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Since 2015, Jan Zaman, Inge Pennincx and Sophie De Mulder have been running the research track “Spatial-economic networks” of the Flemish Environmental Planning Agency, Department of Environment. This team with backgrounds in architecture, geography, languages ​​and urban planning found out that in the field of spatial planning, the theme of economics appeared not much on the radar. Understanding how the economy works - in the sense of companies that carry out an economic activity and the space they need to function for this (buildings, loading and unloading space, storage, infrastructure, ...) is nevertheless important in order not letting increase the current space requirements. When we want the right company in the right place, we must take the time to understand and explain the spatial location patterns. Numerous methods are used to build up this knowledge: an inventory of economic activities in the field, analysis of types of economic areas, literature on location factors, research by design, interviews, knowledge of the field, etc. In recent years the emphasis has been on gaining insight into the merging of companies with the residential environment, where approximately 80% of the companies are located.

In the coming year, the emphasis will be on possible policy options: how can a certain environment be better aligned with the spatial demands of companies? View the publications of Jan Zaman, Inge Pennincx and Sophie De Mulder  on the FRIS research portal or on the spatial-economic research website of the Department of Environment.

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Flemish Research Discipline Standard

DisciplinesOn 9 April 2019, the FRIS Research Portal migrated from the FRIS research disciplines to the Flemish Research Discipline Standard. The Flemish Research Discipline Standard, developed by the Expert Centre for Research & Development Monitoring (ECOOM) and commissioned by the Flemish government, is a hierarchical and semantically enriched classification list for research disciplines. The Flemish Research Discipline Standard replaces the numerous research discipline classification lists that have been used in Flanders in the past years and is implemented as a standard by numerous users (FRIS, FWO, VLIR, ...) and stakeholders (universities, university colleges, research institutions, ...) in Flanders. The Flemish Research Discipline Standard is unique because it offers the most granular research discipline classification worldwide where every discipline is provided with a definition that semantically describes what is included in that particular discipline. Read more...


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