Urban Work Webinar Series: Session I
Together with the Brussels Centre for Urban Studies we are exploring the diversity of career paths out of academia and into the city within the webinar series 'Urban Work': This time with Dorthe Nielsen (EUROCITIES) & Jens Aerts (BUUR and independent urban consultant)! We discuss critical but concrete reflections on urban work opportunities and labour markets in different cities: from personal and professional decision-making processes over project scales to the marathon of urban work.
Dorthe Nielsen is executive director of EUROCITIES, the network of 190 larger European cities working together for a better quality of life locally. Dorthe supports and advises city authorities to reinforce their role and influence at EU level, including through the urban agenda for the EU, cohesion policy and the EU budget. She focusses on green and digital transformation and oversees the delivery of the wider strategic framework of the network and its longer term goals for urban collaboration. This also includes to overall coordination of activities between the network’s 40 specialised working groups and six thematic fora. She joined EUROCITIES in 2011 from the Greater London Authority’s EU office and previously worked at the Secretariat General of the European Commission.
Jens Aerts is associate partner at BUUR - Bureau for Urbanism, specialized in sustainable urban development programs and policies. Most recently he has been supporting international development agencies, such as UN-Habitat, UNESCAP, UNICEF and the World Bank. Jens has been teaching at the Cosmopolis Centre for Urban Research of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) from 2011 until 2016. He holds a MSc in Civil Engineering and Architecture from the University of Leuven (Belgium) and obtained his MA Urban Planning at Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya in Barcelona (Spain). He is member of the Board of the Flemish Spatial Planning Organisation (VRP) and the International Society of City and Regional Planners (ISOCARP).