Wojciech Kębłowski

Academic and teaching staff

  • Current position Post-doctoral researcher
  • Contact Vrije Universiteit Brussel
    Department of Geography
    Faculty of Sciences
    Building F, Room 4.74
    Pleinlaan 2
    BE-1050 Brussels
  • Phone +32 (0)2 629 3185
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Wojciech is a post-doctoral researcher at Cosmopolis (VUB) and scientific collaborator at IGEAT (ULB). In his work, he focuses on three themes at the intersection of urban and transport geography:

1. Developing critical perspectives on urban transport, in particular:

  • sustainable transport theory and its various practices;
  • fare-free public transport;
  • fare-related movements and struggles;
  • informal, shared and digitalised transport practices.

2. Studying various “alternatives” to the urban neoliberal mainstream — whether inspired by the call for “right to the city”, the “degrowth” movement, or the development of circular economy.

3. Analysing citizen participation in urban planning, in particular within participatory budgeting practices.
The various sites of his research include Aubagne (FR), Brussels (BE), Chengdu (CN), Helsinki (FI), Tallinn (EE), and Sopot, Żory Wrocław and Żory (PL).

Key publications

Kębłowski, W., Tuvikene, T., Pikner, T., Jauhiainen, J. (2019), Towards an urban political geography of transport: Unpacking the political and scalar dynamics of fare-free public transport in Tallinn, Estonia, Environment and Planning C: Politics and Space, in press.

Kębłowski, W., Bassens, D. (2018) ‘All Transport Problems are Essentially Mathematical:’ The Uneven Resonance of Academic Transport and Mobility Knowledge in Brussels, Urban Geography, 39, 3, LINK.

Kębłowski, W., and Van Criekingen, M. (2014) How ‘Alternative’ Alternative Urban Policies Really Are? Looking at Participatory Budgeting Through the Lenses of the Right to the City, Métropoles, 15: 1–22, LINK.

Kębłowski, W. (2013) Budżet partycypacyjny. Krótka instrukcja obsługi [A Brief Guide to Participatory Budgeting]. Warsaw: Instytut Obywatelski, LINK.


  • Transport and the City module within Urban Geography course (various master degree programmes)
  • Politiques des transports (Master de Spécialisation en Gestion des Transports - CIEM - ULB)

Research stays

12/2016 – 01/2017     Tallinn University (EE), Centre for Landscape and Culture.
08/2016 – 11/2016     Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Chengdu (CR).
04/2016 – 06/2016     Universität Wien (AT), Department of Geography and Regional Research.
02/2016 – 03/2016     Aix-Marseille Université (FR), Institut d'Urbanisme et d’Aménagement Régional.
11/2013 – 01/2014     Gran Sasso Science Institute, L’Aquila (IT), Faculty of Social Sciences.


2012 – 2018  PhD in Sciences (Geography), joint degree of Université libre de Bruxelles and Vrije Universiteit Brussel. Title: Moving past sustainable mobility towards a critical perspective on urban transport  A right to the city-inspired analysis of fare-free public transport.

2010 – 2012  MSc in Urban Studies (4 CITIES), joint master programme of Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Københavns Universitet, Universität Wien, Université libre de Bruxelles, and Vrije Universiteit Brussel. Graduation cum laude.

2005 – 2010 BA in English Studies (Literature and Linguistics), University of Wrocław (PL)