Picture by Koichi Hirose

Picture by Koichi Hirose.

Hi there.¬†I am a multimedia specialist turned social scientist, holding a bachelor’s degree in Multimedia and Communication Technology (University College West-Flanders) and a master’s degree in Political Sciences (Ghent University). Currently I work as an Assistant Professor in Social Work and Social Policy affiliated with the Centre for Sociological Research (CESO) at the University of Leuven. I am also affiliated with the Herman Deleeck Centre for Social Policy at the University of Antwerp (Belgium) as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow of the Research Foundation Flanders (FWO).

My main research topics are family policy (childcare, parental leave and child benefits) and its social distribution, poverty and social inequality, the design and effectiveness of social policy measures, the social investment state, and effectiveness of social work measures. I have also published on and written about basic income, labour market participation, in-work poverty, European social policy, and the welfare state sensu lato. Click here for a list of research projects I have been working on. I am also happy to supervise students on any of these topics or to collaborate with other scholars. Please let me know if you’re interested.

Journal articles have appeared in Journal of European Social Policy, Acta Sociologica, Journal of Social Policy, Social Science Research, International Journal of Social Welfare and Journal of European Public Policy amongst others. Book chapters have appeared with Oxford University Press, Edward Elgar, and Palgrave. Click here for my full publication list.

Together with Wouter Ryckbosch I have founded the collaborative academic blog De Ivoren Toren (in dutch), on which I regularly post on issues relating to social policy, poverty and inequality.

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