Metrolab

Metrolab Brussels' specific approach to urban problems and urban policies is conceived as "applied and critical urban research". The applied dimension requires from our researchers to get involved with the ERDF urban actors in a concrete collaboration that aims at the improvement of the social, environmental and economic qualities of their project.

Metrolab

However, these MLB research works cannot be seen as a service of "consulting" nor of "facilitation". Indeed, MLB's mission within the ERDF policy program is also to enhance the reflexive capacities and the critical skills of both local project leaders and regional representatives. At some occasions, the MLB researcher's contribution will consists in helping these urban actors to "think outside the box" and to reflect on the meaning of their action.

The independance of MLB's research work is an fundamental condition of success for this new, experimental form of policy research.

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