Research Unit

Urban Academy

Research disciplines
  • Natural sciences
    • Conservation and biodiversity
    • Environmental education and extension
  • Social sciences
    • Economic development
    • Urban sociology and community studies
    • Environment policy
    • Public administration
    • Research, science and technology policy
    • Urban and housing policy
    • Social movements and collective action
    • Social work not elsewhere classified
    • Political inequality
    • Local and urban politics
    • Geography of mobility and transportation
    • Human geography not elsewhere classified
  • Medical and health sciences
    • Intensive care and emergency medicine not elsewhere classified
    • Public health care not elsewhere classified
  • Engineering and technology
    • Energy in buildings and built environments
    • Environmental and sustainable planning
    • Urban and regional design
    • Urban and regional development
    • Urban and regional planning policy, instruments and legislation
    • Urban and regional design, development and planning not elsewhere classified
    • Water resources management
  • Agricultural and food sciences
    • Sustainable agriculture
The Urban Academy focuses on socio-ecological problems in the city of Ghent and at Ghent University. Academic staff, students, policy makers, civil society actors, etc. work in inter- and transdisciplinary research processes on problem definitions andpossible solutions, (living lab) experiments and upscaling initiatives, (policy) reports and scientific articles. Our theoretical and analytical framework integrates socio-spatial, political-governance, socio-technical and economic perspectives.