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Walravens Nils


Nils Walravens is a senior research at imec – SMIT (Vrije Universiteit Brussel) in the field of business modeling in different ICT industries, with a strong focus on mobile technologies, smart cities and open data.

To better understand what the role of technology is in the urban context, he mainly apply qualitative methods (e.g. in-depth interviews, expert interviews) and participatory approaches (e.g. participatory action research, co-creation sessions).

Currently, he is closely involved in the Smart Flanders programme that supports the 13 centre cities in Flanders and the VGC in Brussels with opening up data. The goal of the programme is to tackle urban and societal problems by making more data available in a way that makes it as easy as possible to reuse. Nils has been involved in the organisation of the STOEMP Lecture Series at imec-SMIT-VUB, bringing together very different views on Brussels and its complexity, and co-organises the meetings of BSCAN, the Belgian Smart Cities Academic Network.

He has been at imec-SMIT-VUB since 2007, right after obtaining a Master’s degree in Communication Sciences from the VUB. In 2016, he obtained a PhD from the VUB in the same field, with a doctoral thesis on the role of mobile applications in creating public value in Smart Cities.






Centre(s) de recherche







“Understanding Local mGovernment Applications: A Business Model Approach to the Case of Brussels.” Walravens, Nils, E-BUSINESS AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS, ICETE 2015. Vol. 585 2016. p. 100-123 (Communications in Computer and Information Science).
“Should there be an app for that? Inhibiting and contributing factors to the development of a mobile smart city strategy for Brussels.” Walravens, Nils, Brussels Studies, No. 88, 16.06.2015.
“A Business Model Approach to Local mGovernment Applications – Mapping the Brussels Region’s Mobile App Initiatives.” Walravens, Nils, Proceedings of the 12th International Conference on e-Business (ICE-B-2015). 2015. p. 113-124.

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