Leonce Maria Bekemans

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Léonce Bekemans (BA in Philosophy, MA in International Studies and PhD in International Economics) has an international profile and interdisciplinary academic background with a broad and long-lasting research and multi-lingual teaching/research experience in European studies and an international publication record. He has been for 10 years professor at the College of Europe and worked for various European institutes with combined teaching, research and management responsibilities. His main research interests relate to the broad area of value-oriented integration studies with a focus on the relations between economy, polity, culture and society from a global, European and local perspective and their wider societal impact.

He is professor and holds the Jean Monnet Chair ad personam “Globalisation, Europeanisation, Human Development” at the University of Padua (It) and is the academic coordinator of its Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence “Intercultural dialogue, Human Rights and Multi-level Governance”, a formally acknowledged success story of the EU Jean Monnet programme and collaborates with the University’s Human Rights Centre. He is visiting professor at various European universities, an appreciated speaker at international conferences and an expert to the Council of Europe, Unesco, the EU, Committee of the Regions and Anna Lindh Foundation in relation to European education, intercultural dialogue and multi-level governance issues. He is also the president of Europahuis “Ryckevelde”, a not-for-profit organisation dealing with European citizenship in Bruges (B). He has written many articles and edited/published books on various European related issues. His most recent publications are “Intercultural Dialogue and Multi-level Governance. A Human Rights Based Approach” (Sept. 2012), “A Value Driven European Future” (Nov. 2012), and “Globalisation vs Europeanisation: A Human-centric Interaction” (Sept. 2013), all published with Peter Lang, International Academic Publishers. He is the director of the Series “Europe of Cultures” (subseries “Europe of Dialogues” and “Europe of Living Stories”), published by Peter Lang, International Academic Publishers. He is also member of various international scientific and advisory boards.
City/town:Bruges, Belgium