Research

Frank Moulaert’s contemporary research activities are focused on spatial quality and social innovation, social innovation in territorial development and transdisciplinary research. He is also working on the relationships between democratic governance and sustainability of socioecological systems. Existent democratic governance systems show many imperfections. The reasons for these need to be examined at the light of the strategies and claims of contemporary political movements.

Research Groups

Planning & Development Unit

The research unit Planning and Development is a long standing multidisciplinary research group in the Department of Architecture, Urbanism and Planning at KU Leuven. It carries out policy-oriented and fundamental research in the field of planning theory and methodology and local and regional development. The unit is specialised in the strategic and institutional aspects of planning, creativity in/and planning, social innovation in territorial development, issues of diversity, with a long track record of research into new methodologies and concepts for action and implementation oriented planning processes and wide experience in the participation in spatial policy development (notably the Flanders Spatial Structure Plan, Benelux Plan, the ROM project in Ghent and provincial and local spatial plans). The unit has broadened its research agenda to include user and stakeholder involvement in planning processes, as evident from the IWT-SBO programmes SP2SP (Spatial Planning to Strategic Projects) and SPINDUS. In 1992, the unit launched the journal European Planning Studies in conjunction with Cardiff University. This journal has grown to become a leading European planning journal.The unit has broadened its research agenda to include user and stakeholder involvement in planning processes, as evident from the IWT-SBO programmes SP2SP (Spatial Planning to Strategic Projects), SPINDUS and INDIGO.