I am Senior research fellow of the Herman Deleeck Centre for Social Policy (University of Antwerp), where I direct research on poverty and social protection, and Associate Member of 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’. My research topics include the definition and measurement of poverty and human needs in high-income countries, the adequacy and effectiveness of social policies, as well as environmental sustainability and the welfare state. My research includes both quantitative and qualitative approaches, and is mostly aimed at cross-country comparative analysis, with a particular interest in methodological issues. I am the principal investigator and consortium leader of the TAKE project, which is a 6-year in-depth study on the non-take up of social policies in Belgium. 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 former co-Chair of the EU Platform on Reference Budgets.


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.