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Luce Beeckmans is a post-doctoral research fellow funded by the Flanders Research Foundation (FWO) and affiliated to Ghent University (Department of Architecture and Urban Planning, head office), University of Leuven (Interculturalism, Migration and Minorities Research Centre) and Antwerp University (Urban Studies Centre) in Belgium. She has a keen interest in the circulation of spatial knowledge between Europe and Africa, both within the framework of colonisation and development cooperation and as a result of trans-national migration.
Luce Beeckmans graduated as a civil engineer-architect in 2005 at Ghent University (Belgium), Department of Architecture & Urban Planning. She then worked as an architect and urban planner at the office of Stéphane Beel Architects. From 2007 she was a research assistant at the Groningen Research Institute for the Study of Culture (ICOG), Faculty of Arts, Groningen University (the Netherlands), where she obtained a PhD in the Arts: History of Architecture and Urbanism. In her doctoral dissertation ‘Making the African City’ she studied the urban (planning) history in Africa from a comparative and interdisciplinary perspective. Her dissertation has been awarded the Jan van Gelder Prize for best art-historian publication of the year (2013). Luce Beeckmans has published articles in a broad range of journals (Planning in Progress, Urban History, The Journal of Architecture,…) and presented her research on several international conferences (SAH, EAUH, EAHN, ASA, …). Since 2013 she is a full-time post-doctoral researcher at the Department of Architecture & Urban Planning of Ghent University, where she coordinated the research group Labo S (Labo Stedenbouw) for two years. In 2016 she was granted a FWO post-doctoral fellowship in which she further develops her research track on spatial manifestations of African diaspora in European mid-sized cities. Luce Beeckmans is a member of the executive board of the Ghent Africa Platform (GAP) and one of the promotors of the Centre for the Social Study of Migration and Refugees (CESSMIR).