After her master studies in Business Engineering (KULeuven), Hanne Lahousse was selected for the interdisciplinary and international master in European Urban Studies (VUB). During this two-year program, at the crossroads of sociology, geography, history, cultural studies, and humanistic urban studies, Hanne built up an international network of urban activists, scholars and social entrepreneurs.
She gained experience as Policy Advisor at the Department of Urban Policy at the Flemish government. After two years, she joined Growfunding, an emerging civic crowdfunding platform focusing on urban development in Brussels. Apart from data-analyses, Hanne is also responsible for project coaching and took up a leading role in the platform. Since 2018, she is responsible for the development of the international network of civic crowdfunding platforms.