Luce Beeckmans

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Luce Beeckmans is parttime Assistant Professor in Architecture and Urbanism related to Migration and Diversity and a senior post-doctoral research fellow funded by the Flanders Research Foundation (FWO). As FWO-postdoc she is affiliated to Ghent University (Department of Architecture and Urban Planning, head institution), KU Leuven University (Interculturalism, Migration and Minorities Research Centre) and Antwerp University (Urban Studies Centre) in Belgium.

In her postdoctoral research, she works on the intersection of migration, city and architecture. More in particular, she explores the materialities of trans-national migration (in particular from sub-Saharan Africa) and the spatial dimensions and implications of living in diversity. In her research, she applies an interdisciplinary perspective, combining methods and insights from architecture and urban planning, ethnography, human geography, post-colonial studies and urban studies. She also researches new ways of data visualisation and deep mapping. Her most important research topics are urban segregation and encounter; urban agency and citizenship; spatial appropriation and place-making; housing and diversity; and global religious spatiality. She has published widely and co-curated exhibitions on these topics.

Luce Beeckmans graduated as an engineer-architect at Ghent University in 2005 and then worked at the international office of Stéphane Beel Architects. In 2013, she obtained a PhD-degree from the University of Groningen (Groningen Research Institute for the Study of Culture, ICOG) with an award-winning dissertation in which she studied colonial and post-colonial urban development in sub-Saharan Africa. In 2015 she was granted a junior FWO postdoctoral fellowship entitled 'Mapping the Invisible City. Spatial Manifestations of sub-Saharan African Diaspora in the mid-size city in Europe (the case of Belgium)'. In 2019 she obtained a senior FWO postdoctoral fellowship with the project 'Urban Diversity beyond "Social Mix": alternative concepts and methods to design micropublic spaces of encounter in Flanders' midsized cities'. Currently, she is also coordinating an applied research for the Flemish Refugee Action (Vluchtelingenwerk Vlaanderen) entitled 'Housing for Refugee Inclusion'.

Luce Beeckmans is a member of the board of the Ghent Africa Platform (GAP), one of the promotors of the Centre for the Social Study of Migration and Refugees (CESSMIR) and one of the promotors of the Urban Academy (Stadsacademie).