About BRIO

BRIO’s main objective is to increase knowledge about Brussels and its surrounding municipalities through scientific, interdisciplinary and policy supporting research by

>> initiating, developing and distributing scientific research
>> promoting research cooperation and information exchange

Looking for information and research data on Brussels?

Aside from performing research projects, BRIO has also developed this website as a virtual information and documentation centre, a central hub for scientific research, policy information, publications and statistics regarding Brussels. The BRIO Search function helps you filter through the abundance of data to locate the most relevant source of information. This database provides an overview of all scientific data on Brussels: research publications and analyses, but also internal research reports and theses, primary sources and statistics.The BRIO Search function provides quick and easy access to this wealth of information.If a digital version of the document is available, you can download it immediately – in other cases, an external link leads to further information. The BRIO Search function is, in other words, both a bibliography and a virtual library for Brussels.

The figures section allows you to look up any key figures on Brussels and provides an overview of other websites offering statistical data on Brussels

A lot of information is currently fragmented or even unknown. By making it more accessible, BRIO wants to help spread knowledge about Brussels and in doing so, broadening the general view on Brussels. This is why it focuses on the so-called social sciences, i.e. information of a politico-institutional and legal, socio-linguistic, politico-economic and financial, socio-geographic and demographic nature. More in particular, www.briobrussel.be provides you with information on political institutions and authorities, elections and parties, civil society and the socio-cultural sector, education, healthcare and welfare, but also on socio-economic evolutions, mobility, safety and public infrastructure, including both analyses and figures – in short, anything related to Brussels. Here, you can find annual reports by Brussels institutions and civil society organisations, but the database also contains literary publications and more.

Cooperative Research

From the very beginning, the research group prioritised a multidisciplinary approach and networking with national and international researchers and teams. BRIO cooperates with the Urban Studies Network (USN, previously Stadsplatform) and the Brussels Studies Institute (BSI) and participates in many other network. more information >>


BRIO was established in May 2005 with the support of the Flemish Government and in cooperation with the Flemish Community Commission as a consortium of research groups from Flemish university associations in Brussels.The Centre for the Interdisciplinary Study of Brussels of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel and the Study Centre for Enterprise of the HUBrussels were the basis for this initiative. Drawing from this academic heritage, BRIO today represents over 30 years of scientific research on Brussels. >> more history

On 19 June 2007, the BRIO website was presented to the public with the launch of the communications campaign A Better Look at Brussels, the slogan used by the Flemish Government to unveil www.briobrussel.be. You can download the leaflet and other promotional material distributed during this campaign here (Dutch pdf only): the leaflet, the press release, the advert and the poster.

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