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Francis Turkelboom

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Herman Teirlinckgebouw, Havenlaan 88 bus 73
7de
1000
Brussel
Belgium

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Mobile: 0496 33 08 90

Research expertise

Francis Turkelboom is a senior researcher at the Research Institute for Nature and Forest (INBO, Brussels), which conducts research and supplies knowledge to all those who prepare or make policies or are interested in them as a stakeholder. Francis is member of the research team Nature & Society, which is an interdisciplinary team focussing on social aspects of nature-society interactions. His research is focusing on integrating the ecosystem services (ES) concept in local spatial planning.  For that purpose, he is testing and improving tools for stakeholder analysis, social valuation, trade-offs, socio-ecological systems and multi-stakeholder participation.  The types of environments where most of his research takes place are rural areas and river valleys. The main partners for this research are government agencies (VLM, ANB, VMM, province administrations, municipalities), boundary organizations (e.g. Regional Landscapes) and civil society organizations (e.g. Natuurpunt).  His research is predominantly grounded in local case studies, with the aim to develop approaches and options which can be used by planners, administrations and policy makers. Before INBO, he worked overseas (Thailand, Bhutan, Syria) on natural resources management in mountainous or dry agricultural systems.  He obtained a PhD in applied Biological Sciences at the KULeuven (Belgium).

Research expertise

Francis Turkelboom is a senior researcher at the Institute for Nature and Forest Research (INBO, Brussels). INBO conducts research and supplies knowledge to all who prepare policy or are involved in planning and management. Francis is a member of the research team Nature & Society, an interdisciplinary team that focuses on social research aspects of nature and society interactions.

His research aims to strengthen participatory and sustainable multifunctional spatial planning. For this purpose, he often uses the concepts of ecosystem services (ES) and socio-ecological systems. He tests and improves methods for stakeholder analysis, social valuation, trade-off and synergy analysis, and decision support, which are always adapted for participatory and deliberative processes. His research is based on local case studies in rural areas and river valleys. The aim of the case study research is to develop generic lessons and approaches that can be used by planners, administrations and policy makers. The most important partners for this research are government agencies (VLM, ANB, VMM, provincial authorities, municipalities), boundary organizations (e.g. Regionale landschappen) and civil society organizations (e.g. Natuurpunt). Before INBO he conducted research abroad (Thailand, Bhutan, Syria) on the sustainable management of natural resources in mountainous and drylands. He holds a PhD in applied biological sciences from the K.U.Leuven (Belgium).

Education/Academic qualification

  • PhD., Agiculture Engineer

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