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


Every year, the Touring Scientific Award for Geography and Geomatics and Land Surveying is awarded to the student who achieved the best annual result in the second Master of Science in Geography or the second Master of Scienc…

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This project aims to contribute to the scientific literature on ‘polycentric urban regions’ (PURs). In its most basic guise, the PUR notion applies to regions characterised by the presence of a set of nearby cities that are o…

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Prof. dr. Frank Witlox
Tenured Academic Staff
Prof. dr. Ben Derudder
Tenured Academic Staff (Part-time)
Prof. dr. Jonathan Beaverstock
Visiting Research Professor
Prof. dr. Veronique Van Acker
Visiting Professor
Dr. Hossein Azadi
Scientific Staff
Dr. Freke Caset
Scientific Staff
Dr. Long Cheng
Scientific Staff
Dr. Jonas De Vos
Scientific Staff
Dr. Tom Storme
Administrative And Technical Staff
Caroline Beckers
Assisting Academic Staff
Corneel Casier
Scientific Staff
Yuting Chen
PhD Student
Leen De Paepe
Assisting Academic Staff, PhD Student
Maite Dewinter
Scientific Staff, PhD Student
Hannah Hook
Scientific Staff, PhD Student
Tanhua Jin
PhD Student
Enlong Li
PhD Student
Richa Maheshwari
PhD Student
Sarah Meire
Scientific Staff, PhD Student
Gary Robinson
PhD Student
Rui Shao
PhD Student
Kunbo Shi
PhD Student
Lennert Verhulst
PhD Student
Chenchen Xu
Scientific Staff, PhD Student
Yuting Yang
PhD Student
Mi Ye
PhD Student
Miao Yin
Scientific Staff, PhD Student
Haoyu Zhang
PhD Student
Jia Zheng
Scientific Staff

Voluntary Staff