Julien Vincelot

Urban95 Coordinator, Bernard van Leer Foundation

Julien is an engaged and curious thinker, fascinated by the intersection of spatial planning and human well-being. He is always eager to dive into collective ideation, strategising, testing, and learning. He is currently exploring how to best combine data-driven learning processes with empathy-building to achieve greater space consciousness, leading to improved human experience in urban spaces. 

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 a Dual MSc in Urban Policy from the London School of Economics & Political Science and SciencesPo Paris and a BA in International and Political Sciences from SciencesPo Paris’ Europe-Asia programme. He has spent a year 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, Landscape Architecture Frontiers, and Early Childhood Matters.

Julien is originally from France and has professional and academic experience in India, China, France, Mexico, the United Kingdom, and the Netherlands.

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