17 January 2020, Tokyo — The United Nations University (UNU) is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr Philippe De Lombaerde as Director ad interim of the UNU Institute on Comparative Regional Integration Studies (UNU-CRIS), effective 1 January 2020.
UNU-CRIS conducts research to effect policy change on issues of regional integration and explores challenges inherent in maintaining public goods, including peace and stability. The institute, located in Bruges, Belgium, and supported by the Government of Flanders (Kingdom of Belgium), is operating in close partnership with the Free University of Brussels and the University of Ghent.
As the Director ad interim, Dr De Lombaerde guides the focus, structure, and administration of UNU-CRIS. He succeeds Professor Madeleine O. Hosli.
“I’m delighted to welcome Philippe back to the UNU family as Director ad interim of UNU-CRIS”, said UNU Rector and UN Under-Secretary-General David M. Malone. “I’m confident that his experience and expertise paired with the excellent cooperation with our partner universities will enhance the Institute’s profile in the heart of Europe.”
Since 2016, Dr De Lombaerde has been Associate Professor of International Economics at Neoma Business School (Reims‒Rouen‒Paris). Prior to that, he has been engaged with UNU-CRIS as an Associate Director (2008–2016) and as a Research Fellow (2002–2008).
His long career in academia includes appointments as Associate Professor of International Economics at the National University of Colombia (Bogotá; 1997–2004), Researcher and Lecturer at the University of Antwerp (1985–1993 and 1999‒2002), and Researcher at the National Institute of Development Administration (Bangkok; 1993–1994). Dr De Lombaerde also has participated in numerous policy research and consultancy projects for European, Asian, and South American governments and for multiple agencies of the United Nations and other international organisations.
Dr De Lombaerde studied economics, econometrics, and political science at universities in Ghent, Brussels, Antwerp, and Aachen, and holds a PhD from Rhenish-Westphalian Technical University.
He is co-author and co-editor of several books, most recently Indicator-Based Monitoring of Regional Economic Integration (Springer, 2017) and The Political Economy of New Regionalisms in the Pacific Rim (Routledge, 2019), and has published dozens of articles in peer-reviewed journals.
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