Ties is consultant within the regional and urban development team at IDEA Consult. He has a master of international and comparative politics (University of Antwerp), with an additional degree in Urban Management at Erasmus University Rotterdam. Prior to joining IDEA Consult, he worked at the University of Antwerp where he worked on a doctoral thesis on economic strategies and regional governments. He then gained experience as an expert in spatial economics at the Business & Innovation department of the city of Antwerp.
Ties is familiar with local policy practice and the regional economic landscape in Flanders and Europe. He also acts as guest lecturer 'Urban and Regional Economics' at University of Antwerp.