Centre for Information, Documentation and Research on Brussels
BRIO, the Centre for Information, Documentation and Research on Brussels, is an interuniversity research consortium with research centres of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel and the Hogeschool-Universiteit Brussel (HUBrussel) as founding partners. Its mission is to create a platform for exchanging ideas and information on several aspects of the Brussels Capital Region, in interaction with the Flemish surrounding municipalities and other levels of government, and to stimulate new research on the matter. Therefore an important pillar of BRIO is the development and the maintainance of a specialised scientific virtual documentation centre on Brussels: www.briobrussel.be and another on the Flemish Periphery: www.docu.vlaamserand.be. It also resulted in different research projects, the organisation of colloquia, the publication of a series entitled Brusselse Thema's (Brussels Themes). Recent research topics are: - language use and language situation - language and identity - language policies and legislation - federalisation all analysed as a combined action of social, economic, demographic, political and psychological factors.