Corentin Debailleul

Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) / Teaching Assistant

Courses

Urban Analysis 2

Research interests

Urban geography, town planning, smart cities, policing, video surveillance

Contact

IGEAT, Université Libre de Bruxelles
130/03 Avenue Franklin Roosevelt, 50
1050 Ixelles, Bruxelles, Belgium

Tel: +3226506816

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Martin Rosenfeld

Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) / Assistant Professor

Courses

Urban Sociology

Research interests

Keywords: Globalisation from below, informal economy, second-hand markets, migration, ethnic entrepreneurship

The economy of second-hand goods: With the development of “Discard Studies”, second-hand goods are getting an increased attention within social sciences. If second-hand goods have been part of survival strategies of marginalised groups for a long time, there is an increased interest for re-utilisation, repair café and recycling as well. Much more need to be said about the groups involved in those practices, their places of collect, and the way they exchange and sell those second-hand goods. This knowledge at local level needs to be completed by studies at a larger scale, particularly the one following the transnational trade chains of second hand goods around the world.

Contact

Institut de Sociologie
14th floor, Room 113
ULB’s Solbosh campus
44 Av. Jeanne
1050 Brussels

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Muriel Sacco

Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) / Postdoctoral researcher

Courses

Geographies of a Globalizing Europe

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Mathieu van Criekingen

Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) / ULB Programme Coordinator and Lecturer

Courses

Urban Economic Geography, Urban Analysis II

Research interests

Keywords: gentrification (processes, policies, and resistance to), neoliberal capitalism and the city, life in working-class neighbourhoods

Staying put in the revalorised (inner) city: Urban revalorisation processes are putting strong pressure on multiple categories of land users that cannot afford rising ground rents while simultaneously highly praising central urban locations for social reproduction or economic viability (low-income inhabitants, space-consuming activities, low-margin businesses,…). There’s a need here for new researches on the actual ways and strategies through which those populations or activities at risk of displacement strive to ‘stay put’ in central urban locations, that is, how they resist change. Case studies could be designed here with a focus on specific population groups, economic activities or selected neighbourhoods ‘under pressure’ – in different urban contexts.

Alternatives: Practices, initiatives, projects or experiments of very diverse kinds departing from the entrepreneurial mainstream – and/or contesting it – are flourishing nowadays in cities. Thinks f.i. of community land trusts, community planning experiences, local currencies or exchange systems, free public transport, community-supported agriculture, housing cooperatives, squatting, participatory budgeting, etc. Yet, there is still a lack of critical assessments of the actual nature of these existing policy models or practices that allegedly embody an ‘alternative’ character vis-à-vis the entrepreneurial mainstream. I invite therefore students to engage in researching how these ‘alternative’ experiments actually confront, contest, circumvent – or not so much – neoliberally-minded ways of producing and running cities, based on close observation of situated experiments.

Retail gentrification: The emergence of new retail landscapes is one of the recurrent ingredients of gentrification processes – think of trendy cafés, fashion or design boutiques, organic food markets, etc. However, this aspect of neighbourhood change has been chronically under-researched in gentrification literature, although new investment in retail activities can play a crucial role in accelerating gentrification processes or supporting gentrification policies. Researches should be developed here around specific retail types and/or selected neighbourhoods in order to understand the social production of those new retail landscapes in different urban contexts, as well as their consequences for pre-existing retail structures and incumbent populations.

Contact

Department of Human Geography
Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB)
Av. F.D. Roosevelt, 50 – CP130/03
1050 Brussels, Belgium

Tel: +32-2-6506825

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Gilles Van Hamme

Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) / Professor of Economic Geography

Courses

Geographies of a Globalizing Europe

Research interests

Keywords: spatial planning, economic geography, social geography (sociology), political geography

Research interests include two main fields:

  1. the unequal impact of globalization on regional growth in Europe, including critical views on metropolitanization processes, from an economic and social perspective
  2. electoral geography in Europe and North Africa, focusing on the complex interrelations between socio-economic structures and electoral behavior
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