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Luce Beeckmans (°1983) graduated as a civil engineer-architect (option Urban Planning) at Ghent University (Belgium) in 2005. She then worked as an architect and urban planner at the distinguished office of Stéphane Beel Architects. From 2007 she was a research assistant at 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 Perspectives, Urban History, The Journal Of Architecture, …) and presented her interdisciplinary research on several international conferences (SAH, EAUH, EAHN, ECAS, …). Since 2013 she is a full-time post-doctoral researcher at the Department of Architecture & Urban Planning of Ghent University, where she also coordinates the research unit Labo S (Labo Stedenbouw). In June 2015 she was awarded an FWO post-doctoral fellowship which she will take up from 2016 (after her maternity leave) and in which she will further develop her recent research on spatial manifestations of African diaspora in the European city.