Leen Govaerts has more than 15 years of experience in policy-oriented research on energy and sustainable urban development. At present she is leading the research unit Smart Energy and Built Environment dealing with sustainable energy and urban sustainability. Key research areas are long term energy strategies, energy district design and sustainable building concepts with living labs being a central concept in the research approach.
Leen Govaerts represents VITO in the board of Energyville, a research association on sustainable energy and cities between VITO, KULeuven and IMEC. She is involved in several international networks and has experience in coordinating several European research consortia. She is recognized expert on behalf of the Flemish Government to evaluate energy and sustainability aspects for renewal of urban districts.