Urban95 Coordinator, Bernard van Leer Foundation
Julien is passionate about ideas that connect disciplines with the aim of improving well-being, associated with a strong belief in the importance of data and empathy for efficient cross-sectoral collaboration. Julien currently works as Urban95 Coordinator at the Bernard van Leer Foundation, based in the Netherlands. The Urban95 programme connects early childhood development and urban planning, policy and design. Within the Urban95 program, he is involved with translating some elements of neuroscience (babies’ brain development) and behavioural science (related to caring for a young child) from the field of early childhood development into urban planning, policy and design, with the objective of improving child development outcomes for babies and toddlers living in urban environments. As coordinator for Urban95, he is involved in the development of strategy, advocacy, knowledge products and in providing technical assistance to city staff, urban planners and designers within the global Urban95 program. Julien holds an MSc in Regional and Urban Planning Studies from the London School of Economics, an MSc in Urban Policy from SciencesPo Paris and a BA in International and Political Sciences from SciencesPo Paris’ Europe-Asia program. He has spent a year of his Bachelor’s degree as an exchange student in Mandarin Chinese and Urban Development at Tsinghua University in Beijing. He has been the recipient of a field-research grant from the UK Royal Geographical Society with IBG for his MSc thesis entitled “bike-sharing revolutions in Shanghai: the impact of technological innovation on cycling as a social attribute.” He has also been published in Cities & Health Journal and Early Childhood Matters. Julien is originally from France, and has professional and/or academic experience in India, China, France, Mexico, the United Kingdom, and the Netherlands.