With general questions and concerns regarding the cities and newcomers program, you can contact Nick Schuermans.

Nick Schuermans
Academic coordinator
Department of Geography
Vrije Universiteit Brussel

With specific questions, you better get in touch with the historians, geographers, sociologists and criminologists involved in the program:

The research activities of the Historical Research into Urban Transformation Processes (HOST) research team focus on the role of cities as catalysts for processes of economic innovation, social exclusion/integration, and political-institutional change, with a particular focus on the early modern period and long nineteenth century. In addition to a longstanding expertise in research on neighborhood relations, the interactions between migration and urban change have, in recent years, become one of the main foci of research within HOST.  Prof. Dr. Anne Winter is the director of HOST.

The Cosmopolis Centre for Urban Research is a research centre within the Department of Geography. It is dedicated to research and teaching in geography, spatial planning and urban design. Most of its 45 members are committed to pursuing both academic and practice relevant research. Research on migration has expanded substantially over the last years. Cosmopolis brings to the IRP project expertise on migration and urban change, in particular the role of the local state and urban governance and its relation to civic networks and associations. Prof. Dr. Bas van Heur is the current director of Cosmopolis. Prof. Dr. Eric Corijn is the founder of Cosmopolis.

The Research Group Crime and Society (CRiS) consists of more than 40 researchers of the criminology department at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. CRiS builds on more than 30 years of research expertise in critical analysis of the social phenomena of crime and deviance and of the formal and informal reactions to these phenomena. One of the main research areas of the group is ‘crime and the city’. Crime & the City is an interdisciplinary group coordinated by Prof. Dr. Els Enhus and Prof. Dr. Lucas Melgaço that focuses on the encounters between criminology and urban studies.

Interface Demography (DEMO) is the research group on population issues at Vrije Universiteit Brussel. It is one of two research groups in the Department of Sociology. The group creates unique databases for high-level sociological and demographic research, besides academic research work on four broad research lines: fertility and households, health and mortality, urbanisation and migration. Contact: Prof. Dr. Patrick Deboosere and Prof. Dr. Pieter-Paul Verhaeghe