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 vice-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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Environmental education project Tuurbus. King Baldwin Foundation Brussels Belgium

Tuur in de natuur wants to introduce and encourage environmental education in an attractive way in primary schools. During a two weeks period, scholars are stimulated through a set of appropriate activities. Started up back in 1989, the Tuurbus project pioneered in environmental education in the Dutch speaking part of Belgium.

The visit of the Tuurbus is the highlight of this fortnight. The Tuurbus is a big truck, converted into an exploration and experience space for children. They see, hear, smell and feel nature, they can make phone calls with a frog, caress a sheep, crawl on a garbage dump, stab their nose into a flower etc.

Joris Scheers was the general manager of the entire project (1988-1990). During the same period, he was the secretary of the King Baldwin Environment Fund and Belgian representative of the European Blue Flag campaign.

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