From 2018/19 onwards, the Brussels Graduate School for Urban Research aims to offer dedicated skills training for PhDs and others involved in urban research, ranging from writing seminars and methodology workshops to research outreach and networking activities.

DSH – Masterclass: Action research as empowering method in urban research 

In this master class, participants will explore the theoretical and practical basis of conducting action research with vulnerable populations in underprivileged urban areas. The masterclassis led by the BCUS research fellow, Haifa Tlili, (Ph.D. in Sociology at Paris Descartes-Sorbonne University). Tlili is research associate at Simone de Beauvoir Institute at Concordia University (Montreal) and postdoctoral researcher at UFOLEP in 2013-14 (Union Française des Oeuvres Laïques d'Education Physique). She has used the method of action research to investigate the experiences, attitudes and views of girls in French underprivileged neighborhoods. 

Name(s) of the VUB organizer(s)

Sophie Withaeckx (RHEA):

Rein Haudenhuyse (Sport & Society):

Parastou Saberi (Brussels Graduate School for Urban Research):


Academic field(s) in which the activity is situated

Urban studies – gender & diversity studies – sport & society –  sociology – anthropology – ethnography – qualitative research

Credits: 1

For more information, including the programme and registration rules, see the event page on the Doctoral School website. For registration see here

Writing (on) the Urban Question

May 7-9th, 2018

Writing (on) the Urban Question is the first workshop of its kind in Brussels organized by the VUB Graduate School for Urban Research. It is an exciting and unique multidisciplinary writing workshop, specifically tailored for doctoral students and early-career academics working on urban issues. The workshop is led by the renowned creative writer, literature consultant, and urban activist,  Sarah Butler, based in Manchester, the UK.

Writing (on) the Urban Question is an interdisciplinary and interuniversity event that will bring promising junior researchers from across Belgium and Europe together at VUB. For our first year, we have fourteen doctoral students (in the final stages of their study) and early-career academics participating in the workshop. These participants were selected from among a pool of 30 very qualified applicants from across Europe.  While all participants work on urban issues, they come from a variety of disciplines, including, human geography, urban studies, sociology, spatial planning, and politics.

The programme of the workshop consists of two days of indoor writing exercises and discussion, as well as one day out and about in Brussels, using the city as a rich context to practice a different form of writing.  The theme of the first day (May 7th) is Writing and Place and that of the second day (May 8th) is Writing Processes and Techniques. The theme of the workshop’s final day (May 9th) is Writing and the City. A detailed programme of the workshop will be available in the second half of April.

Writing (on) the Urban Question is free for all participants. It is sponsored by the Brussels Centre for Urban Studies and the VUB Doctoral School (NSE).

For more information, please contact Parastou Saberi

2018 Participants 

Nele Aernouts, VUB-Cosmopolis
Line Algoed, VUB-Cosmopolis
Clemens de Olde, University of Antwerp
Laura Deruytter, VUB-Cosmopolis
Michael Gameli Dziwornu, University of Milan-Bicocca
Anastasiya Halauniova, University of Amsterdam
Jamie Jover, Universidad de Sevilla
Griet Juwet, VUB-Cosmopolis
Konstantin Kastrissianakis, Queens University Belfast
Jingjing Li, KU Leuven
Alessandra Manganelli, VUB-Cosmopolis
Valentin Meilinger, Utrecht University
Maria Persdotter, Malmö University/Roskilde University
Ruth Wauters, VUB-Cosmopolis