Research group at imec & Vrije Universiteit Brussel

Jan Waeben


Personal Description

Cities are central to most of our lives. Their complexity makes them tough to manage, yet the opportunities are vast. The city is also ours. In researching cities, I want to learn how to offer better solutions to societal issues at the city level. I have done so by working with city functionaries using qualitative methods, applied to different intersects between media and cities.

I graduated as MSc in Communication Studies at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel with greatest distinction in 2014. My master thesis focused on creative class and regional policy. During my master, I also worked at the SMIT research centre, where I collaborated on an project on innovation for newsprint media in Flanders. From June 2016 till February 2017, I worked at MICT on a a study about Flanders’ gaming policy. I joined SMIT in February of 2017 to work on several projects and a PhD relating to the monitoring of smart cities.