Knowledge, Policymaking and Learning for European Cities and Regions
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Knowledge, Policymaking and Learning for European Cities and Regions

From Research to Practice

Edited by Nicola F. Dotti

This book provides theories, experiences, reflections and future directions for social scientists who wish to engage with policy-oriented research in cities and regions. The ‘policy learning’ perspective is comprehensively discussed, focusing on actors promoting ‘policy knowledge’ and interaction among different stakeholders. The book also aims to provide practical insights for policy-makers and practitioners interested in research-based approaches to cities and regions.
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Chapter 7: Knowledge serving the city? Brokerage, production and sharing in Brussels

Joost Vaesen and Benjamin Wayens


Despite its rather one-dimensional image of a multi-capital city and its small size, Brussels has a high concentration of knowledge actors. The large number of higher education institutions (HEIs) and their knowledge workers thereby hold a large potential for the city-region and its complex societal challenges. Philosophical, institutional, linguistic and disciplinary cleavages structure and influence the functioning of the system, though. They constitute the very raison d’être of collaborative organisations such as the Brussels Studies Institute (BSI), willing to transcend the many walls and (internal and external) thresholds the system implies. This contribution features the modus operandi of the institute as well as some of the tools and instruments that were developed to break down the aforementioned walls.

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