The SEG research group focuses on all social and economic activities and developments on the earth's surface.


The Social and Economic Geography research group (SEG) focusses on three clusters.

First of all, SEG analyses travel behaviour and city logistics.

Second, there is an emphasis on present-day evolutions in the Flemish urban system, urban policy, and the formation of a world city network.

Finally, SEG also investigates location decisions of private and public companies, the relationship between transport and production, and land use modelling.

Keywords: urban development — world city network — travel behaviour — transportation — transportation land development


At the Belgian Geography Days on the 13th and 14th of November in Liège, Liang Dai from the Social and Economic Geography (SEG) research group has won the Best Poster Award for her poster ‘Exploring the evolving structure of …

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The demand for business area in West-Flanders has been assessed in 2006 by P. Cabus and W. Vanhaverbeke. Nine years later the Province of West-Flanders decided to redo the exercise for the periods 2017-2022 and 2022-2027, as …

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Prof. dr. Ben Derudder
Tenured Academic Staff
Prof. dr. Frank Witlox
Tenured Academic Staff
Prof. dr. Veronique Van Acker
Visiting Professor
Dr. Hossein Azadi
Scientific Staff
Dr. Jonas De Vos
Scientific Staff
Dr. Tom Storme
Scientific Staff
Zhan Cao
PhD Student
Freke Caset
Scientific Staff
Liang Dai
Scientific Staff
Leen De Paepe
Assisting Academic Staff, PhD Student
Jorn Koelemaij
Assisting Academic Staff
Filipe Marques Teixeira
Scientific Staff
Rui Shao
PhD Student
Kunbo Shi
PhD Student
Weiyang Zhang
PhD Student
Lu Zhang
PhD Student

Voluntary Staff