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Doctoral Seminars on Sustainability Research in the Built Environment

25 & 26 May 2023, Brussels

DS²BE 2023 is co-hosted by Perspective.Brussels, situated at the back of the Royal Palace between the central station and the Matonge neighbourhood.


Urban engaged research to the rescue!?

In our rapidly changing world, science provides perspective and guidance. The rigorous process of truth-seeking and refutation offers the best answer toward reliable insights and responsible choices.


Yet as researchers and human beings, we do not stay unmoved by today's social and ecological issues. Ideally, we would like to make a positive contribution with our research. But can and should we?

In this edition of DS²BE, we explore the role of "urban engaged research" through your own work. Keynotes testify about their interpretation of that role, we make a site visit around action research, and organise a workshop to define your own role.

Venue is the public interest body and multidisciplinary centre of expertise for territorial development that provides the Brussels Region with the means to understand itself better in order to prepare its future.

Under the WeKonekt program, VUB and ULB collaborate with public an private actors like to open up our campuses and engage researchers and students for metropolitan challenges in and around Brussels.

The venue is located at Rue de Namur - Naamsestraat 59, 1000 Brussels.


For inquiries, contact

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Lene De Vrieze

Lene has been working at Architecture Workroom Brussels since 2017 on open space and food. In her talk she will give us an insight in her activities and how AWB conducts urban engaged research.


The Territorial Knowledge department conducts analyses of the urban, social, economic and environmental reality of Brussels districts in order to support harmonious regional development.

Site visit

Pamela Domingez

Together with VUB-ULB researcher Victor Ooghe and project manager Pamela Domingez of contractor BPC, we visit the USquare redevelopment project.


Required: safety shoes.



Brecht Van der Schueren 

Guided by VUB's community engaged research and learning expert Brecht, we will reflect about our own research questions and methods. Can and should you increase the impact of your research endeavours?

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