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Thomas Block

Director, Professor, Ghent University
  • Ghent University
  • Belgium

About Thomas Block

Thomas Block is director of the Centre for Sustainable Development and lecturer ‘Sustainability and governance’ at the Department of Political Sciences (Ghent University, Belgium). He has a PhD in Political Sciences and a Master degree in Sociology. The identity of his research approach lies in the use of a (nuanced) constructivist epistemology, a complexity-acknowledging perspective, an interpretative policy analysis framework, a participative research design, and in the framing of sustainability issues as ‘political’ matter. His research focus is on complex decision-making and transition governance, education on wicked issues, scenarios and future studies, sustainable cities and urban projects. He is promotor of the International Thematic Network SEDwise - 'Sustainability Education – Teaching and learning in the face of wicked socio-ecological problems' and several inter-university consortia funded by the Flemish Government: ‘Transitions for Sustainable Development’ (TRADO 2012-2016), Climate Change and Development Cooperation (KLIMOS 2015-2019) and ‘Innovation Governance’ (SBV 2016-2019). Amongst many other activities, Thomas Block is an active member of the governing board Transitions UGent, of the jury concerning the Flemish Fund for Urban Regeneration, of the Flemish Quality Control Group concerning urban regeneration projects, member of STRN (Sustainability Transitions Research Network), etc. He is lecturer-in-charge of several UGent courses: ‘Politics of sustainability’ (with prof. Erik Paredis), the university-wide elective course 'Sustainability Thinking' and 'Sustainable Cities' (with prof. Michiel Dehaene).

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