Stijn Oosterlynck is Associate Professor in Urban Sociology at the University of Antwerp, Sociology department. He is the chair of the Centre for Research on Environmental and Social Change (CRESC, formerly OASeS) and the Antwerp Urban Studies Institute. He teaches courses on urban studies, poverty and social inequality. His research is concerned with local social innovation and welfare state restructuring, the political sociology of urban development, urban renewal and community building, new forms of solidarity in diversity and urban diversity policies.
He currently coordinates a large-scale research project on civil society innovation (CSI Flanders, VLAIO-SBO) and an international scientific community on solidarity in diversity (FWO-WOG). He coordinated a large scale research project on solidarity in diversity (DieGem, IWT-SBO), was involved in several European collaborative research projects (ImPRovE, EU FP7 and Divercities, EU FP7) and was a partner in the Flemish Policy Research Centers on Spatial Planning (DURV, Flemish government) and on Poverty (VLAS, Flemish government). He supervises PhD research projects on local social innovation and poverty eradication, urban governance and dynamics of in/exclusion, urban migration integration policies, migration and spatial planning, spatial planning, new forms of solidarity in diversity, social urban renewal and collective housing and urban commons.
Before his current post at the University of Antwerp, he was post-doctoral fellow of the Fund for Scientific Research Flanders at K.U.Leuven, where he was a member of the research units Planning and Development (Department of Architecture, Urban Design and Spatial Planning, ASRO) and Social and Economic Geography (Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences). Before this he was coordinator of the Spatial Planning team of the Flemish Policy Research Centre Spatial Planning and Housing. He also worked as a post-doctoral research associate at the School of Geography at Oxford University for the European Framework 6 programme Demologos. He holds a PhD in Sociology from Lancaster University in the UK. He graduated as a sociologist at Ghent University in Belgium and obtained a MA degree in Economy and Society from Lancaster University.
Stijn Oosterlynck strongly believes that academic research should contribute to society and values interaction with civil society and policy makers. He is a regular speaker at workshops, debates and conferences organized by social organisations and public institutions for a broad, non-academic audience (for an example, see this short lecture on social mix for the Brussels based organisation Café Kanal http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jX15hOaf8Yc). He is the chair of the board of directors of the housing cooperative Collectief Goed and a member of the board of Samenlevingsopbouw Provincie Antwerpen and Architecture Workroom Brussels.