I am a Senior Research Officer at the Institute for New Economic Thinking at the Oxford Martin School (University of Oxford), where I’m involved in the ‘Employment, Equity and Growth Programme’ and a senior research fellow of the Herman Deleeck Centre for Social Policy (University of Antwerp), where I direct research on poverty and social protection. My research topics include the definition and measurement of poverty and human needs in high-income countries, inequality, the adequacy and effectiveness of social policies, as well as environmental sustainability and the welfare state. At this moment, I am developing a research agenda on inequality, poverty and climate change. My research includes both quantitative and qualitative approaches, and is mostly aimed at cross-country comparative analysis, with a particular interest in methodological issues. Previously, I taught ‘Society, Public Policy and Evaluation’ at the University of Antwerp and ‘Social Policy in the EU and the Role of the EU’ at KU Leuven. I am Editor of the European Journal of Social Security (with Catherine Jacqueson), and co-Chair of the EU Platform on Reference Budgets.


My current research projects include:

* Principal investigator/Coordinator of the TAKE project on investigating and mitigating non-take up of social policies in Belgium
* Co-Principal investigator/Co-Coordinator of the Belgian SUSPENS project on reconciling environmental and social goals (with Gerlinde Verbist)
* Team leader of the Antwerp team for the H2020 project ‘Integrating Research Infrastructure for European expertise on Inclusive Growth‘ (InGRID – 2)

* Expert Member of Net-SILC 3, with a work package on the comparability of the income variables in EU-SILC, the EU Survey on Income and Living Conditions

On these pages I bring together some of the output of my current and previous projects. Please do not hesitate to contact me should you have further questions or suggestions, or if you cannot access a paper.