Kristof Van Assche, born in Belgium, worked and lived in the US (Minnesota), the Netherlands (Wageningen), Germany (Bonn), Poland (Krakov), Canada (Montreal), Uzbekistan (Urgench), and conducted research in various other places.

Kristof is currently Associate Professor in Planning, Governance & Development at the University of Alberta (Faculty of Extension), Visiting Associate Professor Strategic Communication at Wageningen University and Research Fellow at Bonn University’s Center for Development Research/ ZEF. Previously, he taught at Minnesota State Universites- St Cloud, and held visiting positions at McGill University, Krakov Agricultural University, Bonn University and Wageningen University’s Planning Department.

He analyzes evolution and innovation in governance, especially in the fields of environmental governance, planning and development. Geographically, his work covers Eastern Europe and Central Asia, the Low Countries and the Americas. Among other things, he published on governance evolutions, citizen participation, institutional design & development, heritage & memory in planning and design, on environmental policy, planning and design, in various journals, among which can be noted Public Administration, Administration & Society, Environmental Values, Planning Theory, Land Use Policy, Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, Memory Studies, Anthropology of East Europe Review, Planning Perspectives and Place Branding & Public Diplomacy.

He wrote many book chapters in edited volumes, and edited and wrote several books (See Publications). He is a regular contributor to Dutch landscape planning and design journal Blauwe Kamer, a Fellow at Wageningen University (Wageningen School of Social Sciences), and secretary of Silk Road Research, a foundation based in the Netherlands, established to stimulate research on space and culture in Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia.

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