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Baert

Thierry

Baert

Validated Lead Expert

Generic Skills

B.1. Understanding of integrated and sustainable urban development: 
With the exception of the two first years, my whole professional life has been devoted to integrated and sustainable urban and regional development. As a urban developer ( "aménageur") first , as a estate developer then, and finally as a planner and "urbanist". I had thus to design, plan, implement and monitor different urban development projets, the majority of which were integrating various fields of intervention: physical, economic, social,... They were all located in urban regeneration areas, and especially in deprived neighbourhoods. I had also to help to design and implement urban development strategies at local and/or metropolitan scales, including the creation and management of new governance instruments.
B1. Assessment: 
1 - validated. Demonstrated wide experience with integrated and sustainable urban development.
B.2. Understanding of exchange and learning processes at transnational level: 
Since the idle of the '90 I've been involved in many exchanges at European level. I chaired the Economic development and urban regeneration committee (EDURC) of the Eurocities network (1998-2000) and its WG on metropolitan governance ( 2010-2012) I designed and managed ( lead partner) several exchange projects under the INTERREG and URBACT programmes , including the "working party on urban regeneration in NW Europe" (6 cities from 4 MS), the "URBACT Culture" network (16 cities from 10 MS) and the "Joining forces" WG ( 8 cities from 8 MS). I was invited to take part in various expertise missions by the OECD, and in several initiatives by the EU Commission ( Cities of tomorrow, Rurban, ,...).
B2. Assessment: 
1 - validated. Provided more than one significant transnational activity that demonstrates understanding of exchange and learning processes at transnational level.
B.3. Proficiency in English: 
I've been involved for two decades in many European projects, networks and expertise missions, the majority of which were only using - spoken and written - English. Some others were bilingual: English-French or Italian-English. I also had the opportunity to lead some projects and networks including English native speakers and I took part in some purely British conferences and other events, this including speeches for a public audience. I'm also teaching in English for a master degree developed within the Lille university.
B3. Assessment: 
1 - validated. Sufficient proficiency in English.

Expertise for the design and delivery of transnational exchange and learning activities:

C.3.1. Ability to communicate complex concepts to non-English speakers: 
As already exposed here above language skill is an important issue, but the use of English terms for describing practices or even concept that are not existing in proper English is another one. One of the solutions I found was to propose the participation of two persons by city/organisation member: this allows in many case to mix persons involved in European exchanges (and thus fluent in Euro-English) and others that are more field experts (potentially with very limited skills in professional English). The involvement of thematic experts, with multicultural background, i.e. not only skilled enough to master the issue(s) at stake, but also able as I am, to translate afterwards a summary of what has been said in various languages, is another solution I used In all case I used my position as expert or lead partner to make people reformulate their sentences when it was clear that a part of the group was not following what was said. Further to this, I tried to encourage the use of visual presentations that are always better than long speeches; even for people with good language skills. I use photos, sometimes videos, maps, plans, graphs, sketches etc.
C3.1 Assessment: 
1 - Provided relevant example that demonstrates ability to communicate complex concepts to non-English speakers
C.3.2. Ability to draw out, support the verbalization and documentation of knowledge and practice from participants: 
This has always been at the core of my activity as chair of Committee, as lead partner or expert in European exchange projects. No exchange project cans be considered as successful if it is not achieving his. I devoted in all projects I was leading quite a substantial part of the activities in helping partners to select;, describe and present the most relevant practices they were developing. Various possibilities were used to enable comparisons, exchanges and cros fertilization : - “live” presentation from study visits to meeting with the persons in charge of the implementation - Verbal presentations by partners during thematic seminars - Proforma description files and other harmonised case study descriptions - Etc. In all projects I tried to favour the use of visual support: photo, video etc. I even involved a professional photographer (the now world recognised young artist Anna Katherina Scheidegger) in one of my projects (URBACT Culture) . However, further to the written documents, external communication was mainly based on powerpoint presentations
C3.2 Assessment: 
1 - Provided two relevant examples that demonstrate the ability to draw out, support the verbalization and documentation of knowledge and practice from participants to enable comparison, exchange, peer review, etc
C.3.3. Ability to capture learning for participants to take away: 
This is another core concern for a lead partner or expert: capturing the most interesting/innovative practices and presenting them in a way that enable them to be widely shared. However it is important to take into account that a local experience that can be seen as innovative in a specific context can appear to be rather “mainstream” in another one, but can also be considered as totally irrelevant in a third one. There are actually few instruments that for, it is rather a matter of experience in both European wide knowledge and effective local practice. It must also be taken into account that a balanced partnership as the ones we want to develop supposes that every partner/city have something to “teach” to the other ones. In this respect a wide range of different documents were produces, furtherto the besline studies : - compendia of detailed case studies - summarized cae studies - thematic reports - conclusions and recommendations report ( in various langugaes) - position papers - articles and/or speciula issues of professional journals - exhibitions - harmonised powerpoint presentations Every time it was possible a specific visual identity was created for the project by a professional designer
C3.3 Assessment: 
1 - Provided two relevant examples that demonstrate the ability to capture learning for participants to take away
C.3.4. Ability to produce concise reports that incorporate good practices and policy messages: 
Some examples of documents produced: - Working party on urban regeneration in NW Europe: (Few documents are available on line) revue Urbanisme special issue n°16 http://www.urbanisme.fr/shop/collection.php?page=3&type=special - URBACT Culture: http://www.mdrl.ro/urbactII/urbact/projects/cultural_activities/synt1.html http://www.cidadeimaginaria.org/cc/CultureIndustriescreatives.pdf http://www.cses.co.uk/publications/Culture/WS%202%20Lille%20metropole.pdf http://www.academia.edu/4276852/Culture_et_régénération_urbaine._Resultats_et_conclusions_sur_la_perspective_économique http://www.ville.gouv.fr/IMG/pdf/urbact-villes-culture-2008_cle16a848.pdf - Joining forces: http://urbact.eu/joining-forces http://urbact.eu/library?f%5B0%5D=field_network_reference_multiple%3A922
C3.4 Assessment: 
1 - Provided more than two examples that demonstrate the ability to produce concise reports that incorporate good practices and policy messages
Summary Expertise for the design and delivery of transnational exchange and learning activities: 
I’ve developed a large experience in designing, setting up and managing transnational exchange and learning activities. Lead partner in several European city networks (under the INTERREG and URBACT programmes). Chair of working groups and committees within the Eurocities network. Expertise on urban and regional development for the OECD. Participation in various missions, exchange seminars or other events for Member states agencies, the EU Commission, etc.
Assessment: 
Applicant scored for C1: 3/3; C2: 3/4; C3: 4/4. The applicant is validated for C, the applicant showed expertise inthe design and delivery of transnational exchange and learning activities.

Thematic expertise:

Theme / Policy: 
Urban Strategic Planning
D.1. Deep knowledge on the selected theme and related policy challenges, including up to date practice, research, etc.: 
I've been practicing for 25 years in the Metropolitan Lille urban development and planning agency where I was involved both in the traditional planning exercises at metropolitan scale, and in more innovative approaches to the issue, such as urban regeneration strategies including new fields( role of culture, that of the higher education, ..) and regional cooperation ( cross border and/or at functional area level). I was involved in some research activities, mainly with the Lille university, but also with other higher education structures.
D1 Assessment: 
1- Demonstrated more than two years of experience in having deep knowledge on the selected theme and related policy challenges, including up to date practice, research, etc..
D.2. Ability to produce thematic inputs to feed in the learning process of in projects in which you have been involved: 
Even if my activity was rather devoted to the Lille region, I produced a number of papers and articles for an international audience, and managed the production of some more extensive publications. Alone :- Lille Metropole: a European city by nature and by choice in The Europeanization of cities : policies, urban changes & urban networks - Techne Press Amsterdam 2010 - A cross-border approach to city-region (metropolitan) policies: the case of Lille Metropole Urban Research & Practice vol.1 issue 2 Routledge - London 2008- La città eurometropolitana di Lille - ReCS -Florence 2008- The Urban Regeneration of Lille - Le renouveau urbain de Lille- ADULM - Lille 2006 as Editor:- Atlas de l'Aire métropolitaine de Lille/ from the Lille Metropolitan area/ van de Metropolitaan Gebied Lille - ADU Lille métropole - ISBN 978-2-7466-4145-7 - 2012 and many others as a contributor.
D2 Assessment: 
1 - Provided more than two valid examples that demonstrate the ability to produce thematic inputs to feed in the learning process in projects in which he/she has been involved.
D.3. Ability to produce concise reports that incorporate learning from exchange & learning activities, put forward good practice: 
As expert in mission for the OECD, I produced reports for regional or national authorities. As lead partner in URBACT or INTERREG networks, I produced ( often in cooperation with other experts or partners) Conclusions and recommendation reports. As chair of Eurocities WGs or Committee, I wrote down reports, surveys and positions papers. In all cases I also selected and described examples of good practices.
D3 Assessment: 
1 - Provided more than two examples that demonstrate the ability to produce concise reports that incorporate learning from exchange and learning activities, put forward good practice and policy messages targeting city practitioners and urban policy-makers (for participants as well as for an external audience). The answer should be supplemented with the titles of the specific examples of reports.
D.4. Understanding of how to maximize the use of project results for benefits in capitalization, policy design, awarenes: 
I always managed to make the outcomes of our exchange projects known in decision-making circles, locally, nationally and at European level. For what concerns the capitalization process in I cannot put forward my expertise on this field. Even if I've always been concerned with this issue, my role has tended to be relatively limited in such fields.
D4 Assessment: 
1 - Provided more than two example that demonstrate the ability to produce concise reports that incorporate learning from exchange and learning activities, put forward good practice and policy messages targeting city practitioners and urban policy-makers (for participants as well as for an external audience).
Summary Thematic expertise: 
I've been managing (or directly involved in) the production of strategic planning instruments in Lille and its cross border metropolitan region for the last 25 years. In parallel, I had the opportunity to be involved or to develop exchange activities with a wide range of other European cities, on issues directly related with strategic planning such as urban regeneration, metropolitan governance, ... I was also asked to take part in several expertise mission on these issues in other European countries and regions.
Assessment: 
Aplpicant scored 4/4 and is validated for D. Summary is coherent with the replies but it should be more detailed.
Theme / Policy: 
Integrated Urban Renewal
D.1. Deep knowledge on the selected theme and related policy challenges, including up to date practice, research, etc.: 
I've been practicing for 25 years in the Metropolitan Lille urban development and planning agency where I was involved both in the traditional planning exercises at metropolitan scale, and in more innovative approaches to the issue, such as Urban regeneration strategies including new fields (role of culture, that of the higher education, ..) and regional cooperation (cross border and/or at functional area level). Prior to this, I had been involved in regeneration schemes for deprived areas In Lille and elsewhere in the Nord - Pas de Calais region.
D1 Assessment: 
1- Demonstrated more than two years of experience in having deep knowledge on the selected theme and related policy challenges, including up to date practice, research, etc.
D.2. Ability to produce thematic inputs to feed in the learning process of in projects in which you have been involved: 
Even if my activity was rather devoted to the Lille region, I produced a number of papers and articles for an international audience, and managed the production of some more extensive publications. Alone : - Lille Metropole: a European city by nature and by choice in The Europeanization of cities : policies, urban changes & urban networks - Techne Press Amsterdam 2010 - A cross-border approach to city-region (metropolitan) policies: the case of Lille Metropole Urban Research & Practice vol.1 issue 2 Routledge - London 2008 - La città eurometropolitana di Lille - ReCS -Florence 2008 - The Urban Regeneration of Lille - Le renouveau urbain de Lille- ADULM - Lille 2006 as Editor: - Atlas de l'Aire métropolitaine de Lille/ from the Lille Metropolitan area/ van de Metropolitaan Gebied Lille - ADU Lille métropole - ISBN 978-2-7466-4145-7 - 2012 and many others as a contributor
D2 Assessment: 
1 - Provided more than two valid examples that demonstrate the ability to produce thematic inputs to feed in the learning process in projects in which he/she has been involved.
D.3. Ability to produce concise reports that incorporate learning from exchange & learning activities, put forward good practice: 
As expert in mission for the OECD, I produced reports for regional or national authorities. As lead partner in URBACT or INTERREG networks, I produced ( often in cooperation with other experts or partners) Conclusions and recommendation reports. As chair of Eurocities WGs or Committee, I wrote down reports, surveys and positions papers. In all cases I also selected and described examples of good practices.
D3 Assessment: 
1 - Provided more than two examples that demonstrate the ability to produce concise reports that incorporate learning from exchange and learning activities, put forward good practice and policy messages targeting city practitioners and urban policy-makers (for participants as well as for an external audience). The answer should be supplemented with the titles of the specific examples of reports.
D.4. Understanding of how to maximize the use of project results for benefits in capitalization, policy design, awarenes: 
I always managed to make the outcomes of our exchange projects known in decision-making circles, locally , nationally and at European level. For what concerns the capitalization process in I cannot put forward my expertise on this field. Even if I've always been concerned with this issue, my role has tended to be relatively limited in such fields.
D4 Assessment: 
0 - Provided less than one example that demonstrates an understanding of how to maximize the use of project results for strategic benefits in capitalization, policy design, awareness raising, etc.
Summary Thematic expertise: 
I've been directly involved in the production of urban regeneration strategies and instruments in Lille and its cross border metropolitan region for the last 25 years. In parallel, I had the opportunity to be involved or to develop exchange activities with a wide range of other European cities, on issues directly related with urban regeneration, including the role Culture can play in such processes. I add that I've been living for 15 years in the poorest municipality in France (Roubaix) and one of the most innovative in urban policies design and implementation. I always tried to be active in the local community.
Assessment: 
Applicant scored 3/4 and is validated for D. The summary is coherent with the replies, but it could be more detailed.
Theme / Policy: 
Local Governance

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Residence location:
France
Languages:
French - Mother tongue
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Email:
tbaert@nordnet.fr

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