Dr. David Bassens
David Bassens (°1983, Brugge) holds a PhD in Sciences: Geography (Ghent University, 2011), a Master's degree in Geography (Ghent University, 2005), and a Master's degree in Social and Cultural Anthropology (Catholic University of Leuven, 2007).
He has been a researcher at the Social and Economic Geography research group at Ghent University since October 2007. From October to December 2007 he worked as a researcher for 'Steunpunt Ruimte & Wonen'. Since January 2008 he is employed on a four-year FWO-project entitled 'Globalization Revisited: The Relationship between Global Commodity Chains and Urban Networks'. In this context David's research focuses on 'alternative' world city networks, such as the ones supported by the fast-growing Islamic financial services sector. Steering away from a 'Western' dominance in world city theories, he aims to add empirical depth to newly arising lines of research on urbanization and globalization in non-core regions of the world economy, with a focus on Gulf cities in particular. Furthermore, since 2008 he is a member of the editorial board of AGORA Magazine, a Dutch-Belgian journal on socio-spatial issues. David is also a research fellow of the Globalization and World Cities (GaWC) Research Network, which is based in Loughborough, Ghent, and Beijing.