Kobe Boussauw

Professor of Spatial Planning and Mobility

Professors Cosmopolis Centre for Urban Research Mobility & Transport Planning & Development
  • Current position Professor of Spatial Planning and Mobility
  • Contact Vrije Universiteit Brussel
    Faculty of Sciences and Bio-Engineering Sciences
    Department of Geography
    Pleinlaan 2
    Building F - Room 4.55
    BE-1050 Brussels
  • Phone +32 (0)2 629 35 11
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  • Website www.cosmopolis.be

Kobe Boussauw teaches in the MSc in Urban Design and Spatial Planning (STeR*) at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. His research deals with the reciprocal relationships between mobility, planning, and the built environment, both in an analytical and in a policy oriented sense. Within the first track, the way in which various aspects of spatial structure interact with each other is assessed, whereas in the second track the focus is on decision-making processes that impact on such spatial functioning. Kobe's concern is mainly with the relationship between proximity as a spatial quality, urban livability, and sustainability.

Current teaching

Ruimtelijke Planning 2 (MSc STeR*)

Sociologie en Planning (MSc STeR*)

Participatie en Diversiteit (MSc STeR*)

Educational background

2007-2011: PhD Geography, Ghent University

2001-2002: MSc Spatial Planning (GAS-RP), Ghent University

1996-2001: MSc Civil Engineer-Architect, Ghent University

Previous positions/employment

2012-2014: Research assistant spatial planning (60 %) and research associate (10 %), Center for Mobility and Spatial Planning (AMRP) in combination with research associate (30 %), Department of Geography (30 % ), Ghent University

2011-2012: Part-time assistant professor (10 %), Department of Geography, Ghent University

2011-2012: Spatial planner, Department of Spatial Planning (RWO), Flemish Government, Brussels

2007-2011: PhD researcher, Department of Geography, Ghent University

2006-2007: Municipal spatial planning advisor, UN-Habitat, Kosovo

2003-2006: Spatial planner, Department of Spatial Planning (AROHM), Flemish Government, Brussels

2001-2003: Mobility consultant, Studiebureau Iris Consulting, Brussels

Key publications

Boussauw, K., & Boelens, L. (2015). Fuzzy tales for hard blueprints: The selective coproduction of the Spatial Policy Plan for Flanders (Belgium), Environment and Planning C Advance Online Publication.

Ronse, W., Boussauw, K., & Lauwers, D. (2015) Shopping centre siting and modal choice in Belgium: A destination based analysis, European Planning Studies 23(11): 2275-2291.

Boussauw, K., Allaert, G., & Witlox, F. (2013) Colouring inside what lines? Interference of the urban growth boundary and the political-administrative border of Brussels. European Planning Studies 21: 1509–1527.

Boussauw, K., Neutens, T., & Witlox, F. (2012) Relationship between spatial proximity and travel-to-work distance: The effect of the compact city, Regional Studies 46: 687–706.

Boussauw, K., & Witlox, F. (2011) Linking expected mobility production to sustainable residential location planning: Some evidence from Flanders, Journal of Transport Geography 19: 936–942.