Maya van Leemput attained a Ph.D. from the University of Westminster, for her research on “Visions of the Future on Television.” in 2001. As a professional futurist she combines research and consultancy with a creative multi-media practice. This year she started working part-time as senior researcher at the Erasmus Hogeschool to set up the new Knowledge centre for Applied Futures Research – Open Time .
Her activities gravitate towards the themes of media, culture, arts, (cross-cultural) communication, development, science and technology in society and urban environments. Her work is based in critical theory on alternative futures with experimental, creative and participatory approaches.
Since 1999 she partners with visual artist Bram Goots on Agence Future (AF), a long-term independent project for exploring images of the future through conversation and intercultural experiment that started with a field journey in 25 countries on five continents. Meanwhile, video-documents and exhibitions produced with AF treated historical images of the future, professional futures orientations in Belgium, media futures and images of the futures in disadvantaged communities. In 2011 Agence Future VZW was established as a non-profit association with a dozen active members. The association recently completed the three-year exchange project Maono which brought students from Brussels (Belgium) and Lubumbashi (Democratic Republic of Congo) together with Congolese artists for the co-creation of images of the future.
In 2005 Maya developed a two-year research project at the Free University of Brussels (VUB) for the Prospective Research programme of the Brussels Capital Region with an analysis of the futures orientation of non-profit, private and institutional actors in Brussels. This led on to a broad range of commissioned work on different subjects: for the King Baudouin Foundation, for the Flemish parliament’s Society and Technology Institute and European Parliamentary Technology Assessment (EPTA), for the European Commission (DG CONNECT) and the European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST). She also counts many cultural and artistic organisations among her clients, a.o. Constant vzw, Prospekta, CultuurNet, le Reseaux des Arts de Bruxelles.
Credits (c)image: Bram Goots