The platform for research on Brussels

BSI research study

Needs for the creation of secondary education places in the Brussels-Capital Region has just published the study carried out by the BSI together with the Brussels Institute for Statistics and Analysis to estimate the number of secondary education places in the Brussels-Capital Region in 2025.

Chair 2019 Chair: Mark Brearley

or the fourth edition of the Chair, English urban planner Mark Brearley will be welcome.

Mark Brearly led the creation of Cass Cities, a bold programme to strengthen the role of the prestigious School of Architecture at Metropolitan University in London

BSI synopsis

A mediapark in Brussels? The media industry and its regional dynamics

This new BSI synopsis analyses from a media cluster perspective the characteristics of the media industry in Brussels and assesses…


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BSI activities

The BSI acts as a platform for contact and coordination of academic research on Brussels with a particular focus on the humanities.

Discover soon in this section the complete list of our research and events as well as the possibility to consult our online documentary resources.


The BSI produces research on Brussels

The BSI brings together integrated research teams (multi-institutional and multidisciplinary) to address the multiple issues raised by the societal challenges of the city-region.


The BSI organizes public events

The BSI organizes a series of events focusing on issues that are relevant in the academic sphere, the political agenda and the societal debate.


The BSI develops reference works on Brussels

The BSI's mission is to enable as many people as possible to access easy and reliable information on the Brussels Capital Region.

The BSI method


Promoting interuniversity cooperation

The BSI wants to overcome (internal) institutional boundaries thus connecting the academic community in Brussels


Adopting an interdisciplinary approach

The complexity of Brussels necessitates an interdisciplinary approach. As such, the BSI brings together scholars from a wide variety of disciplines.


Crossing linguistic boundaries

Connecting researchers with a different linguistic background: by developing activities transcending the two traditional linguistic communities in Brussels on the one hand and engaging with the international academic community on the other hand. In order to do so, the BSI will launch instruments and tools in three languages: French, Dutch and English.


Functioning as an intellectual hub with actors of the Brussels society

Creating collaborative instruments connecting the academic realm and the civil society, political actors, media and citizens.

The BSI is the driver of a knowledge ecosystem on Brussels


The BSI cooperates with its two sister organisations: the electronic journal Brussels Studies and the Brussels Academy, organizing lecture series for the general public.

The BSI is the privileged partner of the Brussels networks for urban studies: Eb-xl (ULB), BCUS (VUB) and IRIB (USL-B).


The BSI federates 29 research centers affiliated with eight higher education institutions, representing more than 300 researchers from a wide range of disciplines.

  • BATir - Building, Architecture & Town Planning (ULB)
  • BCUS - Brussels Centre for Urban Studies (VUB)
  • Bedrijfskunde - Praktijkgericht Onderzoek (Odisee)
  • BIAL - Brussels Institute for Applied Linguistics (VUB)
  • BRIO – Brussels Informatie-, Documentatie- en Onderzoekscentrum (VUB)
  • BUSI - Department of Business (VUB)
  • CEDRE – Centre d’Etude du Droit de l’Environnement (Université Saint-Louis – Bruxelles)
  • Centre de droit public - (ULB)
  • CES – Centre d’Etudes Sociologiques (Université Saint-Louis – Bruxelles)
  • CEVIPOL - Centre d'étude de la vie politique (ULB)
  • CIRC - Centre Interdisciplinaire de Recherches en Droit Constitutionnel et Administratif (Université Saint-Louis – Bruxelles)
  • CLARA - Centre des Laboratoires Associés pour la Recherche en Architecture (ULB)
  • CLIC - Centre for Literary and Intermedial Crossings (VUB)
  • COSMOPOLIS - City, Culture & Society (VUB)
  • CRHIDI - Centre de Recherches en Histoire du Droit et des Institutions (Université Saint-Louis – Bruxelles)
  • CRISS : Approches sociales de la Santé  - Ecole de Santé Publique (ULB)
  • Dominique Verté (VUB) from Belgian Ageing Studies
  • GERME - Groupe de recherche sur les Relations Ethniques, les Migrations et l’Egalité (ULB)
  • GIRSEF - Groupe interdisciplinaire de Recherche sur la Socialisation, l'Education et la Formation (UCL)
  • iCite - International Centre for Innovation, Technology and Education Studies (Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management - ULB)
  • IGEAT - Institut de Gestion de l'Environnement et d'Aménagement du Territoire (ULB)
  • Interface Demography (VUB)
  • IRIB - Institut de Recherches Interdisciplinaires sur Bruxelles (Université Saint-Louis – Bruxelles)
  • LIEU - Laboratoire interdisciplinaire en études urbaines (ULB)
  • METICES - Migrations, Espaces, Travail, Institutions, Citoyenneté, Epistémologie, Santé (ULB)
  • MOBI - Mobility, Logistics and Automotive Technology Research Centre (VUB)
  • Onderzoekscel Data en Beleid (OCDB) / Research Unit Data & Policy (RUDP) (VUB)
  • POLISSI - Politiques et systèmes de Santé - Santé internationale - Ecole de Santé Publique (ULB)
  • RHEA Expertisecentrum (VUB)
  • SOFT - Software Languages Lab (VUB)
  • SMIT - Studies on Media, Information and Telecommunication (VUB)
  • TOR (Tempus Omnia Revelat) - Onderzoeksgroep voor de studie van tijd, cultuur en samenleving (VUB)