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  • Professor dr. Tom Vanwing is the founder of LOCI and full professor at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Faculty of Psychology & Educational Sciences, Department Educational Sciences (EDWE). He studied Marketing and Informal Educational Sciences (Andragology), in which he made a Ph.D. on professionalization and innovation in non-formal educational settings, with a focus on community development. He also co-founded the Brussels folkhighschool Citizenne (www.citizenne.be) and the Master in Education and Research for Sustainable Development at the Anton De Kom University of Suriname. His main research interest involves contemporary developmental issues and transitions with a scope on ‘communities’ through an intersectional approach, often in cooperation with other disciplines, such as engineering, biology, economy & policy management. Groups, communities & configurations can be seen as an ‘eco-system’, in continuous interaction with their physical (natural, urban, rural), economical and societal environment. It is the study of this dynamic that often gains new insights & alternatives for the social quality of live.

    He teaches (amongst other) Andragology; Management & Innovation for the social & non profit; Sustainable Development: Educational theories and International Policy; Community Development: discourse, theories and paradigms; Social and cultural transition strategies for Sustainability and Development; System Thinking in Education.

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