Brussels Centre for Urban Studies / VUB

The Brussels Centre for Urban Studies (BCUS), one of the largest centres of its kind in Europe, brings together researchers from across the social sciences, humanities, and engineering. The Centre stimulates collaborative and engaged research projects, offers research and professional training, and supports educational programmes in urban studies. Through its engagement with the practice-based research project Permanent Brussels, BCUS is now developing a broader research project on mixed-use models that can tackle vacancy in cities and meet spatial needs of the broad cultural field.


The Brussels Centre for Urban Studies is looking for a researcher and community engagement coordinator.

The successful applicant will be playing a key role in research project support dealing with cultural infrastructure, mixed-use and vacancy, and working closely together with other researchers and project supervisors.

Responsibilities include:

  • setting up local and international expert panels;
  • liaising with policy makers, administrations and communities in Brussels;
  • supporting design studio’s and scenario development workshops;
  • leading on public (online and offline) dissemination of research results;
  • and overall research assistance and project support where needed.


Due to the nature of currently funded projects, we are specifically interested in receiving applications from candidates with strong graphic skills as well as a background and network in culture and the arts. Interest or experience in the redevelopment of vacant spaces and collective action is also very welcome. Being fluent in French and English is a requirement for this position, as we are part of international networks while also engaging stakeholders and communities in Brussels. Active knowledge of Dutch is a plus.


The position is for three years and part-time (40-80 %), but the exact percentage is negotiable and dependent on the skillset of the candidate.

Brussels Hoofdstedelijk Gewest