Projects

Please find below an overview of the various projects in which I am or have been involved.

On-going projects (reversely sorted by starting date):

  • Third Network for the Analysis of EU-SILC (Net-SILC 3) more
  • Survey on Health, Ageing and Retirment in Europe (SHARE)
  • Reducing poverty through improving the take up of social benefits (TAKE) more
  • Towards a better understanding of the impact of public goods and services on poverty in Europe more
  • Reconciling environmental and social goals (SUSPENS) more

Completed projects (sorted by end date):

  • Inclusive Growth Research Infrastructure Diffusion (InGRID) more
  • A pre-publication on the update of the Belgian reference budgets for adequate social participation more
  • Poverty Reduction in Europe: Social Policy and Innovation (ImPRovE) more
  • Explorative study on an appropriate indicator to measure the affordability of water more
  • Second Network for the Analysis of EU-SILC (Net-SILC 2) more
  • Pilot project for the development of a common methodology on reference budgets (EU Reference Budgets Network project) more
  • Essays on poverty and minimum income protection for Europe’s elderly (PhD Project) more
  • Evaluation of the standard error estimations by Eurostat regarding the Belgian Europe 2020 poverty reduction indicators and formulation of methodological recommendations more
  • Are Europe’s Welfare States Converging Towards a Unified Social Model? (CONVERGE) more
  • Accurate Income Measurement for the Assessment of Public Policies (AIM-AP) more
  • Construction of a statistical system to replace the General Socio-Economic Survey 2001’ (Third Phase) more
  • Boundaries and Possibilities of the Poor as an Actor in the Belgian Poverty Policy Process more


Project: Third Network for the Analysis of EU-SILC (Net-SILC 3)

Timing: 01/04/2016-31/03/2020
Funder: Eurostat
Coordinator: Eric Marlier (LISER)
Budget: <100,000 EUR
Position: Expert Member / Work package leader.
Collaborators: Lorena Zardo Trindade (PhD student), with input from many other researchers.
Main task: In this project, I am responsible for a work package in which we document the composition and comparability of the EU-SILC income variables. The information will be brought together in a freely accessible database – MetaSILC 2015. In addition, we take care of the scientific coordination of a Best Practice Workshop on the validity and comparability of the income, health and housing variables in EU-SILC.
Output (to be completed):

  • So far, we organised two rounds of consultation (using an on-line questionnare) among the National Statistical Institutes (NSIs) that produce EU-SILC. The results will feed into the MetaSILC 2015 database

Research Group: Herman Deleeck Centre for Social Policy – University of Antwerp.

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Project: What is a decent minimum income? A pre-publication on update of the Belgian reference budgets for adequate social participation

Timing: 18/01/2016 -15/03/2016
Funder: Federal state secretary for poverty reduction
Budget: 14,420 EUR
Position: Principal investigator for the University of Antwerp
Partner: Centre for Budget Advice and Budget Research (CEBUD)
Collaborators: Tess Penne (PhD student)
Main task: Co-editor of the pre-publication of the book ‘How much income do households need to make ends meet? Reference budgets for adequate social participation in Flanders and Brussels’ (in Dutch). The pre-publication was financed by federal State secretary for poverty reduction, Elke Sleurs. The book builds on the results of recently completed projects on reference budgets, and brings together up to date insights into the minimum resources required for adequate social participation in Belgium.
Output:

  • Pre-publication of the summary of the book ‘How much income do households need to make ends meet? Reference budgets for adequate social participation in Flanders and Brussels’ (in Dutch).

Research Group: Herman Deleeck Centre for Social Policy – University of Antwerp.

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Project: Reducing poverty through improving the take up of social benefits (TAKE)

Timing: 15/12/2015-15/03/2020
Website: http://takeproject.wordpress.com/; http://www.belspo.be.
Funder: Federal Science Policy (Belspo)
Budget: 566,169 EUR
Position: Coordinator / Principal investigator
Partners: Federal Planning Bureau, University of Liège, Federal Public Service for Social Security
Collaborators: Julie Janssens (PhD student), Linde Buysse (PhD student), Sarah Marchal (Senior resarcher), Gerlinde Verbist (co-principal investigator)
Main task: Scientific lead and coordination of the Project. In this project, we carry out an in-depth study of non-take up of social and employment policies in Belgium.
Output (to be completed):

Research Group: Herman Deleeck Centre for Social Policy – University of Antwerp.

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Project: Explorative study on an appropriate indicator to measure the affordability of water

Timing: 07/10/2015-15/12/2015
Funder: Flanders Environment Agency (VMM)
Budget: 19,909 EUR
Position: Principal investigator
Partners: CEBUD (Centre for Budget Advice and Research at Thomas More)
Collaborators: Josefine Vanhille (PhD student), Tess Penne (PhD Student), as well as Bérénice Storms (CEBUD) and Leen Van Thielen (CEBUD).
Main task: Scientific lead of the Project. The project consists of a collaboration between the Unversity of Antwerp (coordinator), and CEBUD (Thomas More), lead by Bérénice Storms. With this project we aimed to explore how the affordability of water consumption by household actors can be appropriately measured. In addition we assessed possibilities of developing an ‘affordability indicator’ for Flanders. The innovative feature of this study is the combination of classical expenditure-based indicators with an indicator based on reference budgets.
Output:

  • Project report (under embargo). In the report we develop a new indicator to measure ex ante potential problems of water affordability, by building on reference budgets.

Research Group: Herman Deleeck Centre for Social Policy – University of Antwerp.

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Project: Towards a better understanding of the impact of public goods and services on poverty in Europe

Timing: 1/10/2015-30/09/2017 (first period)
Funder: Research Foundation – Flanders (FWO)
Budget: 84,604 EUR
Position: Supervisor / Co-principal investigator
Collaborators: Tess Penne (PhD researcher)
Main task: Supervision of Tess’s PhD research, which is funded by a personal PhD scholarship for Tess. Publicly provided or subsidised goods and services account for about half of social expenditures in European welfare states. Obviously, this has an important impact upon the living standard of households. Nevertheless, current methods trying to include the value of services into measures of cash incomes largely fail to take into account household needs associated with these services. This project seeks to contribute to the measurement of poverty in welfare states by developing a new way to examine the impact of public services on poverty.
Output:

  • For a list of publications by Tess, click here.

Research Group: Herman Deleeck Centre for Social Policy – University of Antwerp.

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Project: Reconciling environmental and social goals in the transition towards a low-carbon society (SUSPENS)

Timing: 2015-2019
Website: http://www.supsens.net; http://www.belspo.be.
Funder: Belgian Federal Science Policy (Belspo / BRAIN-be)
Budget: 428,268 EUR
Position: Co-principal investigator / co-coordinator (with Gerlinde Verbist)
Partners: Federal Planning Bureau, IGEAT (Université Libre de Bruxelles)
Collaborators: Josefine Vanhille (PhD student), Petra Zsuzsa Lévay (PhD student)
Main task: Co-leading the project. The project consists of a collaboration between the Unversity of Antwerp (coordinator), the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) and the Federal Planning Bureau of Belgium. In the project, we seek to build a database and microsimulation model to empirically assess how social and environmental objectives can be better reconciled.
Output (to be completed):

  • Organisation of a round table with representatives from national and regional departments on the core theme of the project (11 February 2016, Federal Planning Bureau of Belgium).

Research Group: Herman Deleeck Centre for Social Policy – University of Antwerp.

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Project: Pilot project for the development of a common methodology on reference budgets (EU Reference Budgets Network project)

Timing: 2014-2015
Website: http://referencebudgets.eu; European Commission’s website.
Funder: European Commission (DG Employment, Social Affairs & Inclusion)
Director: Bea Cantillon (University of Antwerp)
Manager: Loredana Sementini (Applica)
Position: Project leader (with Bérénice Storms)
Collaborators: Tess Penne (PhD student), Sara Stockman (PhD student), Nathalie Schuerman (PhD student) and other colleagues of the network.
Main task: Scientific lead and co-coordination of the project (with Bérénice Storms). Coordination included steering a team of ‘domain coordinators’ and country teams in all 28 EU Member States, supported by an EU expert group, and an EU Stakeholder group. The main part of the project was concerned with developing and testing a method for constructing cross-country comparable reference budgets in the EU, developing a network of national teams and stakeholders in all 28 Member States (task coordinated by Anne Van Lancker), and developing reference budgets for a selection of countries and a food basket for 26 EU Member States. Part of the project consisted in organising focus group discussions in all participating Member States.
Output (to be completed):

  • Goedemé, T., Storms, B., Penne, T., & Van den Bosch, K. (Eds.) (2015) The development of a methodology for comparable reference budgets in Europe – Final report of the pilot project, Brussels: European Commission; DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.2767/096631.
  • A food basket representing an adequate diet for the capital city of 25 EU Member States, and a health care basket, personal care basket and housing basket for a selection of countries – more
  • Goedemé, T., Storms, B., & Van den Bosch, K. (2015) Proposal for a method for comparable reference budgets in Europe, Brussels: European Commission; DOI:10.2767/400190.
  • Storms, B., Goedemé, T., Van den Bosch, K., Penne, T., Schuerman, N., Stockman, S. (2014) Pilot project for the development of a common methodology on reference budgets in Europe : review of current state of play on reference budget practices at national, regional, and local level, Brussels: European Commission, ISBN 978-92-79-39287-0, DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.2767/32875
  • Presentations of the project and first findings to the Social Protection Committee’s Indictors’ Subgroup at several meetings, to various stakeholder meetings, as well as to the US Department of Agriculture and the US Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Research Group: Herman Deleeck Centre for Social Policy – University of Antwerp.

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Project: Inclusive Growth Research Infrastructure Diffusion (InGRID)

Timing: 2013-2017
Website: http://inclusivegrowth.be/
Funder: European Commission (FP7)
Coordinators: Guy Van Gyes (KULeuven) and Monique Ramioul (KULeuven)
Position: Researcher, task leader
Collaborators: Tine Hufkens (PhD Student)
Main tasks: leading the task ‘Towards an integrated model family analysis tool in EUROMOD’ , a collaboration between the University of Antwerp and the University of Essex. With this infrastructure activity, we build a state-of-the-art tax-benefit model family simulation tool (HHoT) which allows for simulating tax-benefit systems for specific household types in a very flexible environment (the European microsimulation model EUROMOD). This also includes the organisation of two Expert Workshops. Furthermore, with Gerlinde Verbist we organised transnational access (research visits) to the Herman Deleeck Centre for Social Policy (University of Antwerp) and we organised two EUROMOD courses.

Output:

Research Group: Herman Deleeck Centre for Social Policy – University of Antwerp.

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Project: Evaluation of the standard error estimations by Eurostat regarding the Belgian Europe 2020 poverty reduction indicators and formulation of methodological recommendations

Funder: FPS Social Security Belgium (Ref. 2013/BOEP/UA-EU2020)
Budget: 5,300 EUR
Timing: 2013
Position: Principal researcher (officially co-principal investigator with Bea Cantillon)
Main tasks: Reviewing problems of cross-temporary consistency of Belgian EU-SILC sample design variables available to Eurostat and UDB users; making alternative estimates of the standard error of changes in the Europe 2020 poverty reduction indicators on the basis of a dataset provided by the Belgian institute of official statistics, which contained the correct sample design information; proposing recommendations for improving the situation in the future.
Output:

Impact: The national statistical institute of Belgium will estimate the variance of changes over time in the future and step up its efforts to make sure sample design variables in the European EU-SILC User Database (UDB) are consistent over time.

Research Group: Herman Deleeck Centre for Social Policy – University of Antwerp.

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Project: Poverty Reduction in Europe: Social Policy and Innovation (ImPRovE)

Timing: 2012-2016
Website: http://improve-research.eu
Funder: European Commission (FP7)
Budget: 695,702 EUR
Position: Co-coordinator / Co-principal investigator (with Bea Cantillon)
Partners: CASE (LSE), ISER (University of Essex), TÁRKI, Athens University of Economics and Business, OASeS (University of Anwerp), Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien, Università di Urbino, University of Turku, University of Vienna, PSiTIC (University Ramón Llull, voluntary partner), NEPAC (State University of Campinas, voluntary partner)
Collaborators: Martine Vandevelde (administration), Nathalie Schuerman (event manager), Diego Collado (PhD student) and several other colleagues participating in the project.
Main tasks: Taking care of the coordination and management of the consortium and the project. This includes designing, implementing and carrying out of a quality control mechanism, negotiating the contents of deliverables and making sure research teams collaborate smoothly and the results of the various work packages cross-fertilise one another, as well as ensuring all deadlines are met in time, the budget is managed efficiently, the coordination of the ImPRovE Working paper series and ImPRovE Policy briefs, the content-wise preparation and organisation of the ImPRovE project meetings, steering committees and conferences as well as ensuring effective communication with the European Commission and efficient dissemination of the research results. For doing so, I collaborate closely with Bea Cantillon and I am supported by the project management assistant as well as several partners in the project. In addition, I co-lead several work packages and contribute with own research to the project.

For the main research goals of the project and the complete output, see the ImPRovE Website. I made a direct contribution to (to be completed):

Publications:

ImPRovE Conferences:

ImPRovE Project meetings: Antwerp, 10-11 May 2012; Athens, 29-31 November 2012 ; Urbino, 2-3 May 2013; Brussels, 12-13 November 2013; Antwerp, 9-10 April 2014; Budapest, 26-27 November 2014.

ImPRovE Workshops:

      • ‘Which Social Policy Paradigm for the 21st Century?’, during the Inclusive Europe Conference (conference organised by several FP7 funded projects, coordinated by the University of Oldenburg), German head office of the European Commission, Berlin, 2014-10-10.
      • ‘Workshop on variance estimation for EU-SILC’, 3rd ImPRovE meeting, University of Urbino, Urbino, 2013-05-02.

ImPRovE Website

Impact: The ImPRovE project, and especially our contribution on reference budgets has inspired some elements of the European Commission’s Social Investment Package. Furthermore, the Commission issued a call for tender for developing an EU-wide reference budgets network and the development for a common method for constructing comparable reference budgets (in which it referred to ImPRovE) – see our project on the EU Reference Budgets Network. Also, ImPRovE work has fed into the European Commission’s conference on the Europe 2020 target.

Research Group: Herman Deleeck Centre for Social Policy – University of Antwerp.

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Project: Second Network for the Analysis of EU-SILC (Net-SILC 2)

Timing: 2011-2015
Website: Net-SILC 2
Funder: Eurostat
Coordinator: Eric Marlier (CEPS/INSTEAD)
Position: Expert Member
Main task: Collaboration on a work package with Guillaume Osier (STATEC) and Yves Berger (University of Southampton) on variance estimation for the Europe 2020 poverty reduction indicators which are based on EU-SILC. My main input relates to reviewing the EU-SILC sample design variables and formulating recommendations for improving them, as well as the organisation of a workshop on standard error estimation for EU-SILC for Eurostat.

Output (to be completed):

Impact: The method and procedures for variance estimation proposed in our Eurostat working paper is now used by Eurostat. The recommendations for the sample design variables included in my CSB working paper are currently included in the EU-SILC Target variable guidelines for national statistical institutes (Doc065). The Federal Public Service for Social Security has commissioned a separate study on the variance of changes over time for EU-SILC estimates in Belgium .

Research Group: Herman Deleeck Centre for Social Policy – University of Antwerp.

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PhD Project: Essays on poverty and minimum income protection for Europe’s elderly
Subprojects / Personal scholarships:

      • 2005-2006: Dehousse Preparatory PhD Scholarship provided by the University of Antwerp.
      • 2006-2011: Ph. D. fellowship of the Research Foundation – Flanders (FWO). P.H. Spaak Mandate

Doctoral Jury:

Main task: Developing independent research that would lead to a PhD degree. I defended my PhD in December 2012.

Output:

Impact: Significant impact on the research community working with EU-SILC, which led among others to Expert membership of the Second Network for the Analysis of EU-SILC; as well as major input in the CSB-MIPI dataset on minimum income protection indicators.

Research Group: Herman Deleeck Centre for Social Policy – University of Antwerp.

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Project: Are Europe’s Welfare States Converging Towards a Unified Social Model? (CONVERGE)

Timing: 2009-2012
Funder: Belspo (Belgian Federal Science Policy department)
Coordinator: Ive Marx (University of Antwerp) and Bea Cantillon (University of Antwerp)
Position: Researcher
Main task: Providing methodological support for building CSB-MIPI, the Herman Deleeck Centre for Social Policy (CSB) Minimum Income Protection Indicators Database, which brings together comparative information on minimum income protection levels (model family simulations) for nearly all EU Member States and 3 US states since 1992. Validating the data regarding minimum income protection for the elderly. Some of my PhD research, especially regarding minimum income protection for the elderly has contributed to this project.
Output:

      • The CSB-MIPI database
      • Van Mechelen, N., Marchal, S., Goedemé, T., Marx, I. and Cantillon, B. (2011), The CSB-Minimum Income Protection Indicators dataset (CSB-MIPI), CSB Working Paper Series, CSB WP 11/05, Antwerp: Herman Deleeck Centre for Social Policy, University of Antwerp, 104p.
      • Goedemé, T. (2013), ‘Minimum Income Protection for Europe’s Elderly: What and How Much has been Guaranteed during the 2000s?’, in Marx, I. and Nelson, K. (eds.), Minimum Income Protection in Flux, Hampshire: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 108-136 [part of PhD]
      • Goedemé, T., De Vil, G., Van Mechelen, N., Fasquelle, N. and Bogaerts, K. (2012), ‘Hoogte en adequaatbeleid van de Belgische sociale minima in de periode 2000-2011’ [Level and adequacy of the Belgian social minima between 2000 and 2011] in Vranken et al. (eds.) Armoede in België: jaarboek 2012, Leuven: Acco, pp. 215-238
      • Vandenbroucke, F., Cantillon, B., Van Mechelen, N., Goedemé, T., and Van lancker, A. (2013), ‘The EU and Minimum Income Protection: Clarifying the Policy Conundrum’, in Marx, I. and Nelson, K. (eds.), Minimum Income Protection in Flux, Hampshire: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 271-317.

Impact:

      • The European Commission has commissioned a report on the basis of the data we collected in this project: Van Mechelen, N., Marx, I., Marchal, S., Goedemé, T. and Cantillon, B. (2010), The Evolution of Social Assistance and Minimum Wages in 25 European Countries, 2001-2009, Report on minimum income prepared for the European Commission, Tender no. VT/2010/067. 78p.

Research Group: Herman Deleeck Centre for Social Policy – University of Antwerp.

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Project: Accurate Income Measurement for the Assessment of Public Policies (AIM-AP)

Timing: February 2006-January 2009
Website: AIM-AP
Funder: European Commission (FP6)
Position: Researcher
Coordinator: Holly Sutherland (University of Essex)
Reporting to: Dr Gerlinde Verbist
Main task: contrbuting to a report on the distributive effects of education in Belgium
Output: 3 research reports:

Research Group: Herman Deleeck Centre for Social Policy – University of Antwerp

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Project: Construction of a statistical system to replace the General Socio-Economic Survey 2001’ (Third Phase)

Timing: September 2005
Position: Project Assistant
Reporting to: Dr Karel Van den Bosch
Main task: Checking to what extent the Belgian census could be replaced making use of existing administrative (and survey) data.
Output: Research report: van Dam Rudi, Goedemé Tim, Franck Eva, Van den Bosch Karel.- Socio-economische gegevens: subrapport Antwerpen, UA, Centrum voor Sociaal Beleid, 2005, 15 p.
Impact: Since 2011, Belgium does no longer organise a census in the classic way, but makes primarily use of administrative data. Our report helped in this process.
Research Group: Herman Deleeck Centre for Social Policy – University of Antwerp

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Project: Boundaries and Possibilities of the Poor as an Actor in the Belgian Poverty Policy Process

Timing: August 2004
Position: Project Assistant
Reporting to: Bea Van Robaeys
Main task: Assistance with transcribing in-depth interviews in French with key informants of NGOs working with people living in poverty
Research Group: Research Group on Poverty, Social Exclusion and the City (OASeS) – University of Antwerp

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