The platform for research on Brussels

The platform for research on Brussels

The platform for research on Brussels

The platform for research on Brussels

The platform for research on Brussels

Presentation of the BSI

Who we are

The Brussels Studies Institute (BSI) is a permanent academic structure, emanating from a cooperation agreement between the three Brussels universities: ULB, VUB & Saint Louis University. Created in July 2010, it received a start-up grant from the Government of the Brussels Capital Region in 2012. The BSI functions as a research platform enabling contact and coordination between academic research teams and researchers focusing on the study of Brussels, with particular attention to the social and human sciences. As such, it does not intend to replace existing or future structures. The BSI will develop a broad range of activities aiming at fostering and nurturing research, constituting progressively a flexible interuniversity and interdisciplinary network rendering services to researchers working on the topic “Brussels” and serving as interface with various actors of the Brussels society. As such, the BSI intends to intensify and coordinate academic research on Brussels as well as to disseminate knowledge on Brussels by engaging with political decision makers, civil society and citizens in an interactive way.

The BSI builds on the assumption that fundamental academic research is primordial in order to grasp the complexity of Brussels. Such knowledge is crucial as well in order to nurture debate about this world city today and in the future. At the same time, information on Brussels is booming, even to the extent that good and thorough overviews of certain issues are lacking. Furthermore, research in Brussels is often marked by a lack of different perspectives due to the absence of interdisciplinary research.

Hence, the mission underlying the activities of the BSI is fourfold

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Interuniversity cooperation: the BSI wants to overcome (internal) institutional boundaries thus connecting the academic community in Brussels. The complexity of Brussels necessitates an interdisciplinary approach. As such, the BSI brings together scholars from a wide variety of disciplines such as geography, sociology, mobility, political sciences, history, architecture, law school, linguistics, educational sciences, etc.
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Connecting researchers with a different linguistic background: by developing activities transcending the two traditional linguistic communities in Brussels on the one hand and engaging with the international academic community on the other hand. In order to do so, the BSI will launch instruments and tools in three languages: French, Dutch and English. Functioning as interface with actors of the Brussels society: creating collaborative instruments connecting the academic realm and the civil society, political actors, media and citizens.


The BSI thus wants to evolve into the interuniversity and interdisciplinary observatory of research on Brussels.

Click here to find all the research centers affiliated to the BSI.

How to become a BSI member ? More informations here (in French).


BSI Board







Co-opted members

  • Alain Deneef
  • Laurence Jenard
  • Gabriel Maissin



Research Coordinator

Administrative assistant

  • Monya Roqdi - mroqdi(at)

Communication managers

  • Emilie Vossen - emilie.vossen(at)
  • Stefan De Corte - sdecorte(at)

Brussels Academy

  • Eric Corijn - eacorijn(at)
  • Louise Deblieck - louise.brusselsacademy(at)
  • Jessica van de Ven -

Brussels Studies journal's commitee

  • Editor-in-Chief : Michel Hubert - michel.hubert(at)
  • Senior Editor : Benjamin Wayens - bwayens(at)
  • Senior Editor Assistant : Stefan De Corte - sdecorte(at)
  • Editorial Assistant : Emilie Vossen - emilie.vossen(at)

Researchers working on BSI projects




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