Wojciech Kębłowski

PhD Researcher

Junior researchers Cosmopolis Centre for Urban Research Mobility & Transport
  • Current position PhD Researcher
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    Faculty of Sciences and Bio-Engineering Sciences
    Department of Geography
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    BE-1050 Brussels
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Wojciech Kębłowski is a PhD researcher at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel and the Université Libre de Bruxelles. In his research, he critically investigates urban policies and practices that are allegedly alternative to urban neoliberalism. He is particularly interested in “alternatives” related to (a) urban transport and (b) citizen participation. 

His main research project is on the “Mobility of alternative transport policies: multi-site lessons for Brussels”, financed by Innoviris through the Prospective Research for Brussels programme, and jointly supervised by David Bassens (VUB, Cosmopolis) and Mathieu Van Criekingen (ULB, IGEAT).

The research focuses on the policy and practice of fare-free public transport, analysed in a variety of urban contexts including Aubagne (France), Brussels, Chengdu (China), Tallinn (Estonia), and Żory (Poland). This project investigates political-economic context in which fare-free programmes are implemented, the mechanisms of their circulation and promotion between particular localities, and their adaptability to Brussels.

Keywords: urban alternatives, critical urban geography, the right to the city, critical transport, fare-free public transport, citizen participation, participatory budgeting.

Educational background

2010–2012: MSc Urban Studies (4Cities), joint program of six universities: Autónoma Universidad de Madrid, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Københavns Universitet, Universität Wien, Université libre de Bruxelles and Vrije Universiteit Brussel

2005–2010, BA in English Studies (Literature and Linguistics), University of Wrocław, Poland

Previous positions/employment

Nov. 2013 – Jan. 2014: Research fellow, Gran Sasso Science Institute, Italy

Key publications

Kębłowski, W., Bassens, D. (2017) ’All Transport Problems are Essentially Mathematical:’ The Uneven Resonance of Academic Transport and Mobility Knowledge in Brussels, Urban Geography, in press, LINK

Kębłowski, W., Bassens, D. and Van Criekingen, M. (2016), Re-politicizing Transport with the Right to the City:An Attempt to Mobilise Critical Urban Transport Studies, Working paper, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Cosmopolis. (LINK)

Kębłowski, W., Bassens, D. and Van Criekingen, M. (2015), The Differential Performativity of Academic Knowledges in Urban Transport and Mobility Policy and Practice: A View from Brussels, Working paper, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Cosmopolis. (LINK)

Kębłowski, W., and Van Criekingen, M. (2014) How ‘alternative’ alternative urban policies really are? Looking at participatory budgeting through the lenses of the right to the city, Metropoles 15: 1–22. (LINK)

Kębłowski, W., and Van Criekingen, M. (2014) Participatory Budgeting Polish-style. What kind of policy practice has travelled to Sopot, Poland?, in: N. Dias (ed.) Hope for Democracy: 25 years of participatory budgeting in the world. Loco Association: 369–377. (LINK)

Kębłowski, W. (2014) Budżet partycypacyjny. Ewaluacja. Warsaw: Instytut Obywatelski. (LINK)

Kębłowski, W. (2013) Budżet partycypacyjny. Krótka instrukcja obsługi. Warsaw: Instytut Obywatelski. (LINK)