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Luk Van Langenhove, Rector’s Assignment Holder for International Institutes and Networks at the VUB

Prof. Luk Van Langenhove (*1957) obtained a Ph.D. in Psychology from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) in 1987. Before, he had studied clinical psychology (M.A., VUB 1981) and criminology (M.A., VUB 1981).


He started his career as a researcher at VUB and became Deputy Secretary-General of the Belgian federal ministry of Science Policy in 1992. In October 2001, he was appointed founding Director of UNU-CRIS, the Institute for Comparative Regional Integration Studies of the United Nations University in Bruges. This position he held until September 2016. Since March 2016 he holds the position of Research Professor at the VUB’s Institute of European Studies (IES) as the Scientific Coordinator of the EL-CSID project under the Horizon 2020 programme. This project studies the potentials of science and cultural diplomacy for the EU’s policies.


Since December 2017, he serves as Academic Director of the IES. And since September 2018 he is the Rector’s Assignment Holder for International Institutes and Networks at the VUB.


From 2016 until 2018 he was also Senior Advisor EU Strategy at the University of Warwick. From 2008 until 2010 he acted as Vice-President of the International Social Sciences Council.


He has published widely on regional integration, international relations as well as on social sciences theory, positioning theory and psychology. Recent books include De Opmars van de Regio's (Die Keure, 2014), Building Regions (Ashgate, 2011), People and Societies (Routledge, 2010) and Innovating the Social Sciences (Passagen Verlag, 2007).
Recent articles have been published in journals such as European Integration, International Spectator, Review of International Studies, Contemporary Politics and Nature.

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