I’ve been invited to lecture and present my research across Europe. The following list gives an indication of the topics discussed.


Invited advisory board member for PLOT (Pilots for transforming the transport sector through energy efficient buildings) Research Project, Lunds University, Malmo University, Blekinge Tekniska Hogskola, Sweden — 2020-2021.


Invited Keynote Talk • Quiet revolution: New state-market-citizen relations and changing role of urban planning, Israel Planners Association Conference, Sderot, Israel — 5 March 2020.

Invited Keynote Talk • Rethinking the Role of Urban Planning in New State Market-Citizen Relations at the 5th Dortmund Conference on Rethinking Spaces – Planning in a Changing World, Dortmund, Germany — 17 February 2020


Invited panel member • Karlskrona UNESCO world heritage day, Karlskrona, Sweden — July 2018.


Invited Expert • NWO (Dutch Scientific Council) Research Talent Commission, The Hague, The Netherlands — 2016-2017.

Invited keynote speaker • Utilising urban diversity in a changing policy context through local policy initiatives, European Week of Cities & Regions, Regional Studies Association Session on Regional and urban leadership in an era of globalisation and de-globalisation, Brussels, Belgium — October 2017.

Invited keynote lecture • New approaches in urban planning: Understanding urban hyper-diversity, International PhD School on Decolonizing Urbanism: Transformative Perspectives, University of Trier, Germany — June 2017.

Opening speech • DIVERCITIES Final Conference: Governing Urban Diversity, Rotterdam, the Netherlands — February 2017.

Invited Scientific Expert • Israel Science Foundation (ISF) — 2014-2017.


Invited keynote lecture • Governing and Planning Urban Diversity. ARL International Summer School, Unpacking Spatial Planning as the Governance of Place. Stockholm, Sweden — September 2016.

Invited keynote speaker • NCRP Public Forum ‘Toronto’s Hyper-diversity: Opportunity or Challenge: How do we build cities where we aren’t just living in the same space, but living together?’. Ignatieff Theatre, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada — May 2016.

Invited keynote speaker • KU Leuven Friction Spaces Talks, ‘Political nature of diversity planning in the neoliberal era in Toronto’. Leuven, Belgium — May 2016

Invited keynote speaker • Planning for diversity: Urban planning as a tool to deal with complexifying urban diversity. Social Planning Department of Municipality of Antwerp, Belgium — April 2016.


Invited keynote speaker • Nordregio Forum 2015: Nordic City Regions in a Global Environment, ‘How can Nordic cities profit from diversity of their population?A hyper-diversity perspective, Helsingor, Sweden — November 2015.

Invited speaker • De Staat van de Stad: Living with Diversity in Urban Neighbourhoods, ‘Living with Diversity in Toronto: Learning from Jane Finch Residents’. Pakhuis de Zwijger, Amsterdam — November 2015.

Invited speaker • European Commission, Workshop on Migration, ‘Creating social cohesion, social mobility and economic performance in today’s hyper-diversified cities’. Brussels, Belgium — September 2015.

Invited Scientific Commission Member • NWO (Dutch Scientific Council), Trans Atlantic Platform Commission, Ottawa, Canada — May 2015.


Invited keynote speaker • WG2 COST Action End Conference, Milano, ‘Governing diversity in Toronto: Power of community-based planning & policy making’. Polytechnic University of Milan, Milan, Italy — November 2014.

Invited keynote speaker • Onassis Foundation Cultural Centre: Urban Regeneration without Losers? ‘Urban redevelopment for the public interest? Onassis Foundation, Athens — May 2014.

Invited Scientific Evaluator • University of Copenhagen, Department of Human Geography — March 2014

Invited Scientific Commission Member • NWO (Dutch Scientific Council). Joint commission with FAPESP (Brazilian Scientific Council) and ESRC (British Scientific Council) for Sustainable Urban Development, Sao Paulo, Brazil — February 2014.

Invited keynote speaker • ReNewTown Final Conference, ‘From post-socialism towards post-neoliberalism? Challenges and contradictions of planning and governance in new neoliberal cities’, Ljubljana, Slovenia — February 2014.


PhD Selection Committee • University of Utrecht, Faculty of Geosciences, Utrecht, The Netherlands.

Invited speaker • Kenniscafe Turkije (LeescafeLive), a live TV show organised by Zeeuwse Library, Middelburg — September 2013.

Local Scientific Committee Member, AESOP Congress 2014 Utrecht-Delft.


Invited Expert • Belgian representation to European Commission for Multi-Level Governance Strategy, Ministry of Big Cities Policy, POD, Belgium — 2010-2011.

Invited Scientific Committee Member • Joint Programming Initiative (JPI)-Urban Europe, NWO, Amsterdam, The Netherlands — February 2011.

Invited Expert • Belgian representation to European Commission) for Multi-Level Governance Strategy, (Ministry of Big Cities Policy, POD) Belgium — 2010-2011.

Invited Scientific Committee • Member of Joint Programming Initiative (JPI)-Urban Europe, NWO, Amsterdam, the Netherlands — February 2011.


Invited keynote moderator • Multi-level Urban Governance Conference organised by Grotestedenbeleid, POD, EU Trio, Liege, Belgium — December 2010.

Invited speaker • Territorial Governance in Europe:  Convergence, Divergence or Constancy? Expert Workshop (organised by Dominic Stead) at Hamburg University, Hamburg, Germany — June 2010.


Invited Member • COST Action A26 (Cities between cohesion and competitiveness), Member of Belgian representation — 2007-2009.


Invited keynote speaker • Izmir City Congress (organised by the Association of Architects and Urban Planners) — May 2007.


Invited guest speaker • University of Groningen, Department of Geography, Groningen, The Netherlands — December 2006.

Invited guest speaker • PRATT Institute workshop, New York, USA — October 2006.