The Brussels Studies Institute (BSI) was born in 2012 from the desire of academic circles to work together to better understand and make known the complexity of the Brussels reality to researchers but also to field actors and the general public.
The BSI is a unique partnership around the theme of urban knowledge.
It supports scientific research in Brussels and encourages an integrated, multilingual and multidisciplinary approach to it.
The BSI is involved in all components of the knowledge chain in and for Brussels: from bringing stakeholders together to develop integrated knowledge, to disseminating and promoting it.
To carry out its activities, the BSI invariably mobilizes teams of researchers with diverse profiles (in terms of universities, disciplines, languages) to analyse an urban/metropolitan societal challenge or problem from different angles, with a common reference framework. Not only does this multi-perspective approach enrich the content produced, but it also makes it possible to extend the dissemination of results by mobilizing different networks:
The BSI leads a research ecosystem on Brussels
The BSI brings together 57 research centres linked to eight higher education institutions, representing more than 350 researchers from a wide range of disciplines.
In the creation of the BSI
The Government of the Brussels-Capital Region and Innoviris award a new three-year management contract.
The BSI today
The BSI is today a network of 29 affiliated research centres, from 8 higher education institutions (ULB, VUB, USL-B, UCL, KUL, Odisee, ICHEC, UQAM).
The Government of the Brussels-Capital Region and Innoviris award a three-year management contract.
Creation of the Brussels Academy
In 2013, the Brussels Academy is created as a spin-off of the BSI to promote non-academic training in Brussels. The Brussels Academy offers a series of free off-campus courses and conferences, including at the Molenbeek Cultural Centre (one of the 19 municipalities of the BCR). In addition, a number of (fee-based) on-demand training offers are also available. Together with Brussels Studies, it is one of the sister organisations of the BSI.
Night of Knowledge on Brussels 2012
Creation of the BSI : ULB, VUB et USL-B
Creation of the journal Brussels Studies
In 2006, the Brussels Studies, the open access scientific journal for research on Brussels, was launched. Brussels Studies offers researchers a specific dissemination channel for the presentation of results and offers its readers articles accessible to a non-specialist audience on important topics studied and discussed in the world of research. Together with the Brussels Academy, it will become one of the BSI’s sister organisations.