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Frank Moulaert is Professor of Spatial Planning at the Department of Architecture, Urban Design and Regional Planning at Catholic University of Leuven. He is Director of the Urban and Regional Planning Research Group and chairs the Leuven Space and Society Research Centre at the University. He is also a Visiting Professor at the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape, Newcastle University.
He is married to Greet Debucquoy and has three children Pieter, Stijn, and Elke. When he is not travelling, he settles in his house in the small West Flanders' town of Kortrijk.
From time to time, between 1974 until 1983, Moulaert was engaged as Research and teaching assistant in regional economics, Centrum voor Economische Studi'n at Katholieke Universiteit Leuven. In between, he also worked as Research and teaching assistant for Regional Science Department at University of Pennsylvania, and Peace Science Department. He was Associate Professor at Limburgse Economische Hogeschool, Diepenbeek.
Coordinator of Postgraduate Certificate in European Spatial Development Planning;
Coordinator of Departmental ERASMUS exchanges;
Since 2007, he has been working at the Faculty of Engineering, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in Belgium. He chairs the Leuven Space and Society Research Centre and is head of the Research Group on Urban and Regional Planning at the Department of Architecture, Urban Design and Regional Planning. He also coordinates the European Spatial Development Planning network.
European social science research
Moulaert is an active figure in European Research Networking in social sciences. He is credited for having conducted 15% of all research projects in Social-science and Humanities for three European CommissionFramework Projects (FP4, FP5, and FP6) combined. Among the many successful social science projects coordinated and steered by Moulaert, some include:
Urban regeneration and social Polarisation in the City - URSPIC (1997-1999).
Valorising Linkages between Private Consulting and Public Research and the Role of Universities - VALICORES (2001-2004)
Social Innovation, Governance and Community Building - SINGOCOM (2001-2004)
Development Models and Logics for Socioeconomic Organization in Space, an FP6STReP with a consortium of 9 international institutions, DEMOLOGOS, (2004-07).
Growing Inequality and Social Innovation: Alternative Knowledge and Practice in Overcoming Social Exclusion in Europe. A Coordination Action under European Commission Framework-6 (FP6), KATARSIS (2006-09).
Leverhulme Trust Fellowship 2006-07 in Social Innovation strategy for scientific research and human development.
Social Platform on Cities and Social Cohesion in the area of urban development and cohesion, under FP7, SOCIALPOLIS (2008-2010).
Moulaert, F. and Vicari, S. (in Italian), Rigenerare la Città. Pratiche di innovazione sociale nelle città europee, Il Mulino, 2009.
Moulaert, F., Swyngedouw, E., Martinelli, F. and S. Gonzalez, Can Neighbourhoods Save the City?: Community Development and Social Innovation, Routledge, 2010, ISBN978-0-415-48588-3
Oosterlynck, S., van den Broek, J., Albrechts, L., Moulaert, F. and A. Verhetsel, Bridging the Gap between Planning and Implementation: Turning Transformative Visions into Strategic Projects, Routledge. 2010, ISBN978-0-415-56684-1
(with Flavia Martinelli and Erik Swyngedouw) Social innovation and Governance in European Cities: between path dependency and radical innovation. Special issue of European Urban and Research Studies, 2006.
(with Abdel Hamdouch and Jacques Nussbaumer) Valorizing Linkages between Research Institutes in Europe. Special issue of The European Journal of Social Science Research, 2006.
(with Serena Vicari) Ri-Generare la Citta. Pratiche di innovazione sociale nelle citta europee. Milano: Il Mulino. 2006. (in Italian)
(with Jacques Nussbaumer) La logique sociale du developpement territorial. Projet soumis aux Presses de l'Universite du Quebec. 2006. (in French)
Articles in refereed journals
Institutional Economics and Planning Theory: A Partnership between Ostriches? Planning Theory, 4(1): 21-32, 2005. see the abstract/article
(with Farid Sekia) Territorial Innovation Models: a Critical Survey. Regional Studies, 37(3):289-302, 2003. see the abstract/article
(with Jean Hillier and Jacques Nussbaumer) Three essays on the nature of social innovation in territorial development, Geographie, Economie, Societes, 6(2): 129-152, 2004. (in French). see the abstract/article
(with Jacques Nussbaumer) The Social region. Beyond the learning economy. European Urban and Regional Studies, 12(1): 45-64, 2005. see the abstract/article
(with Oana Ailenei) Social economy, Third Sector and Solidarity Relations: A Conceptual Synthesis from History to Present. Urban Studies, 42(11): 2037-2053, 2005. see the abstract/article
(with Jacques Nussbaumer) Defining the Social Economy and its Governance at the Neighbourhood Level: a Methodological Reflection. Urban Studies, 42 (11): 2071-2088, 2005. see the abstract/article
(with Flavia Martinelli, Erik Swyngedouw and Sara Gonzalez) Towards Alternative Model(s) of Local Innovation. Urban Studies, 42 (11): 1969-1990, 2005. see the abstract/article
(with Kathy Cabaret), Planning, Networks and Power Relations: is Democratic Planning Under Capitalism Possible? Planning Theory, 5(1), 51-70, 2006. see the abstract/article
Chapters in books
(with J. Nussbaumer), « Die Ökonomie der europäischen Großstadt », The economy of the large European city. The social nature of articulated productivity, in Siebel W. (ed.) Die Europaïsche Stadt. Berlin, Suhrkamp (in German), 2003.
(with J. Nussbaumer), Regional Production and Reproduction : The social region, in S. Kesting, (ed.) Tagungsband der 10. Iiso-Fachtagung, Série « Institutionelle und Sozial-Ökonomie », Peter Lang Verlag, 2005
(with J. Nussbaumer) Beyond the learning region: the dialectics of innovation and culture in territorial development" in: R. Kloosterman and R. Boschma eds. Learning from Clusters. A Critical Assessment from an Economic-Geographical Perspective. Dordrecht, Springer, 2005.