KU Leuven

Professor (100%) in the Domain of Urbanism – Housing in Relation to Urbanism and Spatial Planning

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(ref. ZAP-2022-32)

In the Science, Engineering and Technology Group of KU Leuven, Faculty of Architecture, Department of Architecture, research group P.PUL there is a full-time academic vacancy (ZAP) in the area of urbanism on the Sint-Lucas Brussels and Ghent campus. We are looking for internationally oriented candidates with an excellent interdisciplinary research record and with educational competence within the field of housing, urbanism and spatial planning. The structure of KU Leuven combines faculties and research-departments in a multi-campus model.    The Faculty of Architecture consists of the academic architecture programmes (interior architecture, architecture, urban design and spatial planning and educational master) on the Sint-Lucas Brussels and Ghent campuses. The faculty is responsible for organizing educational activities. The Faculty is driven by a consciously assembled diversity of practices and is renowned for its future-oriented education that cultivates a freedom of exploration. There are currently 2400 students, of which ca. 300 are international students. www.arch.kuleuven.be The Department of Architecture is a research department which groups research in the fields of architecture, interior architecture, urban design and spatial planning of researchers on the Faculty of Architecture (Sint-Lucas Brussels and Ghent campuses) as well as of the Faculty Engineering Sciences (Leuven). The Department is an international centre for expertise in these domains and their research is being led by numerous professors and research groups with over one hundred international doctoral students. www.architectuur.kuleuven.be The research section UULP (Urban Design, Urbanism, Landscape and Planning) within the Department of Architecture of KU Leuven aims, through inter-/transdisciplinary research and a multi-faceted approach, to address the contemporary emergent tensions that arise between architecture/urbanism as a societal construct and its territorial dimension, and this from a socio-spatial perspective. An essential element in this study is the critical approach to territorial organization as a means of inclusion that transcends traditional understanding of socio-spatial boundaries and configurations. Within the section, the research group P.PUL (Planning for People, Urbanity and Landscape) focuses primarily on sociological, ecological, environmental as well as political aspects of urban planning, and the interaction between society and space are at the very core of its research lines and methodological preferences. It addresses housing, migration, ageing, socio-ecology, the use of open space, and political processes in urban and urbanising contexts. P.PUL critically questions existing socio-spatial concepts and ideas that circulate in society and academia, as well as the position of experts in these domains in relation to other disciplines, authorities, civil society organisations and individuals. The research group has an extensive track record in both fundamental and applied research, and the sourcing and sharing of knowledge from and with societal actors (among which policy makers) are of crucial importance in this endeavour. P.PUL has an extensive international academic network, is an active participant in the public debate and relies on solid connections with connections with companies and non-profit organisations. Besides the affiliated ZAP members, it is a supportive work environment from highly talented PhD and postdoc scholars. http://ppulresearch-kuleuven.be

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You develop a research programme at an international level in the field of urbanism, and more specifically in the field of housing in relation to urbanism and spatial planning. You strengthen already existing research lines and complement expertise in the socio-spatial dimension of urbanism and spatial planning, using cross-disciplinary research methods that explicitly link social issues to the spatial context. Your research enables urbanism and spatial planning to develop design concepts, governance strategies as well as policy interventions in response to the driving societal challenges of urbanization processes in different socio-political contexts, in and outside Belgium and Europe, and in the Global South. A specific research focus on housing related topics is particularly welcome, in relation to such topics as migration, urbanization and land consumption, inequality and spatial injustice, disaster recovery and climate change. Also, you have or are prepared to develop an affinity with urban design and research by design in order to bridge competences and perspectives within the Department of Architecture. 

You actively engage in ongoing research projects, while setting up collaborations within and outside of P.PUL and the Department of Architecture. You set up new research projects in an international collaboration and you support national and international partnerships in the department and help promote and further develop these. 

You are capable of acquiring competitive funding. You publish at high scientific level, acquire resources for fundamental as well as applied (e.g. policy-oriented strategic) research, and supervise PhDs at an international level.


  • You ensure high-quality education within the housing, urbanism and spatial planning area, with a clear commitment to the quality of the programme as a whole. You also contribute to the pedagogic project of the faculty and university through the supervision of master theses. 
  • You develop your teaching in accordance with KU Leuven’s vision on activating and researched-based education and make use of the possibilities for the educationalist professionalization offered by the faculty and the university. 
  • Your teaching task will be determined in consultation and based on your specific profile. It is embedded in the master programme in urban design and spatial planning and in the bachelor and master programmes in architecture at the Faculty of Architecture, in synergy with the teaching programmes at the Faculty of Engineering at the Department’s campus in Leuven.


  • Scientific, social and internal services are also part of your job. 
  • You stay up-to-date with the field of housing, urbanism and spatial planning and take part in public national and international discussions and communication in this field. 
  • You are willing to take up coordination tasks and leadership within the Department and Faculty of Architecture, in accordance to the stage of your career. 


  • You have a master’s degree and a PhD in urbanism, spatial planning or a similarly related field, and demonstrable expertise related to the research and educational field of housing in relation to urbanism and spatial planning. You also have experience with, or a distinct affinity for, teaching and research in architecture. 
  • You have a strong research profile. The quality of your research is proven by publications in prominent leading journals and books. International experience is an important advantage. 
  • If you have recently been admitted to the degree of doctor, it is important that you support your research and growth potential with academic references. 
  • You have demonstrable qualities related to academic education. Teaching experience is an advantage. You possess organisational skills and have a cooperative attitude. You also possess leadership capacities within a university context. 
  • A good command of English is required. KU Leuven provides courses in academic English. 
  • The official administrative language used at KU Leuven is Dutch. If you do not speak Dutch (or do not speak it well) at the start of employment, KU Leuven will provide language training to enable you to take part in meetings. Upon fixed tenure, you must have sufficient knowledge of Dutch at CEFR level B2.


We are offering full-time employment in an intellectually challenging environment. 

KU Leuven is a research-intensive, internationally oriented university that carries out both fundamental and applied scientific research. Our university is highly inter- and multidisciplinarily focused and strives for international excellence. In this regard we actively work together with research partners in Belgium and abroad and provide our students with an academic education that is based on high-quality scientific research. 

You will mainly work at the campus in Ghent, and occasionally at our campuses in Brussels and Leuven. 

Depending on your record and qualifications, you will be appointed to or tenured in one of the grades of the senior academic staff: assistant professor, associate professor, professor or full professor. In principle, junior researchers are appointed as assistant professor on the tenure track for a period of 5 years; after this period and a positive evaluation, they are permanently appointed (or tenured) as an associate professor. 


For more information on the contents of the job, please contact: 

- Prof. dr. Yves Schoonjans, dean of the Faculty of Architecture, mail: yves.schoonjans@kuleuven.be

- Prof. dr. Hans Leinfelder, vice dean for education of the Faculty of Architecture, member research group P.PUL, mail: hans.leinfelder@kuleuven.be 

- Prof. dr. Bruno Notteboom, tel.: +32 9 398 64 68, mail: bruno.notteboom@kuleuven.be

Add to your application the following documents (more information is available on the KU Leuven job site): 

- Your biosketch in which you indicate your added value as an academic for research, education and service to society of your past career and of your future activities (maximum 2 pages); 

- A file on your five most important publications or realizations; 

- An extensive cv including a full publication list and if applicable a portfolio of your design projects; 

- Your research plan with focus on the development of your research line and research team in relation with the colleague-researchers of the entity of employment for the next 5 years (maximum 5 pages); 

- Your vision on academic education and its organization (maximum 2 pages); 

- Your contribution to society by outreach and public communication on science and technology, internal representation in boards and councils and service activities directly in relation to your developed expertise (maximum 1 page); 

- Your vision on leadership (maximum 1 page). 

KU Leuven places great importance on research integrity and ethical conduct and will therefore ask you to sign an integrity statement upon appointment. 

We ask that all documents, with the exception of an extensive CV, be drawn up in English 

You can apply for this job no later than September 29, 2022 via the online application tool

KU Leuven seeks to foster an environment where all talents can flourish, regardless of gender, age, cultural background, nationality or impairments. If you have any questions relating to accessibility or support, please contact us at diversiteit.HR@kuleuven.be.

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Professor (100%) in the Domain of Urbanism – Housing in Relation to Urbanism and Spatial Planning
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