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 Associate Professor in Social Work and Social Policy (professor in sociaal werk en sociaal beleid) affiliated with the Centre for Sociological Research (CESO) at the University of Leuven. From October till December 2017 I was a Visiting Fellow in the Centre for the Analysis of Social Exclusion (CASE) at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).

My main research topics are social and family policies, poverty and social inequality, the design and effectiveness of social policy measures, the social investment state, and the effectiveness of social work interventions. I have also published on 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.

With Griet Roets (Ghent University), I organise the Permanente Vorming Armoede & Participate, an educational programme for professionals who want to deepen their knowledge of poverty and policy strategies to combat poverty.

With Rense Nieuwenhuis (Stockholm University), I edited the Palgrave Handbook of Family Policy, which is available open access.

Together with colleagues from the University of Antwerp, the University of Leuven and the London School of Economics and Political Science, I found the COVIVAT research consortium, with the aim to model the social and economic impact of the policy responses to the Covid-19 pandemic in Belgium.

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The Palgrave Handbook of Family Policy

The Palgrave Handbook of Family Policy

Leading Social Policy Analysis from the Front

Liber Amicorum Wim van Oorschot

Waarom gele hesjes niet met een bakfiets rijden

Waarom gele hesjes niet met een bakfiets rijden: over klimaatverandering, ongelijkheid en beleid