European Metropoles

Future European Metropoles –

Making urban life more sustainable


Topic Manager

Lijuan Klassen



Lukas Zielinski

Education-/Research Officer (Alumni Tutor)
UCM Scientific staff, University College Maastricht, Faculty of Humanities and Sciences
Maastricht University


Commission Representative

Oliver Baudelet

Team Leader
European Commission, DG Regional and Urban Policy

Olivier Baudelet joined the Commission in 1999 after a few years in in audit firm. Starting as an auditor in DG Agriculture and Rural Development and DG Regional and Urban Policy, he continued being in charge of programmes for innovation. Then, he worked in the unit dealing with European Territorial Cooperation (INTERREG) where he coordinated the EU Strategies for the Baltic Sea and Danube Regions. He continued in the policy unit of DG Maritime Affairs and Fisheries working on the Common Fisheries Policy. He is now back in DG Regional and Urban Policy, following social issues (education, employment, poverty, health, marginalised communities and social economy) and the Urban Innovative Actions (projects experimenting new urban policies). Olivier is French and German and has a background in Political Sciences and International Economics. (SOURCE)


Visiting Expert

Christian Scholl 

Post-doctoral Research Fellow
International Center for Integrated assessment and Sustainable development (ICIS)

Christian Scholl is a post-doctoral research fellow and coordinator of the Urb@Exp research project at the ICIS of Maastricht University. His research interests revolve around urban social movements and participatory democracy. Combined with a broad theoretical interest in political and democratic theories, urban and social movement studies, his expertise focuses on transnationalization processes, global and climate justice, social movements, participatory forms of governance, and social control in urban contexts. In his previous research, he examined urban dynamics and spatial aspects of anti-globalization protests in Europe and new forms of urban control. During his Marie-Curie funded post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Louvain, his research turned to the climate justice movement and its (dis-)continuities with the anti-globalization movement. In the Urb@Exp research project, he currently focuses on new forms of participatory urban governance and sustainable urban development. (SOURCE)

Évelyne Huytebroeck 

Minister of the Government of the Brussels-Capital Region, responsible for the Environment, Energy, Water Policy, Urban Renovation, Fire-fighting, Emergency Medical Assistance and Housing

Evelyne Huytebroek studied and worked as a journalist from 1980 to 1989. Since 1982 she is a member of the Belgian Green party Ecolo and from 1989 to 2002 she was elected regional MP (in the opposition). From 2002 to 2004 she was the co-president of the party and Minister for Environment, Energy, Urban Regeneration, Youth and Aid to Individuals from 2004 to 2014. In her capacity as regional minister, she sat in the European Environment Council, and participated in all the COP meetings as a negotiator. She also launched the “Brussels, Green European Capital” project, contributed to the Committee of Regions on questions of energy and sustainable cities, as well as the European Council (on matters of Youth) in collaboration with several Green MPs and ministers of Environment (Germany, Finland, Luxemburg…), and officials from major European cities. As the Vice-president of two city-networks from 2010 to 2015, Energycities and ICLEI (Local Governments for Sustainability), she has been actively involved from the beginning in the Covenant of Mayors. Today, she is working with them before the COP to push the issue of « sustainable cities » in the debate. In her view cities are the victims of climate change but are also an opportunity to give answers and solutions. (SOURCE)