Chris den Heijer holds a bachelor’s degree in History (2018) and a master’s degree in Urbanism and Spatial Planning (2020). In his master's thesis he examined how divergent democratic legitimacy perceptions contributed to the conflict-ridden participation process for the Gedempte Zuiderdokken in Antwerp.

Chris joined the Research group for Urban Development in 2021. In his PhD research, he focuses on alternative financing arrangements for nature-based solutions.

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Favorite (place in the) city?

Sint-Andriesplaats, Antwerp: A gem of a square hidden in the middle of the city. Surrounded by trees, a cosy café and playing youth, this is the place to be on summer evenings for a game of basketball with friends. And afterwards, of course, a refreshing drink on the terrace!