Professor of sociology of art and politics at the Antwerp Research Institute for the Arts (Antwerp University – Belgium) where he leads the Culture Commons Quest Office (CCQO). Gielen is deitor of the international book series Antennae – Arts in Society (Valiz). In 2016 he became laureate of the Odysseus grant for excellent international scientific research of the Fund for Scientific Research Flanders in Belgium. Gielen has published many books which are translated in English, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Turkish and Ukrainian.
His research focuses on creative labour, the common, urban and cultural politics. Gielen works and lives in Antwerp, Belgium.