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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Centre for Planning and Management (CEPLAG, Bolivia)

The Centro de Planificación y Gestión started up in 1999 as a cooperation between KULeuven University (Belgium), VLIR (Flanders-Belgium) and the UMSS university in Cochabamba (Bolivia).

The two involved faculties (Economy and Architecture) joined forces within the UMSS university to develop a multi-disciplinary research institute. Today, the CEPLAG is a renowned institution, active in various social, economic and spatial research projects. Take a look at how they are doing by visiting their Facebook page.

Together with a local crew and a local director, Joris Scheers started this institute from scratch, was part of the first ‘comité directorio’ and conducted several local research projects (1999-2002). He also set up a working paper publication line and published the first number called ‘Subsidiarity and spatial planning: An evaluation concept for Bolivia.’, CEPLAG working paper 1, UMSS, Cochabamba, 2001, 24 p.


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