Academic Career

Since 2008, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium
2002-2007 Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
  • Chair in European Planning and Development, Department of Planning
  • Coordinator of Postgraduate Certificate in European Spatial Planning
  • Coordinator of Departmental ERASMUS exchanges
  • Leverhulme Foundation Fellow (October 2006 – September 2007)
  • Visiting Fellow at CRISES, Montreal, Canada (Winter 2006)
1987-2002 University of Science and Technology, Lille, France
  • Associate Professor in Economics (1987 – 1994)
  • Prime d'encadrement et de recherche (1990-2002)
  • Organizer of the ERASMUS intensive programmes “Lille-Roubaix-Tourcoing: A Metropolitan Region in the Central Periphery of the European Community“ (1992, 1993) (Erasmus ICP-92-B-1064/02)
  • Faculty coordinator for the ERASMUS networks: ICP B-1064 "Spatial Development" and ICP-UK-3096/14 “Social-scientific Study of Technical Change and Innovation in a European Context”
  • Teaching for the TEMPUS programme. University of Economics , Budapest (February 1993)
  • Scientific coordinator of the international conference "Cities, Enterprises and Society on the Eve of the 21st Century" (Lille, France 16-18 March 1994; 400 participants)
  • Habilitation à diriger les recherches (since January 1994)
  • Sabbatical leave (first semester of 1994-95)
  • Professor of Economics, Faculty of Economics and Sociology, Université de Lille I (1994-2002)
  • Faculty co-ordinator of the ERASMUS/SOCRATES programme (involving 55 European partner universities) (1996–2000)
  • Head International Ph.D. programme in Regional Development Planning (1996-2002).
  • Vice-dean for international relations (1998-2000)
  • Head of the Bachelor's Programme in Industrial Economics (2000-2002)
  • Head of the Master's Programme in Industrial and Labour Economics, and Regional Development Planning (2000-2002)
  • Sabbatical leave (2001-2002)
  • Curator Brugge Culturele Hoofdstad Europa – Cultural Capital of Europe 2002. Section “Poverty, Culture and Urban Renaissance.” (February-April 2002)
  • Coordinator of European Module in Spatial Development Planning (EMSDP) (1998-2002)
  • Three Marie Curie fellowships (1996, 1998, 2002)
1984-1987 Johns Hopkins ' University Center for Urban and Regional Development, Lille, France
  • Associate Director of the “Centre Européen Johns Hopkins”, Université de Lille I, France (with Prof. Jack Dyckman as Director)
1983-1987 Limburgse Economische Hogeschool, Diepenbeek, Belgium
  • Associate Professor: 1983-84 full-time (1984-87 part-time)
1975-1977 University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA
  • Research and Teaching Assistant, Peace Science Department
1974-1983 Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium
  • Research and teaching assistant in regional economics, Centrum voor Economische Studiën (1974-75; 1977-80; 1982-83)