Hans Leinfelder

Hans Leinfelder is an associate professor in the master program in urbanism and spatial planning and vice-dean of education at the Faculty of Architecture of KU Leuven-Belgium. He is a bioscience engineer and spatial planner with a PhD in engineering sciences. Professionally he has commuted between academic research at Ghent University (1992-1996 and 2002-2010) and KU Leuven (2014- now), and policy making at the Flemish Government (1996-2002 and 2010-2014). His academic research focuses on substantive and instrumental aspects of planning policy, with a preference for planning challenges in peri-urban open spaces and the translation of societal challenges into the best suited planning policy instruments.


  • Open space
  • Planning instruments
  • Planning policy
  • Planning without growth