Koos Fransen

Koos Fransen
Vrije Universiteit Brussel | VUB · Department of Geography

Doctor in Engineering Technology
Currently working on transport-related exclusion

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Introduction
I have a background in Industrial Engineering – Land Surveying as well as Urbanism and Spatial Planning. I currently work as a post-doctoral researcher at the Cosmopolis Centre for Urban Research at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel and the ISE research group at Ghent University. In addition, I am the founder of STR.AAT. My research focuses on accessibility and its link to spatial planning and transport policy, with a primary focus on aspects of social exclusion and transport poverty.
Additional affiliations
February 2015 - present
Ghent University
Position
  • Research Assistant
Description
  • Geographic Information Sciences (GIS)
September 2014 - present
Ghent University
Position
  • Research Assistant
Description
  • Supervision of master theses
January 2014 - present
Ghent University
Position
  • PhD Student
Education
September 2011 - June 2014
Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Field of study
  • Urban Design and Spatial Planning
September 2009 - June 2013
Hogeschool Gent
Field of study
  • Industrial Engineering - Surveying

Publications

Publications (29)
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Accessibility is a key indicator for the number of opportunities experienced by an individual, and it is generally assumed that higher levels of accessibility lead to higher levels of activity participation and satisfaction. Despite the fact that this relationship has been tested in preceding studies, no clear pattern of correlation has been found...
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In no research domain has the application of accessibility been so vital as in the area of linking disadvantaged individuals to job opportunities. The inability to reach locations of employment and, therefore, partake in paid labor is considered to have severe consequences on an individual’s economic security and quality of life as well as society’...
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This article aims to contribute to the understanding of car dependency of cities, a line of inquiry which emerged in the late 1980s. First, we update possibly outdated insights based on more recent data. Second, we highlight methodological limitations of this type of research, which will help determine the relevance of typical findings in the broad...
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In this study, we test the extent to which people who reside in hypothetically car-independent neighbourhoods travel multimodally and perceive themselves as car dependent. We used the Flemish region as our study case, and defined a car-independent neighbourhood as an area with a high node and a high place value. A cluster analysis with four constit...
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In June 2019, the government of the Flemish Region (Belgium) launched the “mobility score,” a standardized built environment indicator that informs citizens in Flanders about the walking or cycling accessibility from their dwelling to a range of basic amenities and public transport stops. The development of the mobility score was developed to be a...
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The COVID-19 pandemic has strongly impacted our society, producing drastic changes in people’s routines and daily mobility, and putting public spaces under a new light. This paper starts with the premise that the use of urban forests and green spaces - where and for who they were available and accessible - increased, when social restrictions were m...
Technical Report
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This document represents the CLEARING HOUSE screening tool (D1.5). The screening tool encompasses analytical questions for the guidance of the exploratory case study analysis for T2.1 in the 10 case study cities and regions in China and Europe and identifies responsibilities. The screening tool includes questions on the locality of the case study a...
Technical Report
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The COVID 19 pandemic is transforming our society. All the basic elements of living together have radically changed in the past weeks: Where and how we work, whom we spend time with, whom we care about, what tasks and activities keep us busy. During the lockdown those that can, have been flocking into green spaces and urban forests for physical ex...
Chapter
The equitability of a transport system and, therefore, the fairness of the distribution of its benefits, is assessed by clearly defining all aspects that influence an individual user’s ability to reach daily life destinations in the region. This ability can be enhanced or restricted by the environment travelled through, the chosen transport mode, t...
Conference Paper
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The purpose of this paper is to contribute to developing strategies in curbing excessive car use and to discuss the role of mental car dependency in the current transport system. The paper should be conceived as a thorough preparation for a research that intends to determine what elements constitute mental car dependency and how mental car dependen...
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An inefficient accessibility to the labor market is considered as one of the key threats to a region’s economic wellbeing. However, the high dominance of and independency on travel by private motorized vehicle related to the post-war emergence of the automobile industry has led to various spatial mismatches between living locations and the labor ma...
Thesis
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The rise of the automobile in the post-World War era has brought the concepts of transportation and mobility for personal use to the foreground. What started as a luxury good for the more well-off, swiftly evolved to a common good for the masses due to the combination of an ever-growing demand and vast improvements in the industrial production chai...
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Measurement techniques for determining the thickness and shape of ice structures can be divided into contact and non-contact methods. The non-contact methods are the most appropriate for measuring relatively thin fiber reinforced ice shells because they hold no risk for damages. Furthermore, these measurement techniques can be repeated during the i...
Research
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Book chapter in 'Adaptive Mobility' (book publisher: Institute of Sustainable Mobility)

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Projects (9)
Archived project
Binnen het Europees georganiseerde onderzoeksproject CARIN-PT werven wij een onderzoeker aan die zal focussen op gebruikers van het openbaar vervoer, met aandacht voor sociale inclusie en vervoersarmoede. Het onderzoek richt zich op Vlaanderen, maar gebeurt in interactie met de andere projectpartners in Estland, Zweden en Noorwegen. In Vlaanderen werken we daarvoor samen met De Lijn, VVSG en de Vlaamse overheid. Het project maakt deel uit van het programma ERA-NET Cofund Urban Transformation Capacities https://jpi-urbaneurope.eu/news/announcement-16-projects-recommended-for-funding-in-era-net-cofound-urban-transformation-capacities-enutc/ . Het project loopt drie jaar en start op 1 maart 2022. Met het oog op het behalen van een doctoraat kan er financiering voor een vierde jaar worden voorzien. Als doctorandus werk je samen in een team met twee postdoctorale onderzoekers. Je wordt tewerkgesteld bij Cosmopolis Centre for Urban Research (www.cosmopolis.be), een onderzoeksgroep van de Vrije Universiteit Brussel (campus Etterbeek) die bestaat uit ongeveer 30 onderzoekers en professoren met expertise in het domein van de stadsgeografie, de ruimtelijke planning en de stedenbouw. Wij zijn op zoek naar het volgende profiel: Je bezit een diploma van master geografie, stedenbouw en ruimtelijke planning, urban studies, of een aanverwante discipline, zoals verkeerskunde, planologie, architectuur, sociologie, milieuwetenschappen, ingenieurswetenschappen of bestuurswetenschappen. Je studeerde af met (tenminste) onderscheiding. Je hebt een uitgesproken interesse in de discipline van de mobiliteitsplanning en de ruimtelijke planning, en je kan dit staven aan de hand van bijvoorbeeld professionele ervaring, de oriëntatie van je afstudeerwerk, of een eigen visie op het onderzoek. Je schrijft vlot en beschikt over een uitstekende kennis van het Engels en het Nederlands. Voorafgaande relevante ervaring als onderzoeker, of professionele ervaring buiten de universiteit is een troef. Procedure: Stuur je CV, je visie op het onderzoek dat je zou willen doen (maximum 1 pagina, in het Engels of het Nederlands), en een scan van je hoogste behaalde diploma ten laatste op 18 januari 2022 per e-mail naar Prof. Dr. Kobe Boussauw (e-mail: kobe.boussauw@vub.be). De selectie gebeurt eind januari, en de aanstelling gaat ten vroegste van start op 1 maart 2022. Het gaat om een aanstelling van 3 keer 1 jaar (in het statuut van doctoraatsbursaal), die in principe 1 keer verlengd kan worden (dus met een totale aanstellingsduur van 4 jaar). Voor meer informatie kan je terecht bij Prof. Dr. Kobe Boussauw (e-mail: kobe.boussauw@vub.be, tel. op vraag), bij Dr. Wojciech Keblowski (e-mail: wojciech.keblowski@vub.be) of bij Dr. Koos Fransen (e-mail: koos.fransen@vub.be). Omschrijving van het project: Public transport (PT) is an essential urban infrastructure. Improving PT quality and increasing its ridership is generally expected to generate environmental benefits and sustaining economic growth. However, the social justice dimension of PT development remains largely under-researched. This includes the understanding of who decides about PT development and how (participation), whose needs are considered in this process (recognition), and who benefits from its outcome (distribution). The close relationship between socio-economic dynamics, accessibility and the use of PT is poorly understood. Therefore, the proposed research will examine social and spatial inequalities related to PT in terms of needs, capabilities, decision-making, accessibility and the built environment, both in a quantitative and a qualitative manner. It will co-produce understandings on how urban planning oriented towards “resilience” can be strengthened through inclusive processes. In close collaboration with policy-makers and service providers, the project will consider micromobility, fare structures, flexible on-demand PT and transit-oriented development (TOD) in the urban regions of Tallinn (Estonia), Flanders (Belgium), Stockholm (Sweden) and Oslo (Norway). The project aims to bring about a shift in how mobility policies and services are developed, as to become more integrated and inclusive.
Archived project
Within the European research project CARIN-PT we are recruiting a researcher who will focus on users of public transport, with a focus on social inclusion and transport poverty. This part of the project will focus on Flanders, but will happen in interaction with the other project partners in Estonia, Sweden and Norway. In Flanders we cooperate with De Lijn, VVSG and the Flemish government. The project is part of the ERA-NET Cofund Urban Transformation Capacities programme: https://jpi-urbaneurope.eu/news/announcement-16-projects-recommended-for-funding-in-era-net-cofound-urban-transformation-capacities-enutc/ The project will run for three years and will in principle start on March 1, 2022. Funding for a fourth year can be provided for the purpose of completing a PhD thesis. As a PhD student, you will work together in a team with two postdoctoral researchers. You will be employed at Cosmopolis Centre for Urban Research (www.cosmopolis.be), a research group of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Etterbeek campus) that consists of approximately 30 researchers and professors with expertise in the fields of urban geography, and urban and regional planning. Your profile: You hold a master’s degree in geography, urban design and spatial planning, urban studies, or a related discipline, such as transport planning, architecture, sociology, environmental sciences, engineering, or public administration. You graduated with (at least) distinction. You have a strong interest in the discipline of mobility planning and spatial planning, and you can substantiate this on the basis of, for example, professional experience, the orientation of your master thesis, or your own vision on the research you would like to develop. You write fluently and you have good knowledge of Dutch and English. Prior relevant experience as a researcher, or professional experience outside the academe is an asset. Procedure: Send your CV, your vision of the research you would like to do (maximum 1 page, in English or Dutch), and a scan of your highest diploma obtained by e-mail at the latest on January 18, 2022 to Prof. Dr. Kobe Boussauw (e-mail: kobe.boussauw@vub.be). The selection will take place at the end of January, and the appointment will start on March 1, 2022 at earliest. This concerns an appointment of 3 times 1 year (bursary employment status), which in principle can be extended once (i.e. a total duration of 4 years). For more information you can contact Prof. Dr. Kobe Boussauw (e-mail: kobe.boussauw@vub.be – tel. on request), Dr. Wojciech Keblowski (e-mail: wojciech.keblowski@vub.be), or Dr. Koos Fransen (e-mail: koos.fransen@vub.be). Description of the project: Public transport (PT) is an essential urban infrastructure. Improving PT quality and increasing its ridership is generally expected to generate environmental benefits and sustaining economic growth. However, the social justice dimension of PT development remains largely under-researched. This includes the understanding of who decides about PT development and how (participation), whose needs are considered in this process (recognition), and who benefits from its outcome (distribution). The close relationship between socio-economic dynamics, accessibility and the use of PT is poorly understood. Therefore, the proposed research will examine social and spatial inequalities related to PT in terms of needs, capabilities, decision-making, accessibility and the built environment, both in a quantitative and a qualitative manner. It will co-produce understandings on how urban planning oriented towards “resilience” can be strengthened through inclusive processes. In close collaboration with policy-makers and service providers, the project will consider micromobility, fare structures, flexible on-demand PT and transit-oriented development (TOD) in the urban regions of Tallinn (Estonia), Flanders (Belgium), Stockholm (Sweden) and Oslo (Norway). The project aims to bring about a shift in how mobility policies and services are developed, as to become more integrated and inclusive.