Tatiana Debroux

Postdoctoral coordinator and lecturer in Urban Studies

Senior researchers Cosmopolis Centre for Urban Research Culture & Leisure
  • Current position Postdoctoral coordinator and lecturer in Urban Studies
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After defending her PhD in geography on ‘Artists in the city. A retrospective geography of visual artists in Brussels (1833-2008)’ (ULB, December 2012), Tatiana was for 3 years coordinator of an interdisciplinary project on culture, mobility and metropolitan identity (micmarc.ulb.ac.be). After this coordinating experience, she received a one-year grant from the City of Paris to develop a postdoctoral research at Ecole normale supérieure in Paris (UMR IHMC). Since 2017, Tatiana has been working as a postdoctoral fellow at the Vrije Universiteit Brussels (Cosmopolis, Department of Geography) as well as a researcher at Université libre de Bruxelles (IGEAT, Department of Geography).

Tatiana's current research includes work on spatial dimensions of artistic activities (e.g. artists' studios and art galleries, arts districts), historical and contemporary urban dynamics (e.g. gentrification processes), narrative cartography (fictional literature as a source for geographers), and historical mapping (geolocation).

Current teaching

Master thesis seminar of the Master in Urban Studies, VUB-ULB.

Géographie culturelle, ULB, Master level.

Key publications

Debroux, T. (forthcoming, 2017) The visible part. Of art galleries, artistic activity and urban dynamics. Accepted in the journal Articulo.

Brogniez, L., Debroux, T., & le Maire de Romsée, J. (forthcoming, 2017). The rise of a small cultural capital: Brussels at the end of the 19th century. In R. Hibbitt (Ed.), Other Capitals of the Nineteenth Century. London/New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Debroux, T. (2017). Artists as pioneers or tools for urban redevelopment? Inside the ‘village of artists’ of Saint-Gilles, Brussels. In M. Murzyn-Kupisz, & J. Dzialek (Eds.) The impact of artists on cultural urban development in Europe, Springer Publishing, p. 47-66.

Debroux, T., Vanhaelen, Y., le Maire, J. (eds.) (2017). L’entrée en ville. Aménager, expérimenter, représenter. Bruxelles : Presses de l’Université de Bruxelles.

Aron, P., Brogniez, L., Debroux, T., Decroly, J.-M., & Loir, C. (2017) A la recherche des chronotopes du roman urbain. Une cartographie des Mystères de Bruxelles (1845-46). Mappemonde, (121). (URL: http://mappemonde.mgm.fr/121_as4/)

Educational background

October 2007-2012: PhD degree in Geography, Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB), F.R.S.-FNRS fellow. PhD thesis title, defended on the 10th December 2012: Des artistes en ville. Géographie rétrospective des plasticiens à Bruxelles (1833-2008) (Artists in the city. Retrospective geography of visual artists in Brussels (1833-2008)).

2006-2007: Master of Advanced Studies degree in Geography, ULB.

2002-2006: Master degree in Geography, ULB. Major in Human Geography.

Previous positions/employment

February 2017 - present: Research position at IGEAT, ULB (Brussels). CoCreate funding from Innoviris (Brussels Capital Region): project ‘Resilient Retail for Brussels’.

January 2016 – December 2016: Post-doctoral position at the Institut d’Histoire Moderne et Contemporaine, at the Ecole normale supérieure de Paris (fellowship Research in Paris, from the city of Paris). Research thematic: ‘Consuming art, producing space. The Parisian art market and its places (1955-2015)’.

November 2012 – December 2015: Post-doctoral position as coordinator of MICM-arc research project at ULB (Brussels) – micmarc.ulb.ac.be