Dissecting the urban complexity of Brussels through the prism of scientific research, with which scientific researchers anticipate the future of the region on the one hand and provide sound recommendations to the political decision-makers of the Brussels-Capital Region on the other.
This is the objective of the "Prospective Research" programme, through which Innoviris finances projects in the humanities, exact and applied sciences. The projects work towards the social, environmental and economic transition of the Region.
From the abstract to the concrete
The research projects presented to the Brussels Parliament covered a wide range of topics under three main research themes this year: societal participation and citizenship, health and the environment and the circular economy. Researchers from different universities, centres and disciplines collaborated by presenting the results and recommendations of their research on the link between health and green space, young NEETs (neither in employment, nor in education, nor in training), and the practices, identities and beliefs of young Muslims in Brussels, consumption and development models of the circular economy and functionality, air pollution in residential ventilation systems, citizenship education and learning about democratic debate, or Brussels as an intelligent city and safeguarding citizen participation.
The fascinating results of these research projects result in 10 Policy Briefs, with recommendations for policy makers to support the development of a policy vision for the coming years.
Each year, the researchers involved present their recommendations to the Brussels Parliament. A unique opportunity to boost the dialogue between scientific research and our society, and to allow applied scientific research to feed into the political and civic debate.
A detailed list of projects with their researchers can be found below.
10 Policy Briefs
Green&Quiet. What is the state of green (in)justice in Brussels? Lucia Rodriguez Loureiro and Charlotte Noël (VUB)
Empower Youth. How can policies improve the social integration of hard-to-reach NEET youth? Alejandra ALARCON-HENRIQUEZ (ULB) Géraldine ANDRÉ (UCLouvain) Andrew CROSBY (VUB)
How do young Muslims in Brussels construct their identity and religious practices in a society where debates on the place of Islam are increasingly polarized? Corinne Torrekens (ULB), Nawal Bensaïd (ULB), Dimokritos Kavadias (VUB)
How to guide a Brussels citizen to become a circular consumer? Marine Spor (ULB & UCL)
To what extent are economic activities 'circular practices', and how are these practices spatially embedded in the Brussels economy and society? David Bassens (VUB)
Under what conditions is policy-oriented citizenship education an effective approach to promote young people's political attitudes and reduce inequalities in political socialisation? Bernard Delvaux (UCLouvain) Emilie van Haute (ULB) Didier Caluwaerts (VUB)
How to reduce the influence of polluted outdoor air in residential mechanical ventilation? Dr Ing Joris Van Herreweghe (Buildwise)
How to support the development of a sustainable functionality economy in the Brussels-Capital Region? Géraldine Thiry (ICHEC), Kevin Maréchal (ULiège-Gembloux), Coline Ruwet (ICHEC), Philippe Roman (ICHEC), Philippe Roman, Coralie Muylaert, François Lohest, Roxane De Hoe, Fanny Dethier
How to strengthen the "Civic Smart City" in Brussels? Thomas Laureyssens & Greg Nijs (Urban Species, LUCA School of Arts & ULB)
How can we 'save' civic participation? Democratisation and pluralisation of public policies through an ethnographic and experimental approach? Rafaella Hoelstan-Hasaerts (ULB), Giulietta Laki (ULB), Guillaume Slizewics (LUCA School of Arts)