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Pieter Ballon

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Pieter Ballon is a Belgian management scientist specializing in smart cities.[1][2][3][4] He is a Professor in Communication Sciences at Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) and holder of the university’s academic Chair on Smart Cities.[5][6]


Ballon is the director of SMIT (Studies on Media, Innovation and Technologies), a research group that is affiliated with VUB and IMEC, and the scientific director of the Knowledge Centre Data & Society.[7][8] He is also the co-founder of the international Open & Agile Smart Cities (OASC) network and of the European Network of Living Labs (ENoLL).[9]

Ballon was general coordinator of the Smart Flanders programme and was named the first ‘Smart City Ambassador’ for the Brussels Capital Region.[10]


Ballon is the author of:

  • De stad is een boek: Over slimme steden, technologie en literatuur [The city is a book: On smart cities, technology and literature] (Lannoo, 2019)
  • Smart cities: Hoe technologie onze steden leefbaar houdt en slimmer maakt [How technology keeps our cities liveable and makes them smarter] (Lannoo, 2016)


  1. Bossuyt, Thomas (26 May 2017). "Een slimme stad, wat is dat eigenlijk?". www.techpulse.be. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  2. "App Wappr bereidt Antwerpenaar voor op komst van slimme stad". www.demorgen.be.
  3. Lammerse, Vivian (27 May 2016). "Smart city:hoort ook Amsterdam bij de steden van de toekomst". www.scientias.nl. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  4. Rousseau, Sebastien (7 March 2018). "Stad van sinjoren en sensoren". www.tijd.be. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  5. "Smart Cities". www.vub.be.
  6. "Pieter Ballon". www.smit.vub.ac.be.
  7. Fierens, Michiel; Ballon, Pieter (December 2019). "Vision Paper: Knowledge Centre Data & Society". www.lirias.kuleuven.be. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  8. "Moet wie 'De Warmste Week' bezoekt vrezen voor zijn privédata?". www.demorgen.be.
  9. "SPEAKERS 2019". www.2019.futuresummits.com.
  10. Ballon, Pieter (September 1, 2017). "Why privacy matters in push for smart nations". www.todayonline.com. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)

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