Toha De Brant

Toha is an Osmos expert bringing the network expertise in anthropology and years of practical experience with community building, advocacy and grass-roots development. As a passionate photographer, she also supports the team with documentation of events.

Studying anthropology and urban geography (University of Utrecht and University of Monash), Toha became a process facilitator and project manager at BRAL, a citizen action group focused on social and environmental issues in Brussels. This exposed her to the complexity of urban planning, particularly in terms of the unintended consequences of development. In the meantime, she was involved in supporting a number of community-based and grass-roots organisations across Brussels associated with temporary use projects and food. After years of confronting large and complex challenges, she shifted to an early passion for art and developed her talents in photography. More recently she has combined both her knowledge in anthropology and her love for photography through community art projects.

 

Toha has a special interest in how the infrastructure of public space can foster communities.  Furthermore, she is interested in urban spaces in transition and sustainable living.

Education
  • Photography – Academie Beeldende Kunsten Anderlecht (BE)
  • MSc Urban Geography – Utrecht University (NL)
  • BArts Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology – Utrecht University (NL)
  • Cultural Anthropology (course credits) – University of Monash (AU)
Professional experience
  • Freelance process Facilitator & Project Manager – Endeavour (BE)
  • Freelance Photographer – Toha De Brant Photography (BE)
  • Process Facilitator & Project Manager – Urban Development & Citizen Participation – BRAL | Citizens Action Brussels (BE)
  • Freelance researcher: social impact research – Sociale Innovatie Fabriek (BE)

Expertise

Language skills

Dutch (native speaker)

English (fluent speaking and writing)

French (fluent speaking and writing)

Italian (proficient speaking and writing)

German (proficient speaking)

Toha's insights

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