Léonce Bekemans


Léonce Bekemans {MA in Economics and BA in Philosophy (Univ.Leuven), MA in International Studies (Bologna & Washington) and PhD in International Relations (EUI Florence/Univ. Leuven)} is the Jean Monnet Chair “Globalisation, Intercultural dialogue & inclusiveness in the EU” at the University of Padua (It) and the academic coordinator of its Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence “Intercultural dialogue, Human Rights & Multi-level Governance”. Currently, he is also visiting professor at the International University of Cataluña in Barcelona and the Opole University in Poland. Professor Bekemans teaches courses on globalisation, intercultural dialogue and multi-level governance from a European, value driven and interdisciplinary perspective. He is also president of “Ryckevelde”, a European and international Centre promoting European citizenship (Bruges, B) and Secretary-General of ECSA World (European Community Studies Association).

As an expert he collaborates with the Council of Europe, the European Union, the Committee of the Regions, the Anna Lindh Foundation (Alexandria/Egypt) and the European Training Foundation (Turin/It). He has directed and managed European financed projects. He is the author of many articles and has edited or co-edited many books. He co-edited “Intercultural Dialogue and Citizenship. Translating Values into Actions. A Common Project for Europeans and their partners” in 2007, a major reference book and the result of a large interuniversity Jean Monnet research project. He is the editor of two forthcoming publications with the International publishing House, P.I.E Peter Lang, i.e. “Intercultural Dialogue and Multi-level Governance in Europe: a human rights based approach” (April 2012) and “A value driven European future” (autumn 2012.). He is also co-director of the series “Europe of Cultures. He is a Belgian citizen, has lived and worked in various European countries; he is married and has one son.

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