc in Urban Design and Spatial Planning (STeR*) at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. He occasionally runs training sessions at the Centre for Intercultural Management and Communication (CIMIC), Thomas More Mechelen, and for Samenlevingsopbouw Vlaanderen (Flemish centre of expertise on community development). Next to these teaching activities, Paul Blondeel lectures and publishes on urban citizenship, social sustainability in urban renewal and area-specific qualities of urban neighbourhoods. He runs his own office Studio Stadsonderzoek / Urban Research Studio which is a member of the SPINDUS research network (together with VECTRIS). He is working on his PhD at the Faculty of Design Sciences, University of Antwerp.

Current teaching

Publieke Ruimte (MSc STeR*)

Methoden en Technieken voor Stedenbouwkundig Onderzoek (MSc STeR*)

Educational background

2011–2015: PhD, Faculty of design sciences, University of Antwerp

1978–1983: MSc Adult Education (Psychological and Pedagogical Sciences), KU Leuven

Previous positions/employment

2009-2011: Research, consultancy and lecturing for Belgian and Dutch NGOs, municipalities and schools in Ghent, Brussels, Antwerp, Amsterdam and Rotterdam (Municipal Board of Rotterdam; project management Bureau of Amsterdam; University of Amsterdam; SEV Netherlands; AEDES Netherlands)

2009–2010: Ethnographic research for ‘osar’ architects, sessions for Unizo/SDWorx and for local NGOs on the Antwerp railway station neighbourhood

2006–2009: Research, training and policy proposal development in three disadvantaged neighbourhoods, pilot study 'De stad lezen - de wijk eren' (reading the city - honouring the neighbourhood), Department Samen Leven, City of Antwerp

2005: Research and consultancy, Residents for Regeneration (R4R)

2004-2007: Research on area-specific skills and competences and organisation of platforms for citizen deliberation, Projectbureau Mathenesserkwartier and City of Rotterdam

2004: Technical evaluation of the tool 'interculturele woonateliers' (intercultural residential workshops), Forum Nederland

2002-2005: Research and training on the role of citizens in overprofessionalised urban renewal strategies, Board of the Province of South Holland, the Netherlands

1998-2001: Managing researcher (supervisor Prof. André Loeckx), Social Impulse Fund project on local practices and discourses in urban renewal and development, OSA research group, KU Leuven

1993-1997: Research and training on urbanity in the public realm and strategies of spatial appropriation in Molenbeek, Beursschouwburg Brussels and KU Leuven

1989-1992: Conceptualisation, development and implementation of the journey of Boabdil, exchange and training with Belgian and Spanish young adults with Moroccan roots, Jint – Youth for Europe program of the EU, together with Dirk Van de Poel

1984-1988: Community development work, guidance and training of citizens and resident groups on improving housing conditions and the renewal of public spaces, Regional Institute for Community Development (RISO), Antwerp

Key publications

Blondeel P., Stuyven K. (Forthcoming), Landscape is not a commodity.  Spatial quality and the self understanding of a community: the Lommel case, in: Segers Ruth, Van den Broeck Pieter, Kahn Ahmed (eds). Reader Spatial Quality, ASP Editions.

Van Puymbroeck N., Blondeel P., Vandevoordt  R. (2014) Does Antwerp belong to everyone? Unveiling the conditional limits to inclusive urban citizenship, in: Social Inclusion 2(3): 18 – 28. 

Blondeel P. (2011) The Aggrieved and the Invisible. Some remarks on civic interconnectedness and political paralysis, in: The Flemish Left amidst a Nationalist Surge, Belgian Society and Politics 2011, Gerrit Kreveld Foundation: 121 – 130.  

Blondeel P. en Wagenaar H. (2005) De woorden weer bij de dingen brengen. Over oneigenlijke termen in het vertrouwensdebat en de bijdrage van mensen die we laaggeschoold noemen, in: Veiligheid, Vertrouwen en Good Governance, Elsevier Juridisch: 145 – 159.

Blondeel P. (1996) Op afstand aangewezen. De toe-eigening van de publieke ruimte: strategieën en opvattingen van bewoners. Een kwalitatief onderzoek in Oud Molenbeek, een Brusselse volkswijk. Onderzoeksrapport in opdracht van de minister van Brusselse aangelegenheden en gelijke kansenbeleid.