I am senior researcher working in the area of poverty, inequality and social policy, at the Herman Deleeck Centre for Social Policy (University of Antwerp). From January till April 2017 I was an Academic Visitor at INET, Oxford Martin School, and the Department of Social Policy and Intervention (University of Oxford). My main research question is about how we can understand and measure poverty in a comparable way in diverse social, economic, institutional and cultural settings and which implications this has for policies oriented at reducing poverty. Apart from that, my research interests include the adequacy of social policies, and in particular minimum income protection for the elderly; as well as the social impact of the interactions between social and environmental policies. My research includes both quantitative and qualitative approaches, and is mostly oriented to 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.
My current research projects include:
* 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
* 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)
* Country team leader of the Flemish SHARE team (“Survey on Health and Retirement in Europe“)
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.