Research team in the spotlight
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.