Tom Coppens

Associate Professor


Research group

Research Group for Urban Development


  • Prof dr. Tom Coppens holds a Master in Architectural Engineering (KU Leuven,1997), a master in urban planning and urbanism (KU Leuven 1999) and a PhD in architectural Engineering (KU Leuven 2011). Coppens combined his academic career with a career as practitioner as urban planner at the City of Antwerp, where he was in charge of the management of complex urban development projects and strategic structure plans. Since 2006 he is a lecturer at Artesis University college. After his PhD Coppens started as a full time junior lecturer at Artesis university college and since 2013 he is a senior lecturer at the university of Antwerp. Coppens founded the research group for urban development and is head of the master programme of urban development. Coppens academic research and expertise is oriented to the design and management of complex urban development projects and spatial governance. He published on process and project management and in particular on stakeholder management and community protest in complex urban projects. Coppens is also expert on strategic planning processes and statutory planning instruments for urban development. Besides his academic work, Coppens actively contributes to debates on policy making in urban development and spatial planning in Flanders. He is a member of several advisory boards on spatial planning and urban development for provincial and the regional government


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