Stijn Oosterlynck is Associate Professor in Urban Sociology at the University of Antwerp.

He teaches courses on urban studies, poverty and social inequality. The focus of his research is on local social innovation and welfare state restructuring, the political sociology of urban development, urban renewal and community building and new forms of solidarity in diversity. He currently coordinates a large-scale research project on solidarity in diversity (DieGem, IWT-SBO), is involved in several European collaborative research projects (ImPRovE, EU FP7 and Divercities, EU FP7) and is a partner in the Flemish Policy Research Centers on Spatial Planning (DURV, Flemish government) and on Poverty (VLAS, Flemish government).

Stijn Oosterlynck strongly believes that academic research should contribute to society and values interaction with civil society and policy makers. He is a regular speaker at workshops, debates and conferences organized by social organisations and public institutions for a broad, non-academic audience.