Joris M.J. Scheers

Spatial Planner and Sociologist (PhD, MSc) // Visiting Professor at KU Leuven // Vice-president ECTP-CEU // Project Manager Flanders Government

Joris is professionally active in the field of urban development, spatial planning, architecture & heritage and public governance. For the last three decades he has been working as...
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Joris M.J. Scheers

Joris is professionally active in the field of urban development, spatial planning, architecture & heritage and public governance. For the last three decades he has been working as academic, consultant and civil servant. He promoted on the theme of exponentially growing cities in Latin America at the KU Leuven University (Belgium), where he is currently visiting professor. As the former deputy Government Architect and Manager Creative and sustainable cities, he is involved in various urban and regional policy issues within the Flanders Government of Belgium.

Over the past decades, he performed as an international consultant for spatial policy projects and programs in cities and countries in Latin-America, Africa and Asia. He has been UN-Habitat expert for the elaboration of International Guidelines on Urban and Territorial Planning (2012-2014) and is currently President of the European Council of Spatial Planners (ECTP-CEU).

Joris is past president of the Association for Spatial Planning in Flanders (VRP), has written on a range of strategic planning issues and chaired numerous jury’s in the field of spatial planning and architecture.
Joris is recognized for exploring strategic approaches within the public governance field, including the cross level integration of local, regional, national and international agendas. He combines conceptual thinking with a pragmatic - project driven - problem solving attitude, keeping close touch with planning practice as the chair of the Municipal Spatial Planning Advisory Board of the city of Leuven.

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Archeological management policy in Flanders

On January 1st 2004, the Flanders government administration started with a global archeological management policy service. To that date, a pure scientific approach based on a traditional research and excavation sequence was common practice. Following the 1992 Malta Convention, a more integrated approach was set in place. In particular, the focus was oriented to the conservation of archaeological heritage in the face of development projects, taking into account development and policy plans from different public authorities like spatial planning, public works and economic development etc.

When a site is threatened by building development, time is more of a factor. Normally the excavation is funded by the developer and provides a comprehensive record of the areas investigated. Thanks to a professional approach, the traditional critique of losing too much valuable information is no longer valid.

Joris Scheers was responsible director of the Heritage administration between 2003 and 2007 and promoter of this new archeological management policy.

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