Dr. K.B.J. (Karel) Van den Berghe
- regional planning
- urban planning
- industrial strategy making
- spatial policy making
- circular economy
- port cities
- circular area development
- land use conflicts
Karel Van den Berghe is a tenured Assistant Professor of spatial planning and urban and regional economy at the Delft University of Technology. He works with professor Ellen van Bueren and her team of the Urban Development Management (UDM), part of the department of Management and the Built Environment (faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment). Karel holds a MSc. in Geography, a MSc. in Urban Planning and Urbanism (both Ghent University, Belgium), and since September 2018 a PhD in Urban Planning and Urbanism (Ghent University and Erasmus University Rotterdam).
In his PhD, Karel analysed the economic Port-City Interface of Ghent and Amsterdam. He focussed on how maritime economies are (dis)connected with urban economies. The Port-City Interface is hereby understood as an interactive socio-economic system with positive and negative feedback loops. The central research objective is to understand how actors possess agency to influence the (spatial) developmental agenda of Port Cities.
Karel's interests are broad, in particular (spatial planning/geography/economy/...) theoretical, methodological, and case study research. This is mainly done by writing (international) peer reviewed articles. He also regularly collaborates with practice, by providing policy recommendations to companies, (port) authorities, economic (consultancy) institutions and urban governments.
Since a few years, Karel focusses on the circular economy (CE) and has specialized himself in circular area development, at and between different scales (neighourhood, city, region, nation, international). His point of view is not by focussing on the amount of (linear or circular) material flows, but on the role of space, and how space - and foremost the lack of it - predefines if and how CE ambitions can or cannot be achieved. In particular, he examines the role of manufacturing functions and analyses - in line with his PhD research - what relations exist between the industrial and urban economies.Karel has completed the BKO/UTQ education grade (since 2020) and is actively involved in education, in Bachelor, Master and professional courses. He is the main responsible for the master module 'Urban Resilience', part of the TUDelft/EUR master program 'Master City Developer'. Next, he is tutor in the bachelor course 'Academische Vaardigheden 1', and the master course 'Urban Redevelopment Game', in which he is the role supervisor for the circular economy manager. Next, he regularly gives guest lectures and keynotes.
- regional planning
2021-01-01 - 2023-01-01