Research Staff

Prof. Piet Bracke

piet-bracke.jpgPiet Bracke (1961°) is a full professor at the Department of Sociology. He teaches general sociological courses at the undergraduate level: introduction in sociology, sociological research and methods – and more specialized master courses in the sociology of health and illness. His research focuses on gender issues and the sociology of the family; on sociological epidemiology from a comparative perspective; and on mental health and mental health services.

Recently, he collaborated in Divorce in Flanders a Flemish study on the consequences and determinants of marital transitions; in an international survey on the determinants and consequences of stigma, the Stigma In Global Context: Mental Health Study.

At present, he is a co-promoter of the Health, Media & Society research group , working on the impact of the changing mediascape on the news cover age of health issues with a focus on elderly-related issues. He is vice-chair of the Scientific Advisory Board of the European Social Survey; the former president of the European Society of Health and Medical Sociology (ESHMS), and a former member of the Board of Governors of Ghent University.

Contact: Piet.Bracke@UGent.be

Publications: https://biblio.ugent.be/person/801000676835

Veerle Buffel

Veerle Buffel holds a master degree in Sociology (2012, Ghent University). She is a PhD student working on her project financed by BOF. The project studies the relationship between work status, mental health and professional healthcare and psychotropic drug use because of mental health problems. It assesses whether these relations differ before and during the crisis and by socioeconomic context. In addition, attention is paid to job insecurity and gender, age and cohort differences. The theoretical perspectives: the need versus the medicalization hypothesis be empirically tested.

Contact: Veerle.Buffel@UGent.be

Publications: http://lib.ugent.be/bibliografie/802000782605

 

 

Ad Coenen

Ad Coenen is a PhD candidate researching the residential segregation of ethnic minorities in Belgium. The major aim is investigating why and how ethnic neighborhoods develop and their existence persists. Three theories will be tested for this: The Ecological Perspective, the Place Stratification Model and the Spatial Assimilation theory. The first points to the importance of demographic characteristics of cities and the housing market. The second focusses on the importance of discrimination and prejudice, claiming that minorities only have access to less-preferred neighborhoods and that the majority members tend to leave neighborhoods that are becoming more integrated. The last considers living residentially segregated as a consequence of low socio-economic status and predicts that minorities, once they can be considered middle-class, move to middle class neighborhoods, which are now majority overrepresented neighborhoods. Prof. Dr. Bart Van de Putte is the promoter of this PhD research and it is funded by Het Bijzonder Onderzoeksfonds (BOF), translated the Special Research Fund , of Ghent University.

Contact: Ad.Coenen@UGent.be

Publications: http://lib.ugent.be/bibliografie/802000661353

Dr. Michiel De Krom

Michiel de Krom is as a Postdoctoral Fellow of the Research Foundation - Flanders (FWO) affiliated to Ghent University’s Department of Sociology, and to the Social Sciences Unit of the Institute for Agricultural and Fisheries Research (ILVO). His main research interests are in the fields of environmental and rural sociology, the sociology of risk and uncertainty, and science and technology studies. Michiel de Krom obtained his PhD at the Environmental Policy Group of Wageningen University (the Netherlands) in 2010 with a study on ‘Food Risks and Consumer Trust: European Governance of Avian Influenza.’ Since then, he has conducted research into the (potential) role of multifunctional agriculture in sustainable rural development, and into science-society relations in the context of agri-food developments. Currently, he works on conceptualising and analysing farm animal welfare governance with a specific focus on the interplay between scientific and farming practices.

Contact: Michiel.DeKrom@UGent.be

Publications: https://biblio.ugent.be/person/802001269120

Katrijn Delaruelle

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Katrijn Delaruelle holds a master degree in sociology (2014, Ghent University). She is a PhD student working on a project financed by the Research Foundation Flanders (FWO). Her PhD project, under supervision of Prof. Piet Bracke, focuses on the continuing relevance of education for health. Using the data of the cross-national European Social Survey (ESS), the project discusses the rise or fall of the relevance of educational inequalities for mental health and subjective wellbeing, with special attention to H-APC analyses. In addition, specific attention is paid to the association between the mental health returns to educational attainment, the expansion of (compulsory) education and the gendered expansion of tertiary education.

Contact: Katrijn.Delaruelle@UGent.be

Rozemarijn Dereuddre

Rozemarijn Dereuddre holds a master degree in sociology (2011, Ghent University). She is a PhD student working on a research project financed by the Special Research Fund (BOF) of Ghent University. Her research aims to shed new lights on partners’ contraceptive choices by adopting a couple perspective. Building on prevailing sociological power theories, these decisions are approached as the outcome of a (gendered) bargaining process. In addition, regional and country characteristics (e.g. reproductive rights, gender equality, religiosity) influencing fertility behavior are taken into account. Data of the Generations and Gender Survey (GGS) are used to perform the analyses.

Contact: Rozemarijn.Dereuddre@UGent.be

Publications: http://lib.ugent.be/bibliografie/802001331966

Pieter Dudal

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Pieter Dudal holds a master degree in sociology (2014, Ghent University). He is a PhD candidate and is currently working on a project funded by the Research Foundation Flanders (FWO).The aim of his research is to explore, from a macro-sociological point of view, the relationship between the expansion of higher and compulsory education, certain labor market processes and how this is related to the mental health and subjective well-being of the European population. Additionally, an emphasis will be placed on the different national educational systems. This research project will be conducted under supervision of Prof. Dr. Piet Bracke.

Contact: Pieter.Dudal@UGent.be

Publications: http://lib.ugent.be/bibliografie/000090464422

Emilien Dupont

Emilien Dupont is a doctoral researcher working on the project: ‘Transnational endogamy in migrant communities in Belgium (2001-2008)’. The focus of this project is on the partner choice of migrant communities in Belgium, especially of long established migrant groups, such as migrants from Turkey, Morocco, Congo, Algeria and (ex-)Yugoslavia. Transnational endogamy (partners sharing country of origin) is often considered as indicating the weakest level of integration. Therefore, the aim of this project is to examine why individuals choose a transnational partnership, focusing on community formation processes (1st stage: community formation, 2nd stage: community confirmation, 3rd stage: decline of transnational endogamy). To answer these questions, a dynamic approach is used, stressing the importance of social control and family systems.

Contact: Emilien.Dupont@UGent.be

Publications: http://lib.ugent.be/bibliografie/000090464422

Sarah Missinne

Sarah Missinne holds a master degree in Sociology (UGent) and Statistics (Quantitative Analysis for the Social Sciences, KULeuven). She is affiliated with the Health & Demographic Research group at the department of Sociology at Ghent University (FWO-fellow).

The aim of her Phd is to adopt a life course perspective on preventive health care use in order to shed new lights on the mechanism underlying the persistent socio-economic inequalities in preventive health care use. Longitudinal analyses are performed, making use of the data of the Survey on Health, Ageing and Retirement (SHARE).

Other research interests are cross-national research methodology, (ethnic) inequalities in mental health, the institutional set-up of health care systems and their perceived legitimacy

Contact: Sarah.Missinne@UGent.be

Publications: http://lib.ugent.be/bibliografie/802000544145

Elise Rondelez

Elise Rondelez has a master degree in the sociology of culture and religion (2011, KULeuven). After an excursion to Social and Cultural anthropology, she is a PhD qualitative researcher affiliated with Hedera. Her research, under supervision of prof. dr. Sarah Bracke, prof. dr. Piet Bracke & dr. Griet Roets, considers identity constructions of Belgian ‘mentally ill’ Muslims. They are positioned in an intersection of (dis)ability, religion, ethnicity and gender, considered as the opposite of ‘the rational subject’. The theoretical inquiry unpacks this ‘subject’ and is empirically grounded in participatory research and in interviews with Muslims with respect to discourses they are confronted with to make sense of mental health and their identities. The practical implications of this research are aimed to support mental healthcare practices for an underrepresented group in institutional mental healthcare: Muslim migrants.

Contact: Elise.Rondelez@UGent.be

Publications: http://lib.ugent.be/bibliografie/802001610640

Charlotte Sercu

Charlotte Sercu has a master degree in Social and Cultural Anthropology (2009). Since October 2010 she is working as a PhD student in Sociology at the University of Ghent, financed by the Research Foundation Flanders (FWO). She is investigating behaviors, beliefs and attitudes of mental health professionals towards mental health service users and the organization of mental health care in Flanders. In her study she pays specific attention to the individual, inter-personal and structural origins of these behaviors, believes and attitudes. Furthermore, she investigates the way the organization of care and the specific attitudes and behaviors of professionals are experienced by service users in the different care settings.

Contact: Charlotte.Sercu@UGent.be

Publications: http://lib.ugent.be/bibliografie/802000602547

Sarah Van den Bogaert

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Sarah obtained a master degree in sociology (2012) and health prevention and promotion (2013). Since October 2014 she is working as a PhD student at the department of Sociology of the University of Ghent. She is a member of the Research Group HeDera and of the Research Group Health, Media & Society a research center that was created in response to the project ‘(De)Constructing Health News’. Sarah is currently preparing a PhD under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Piet Bracke. The aim is first to chart the political-economic and institutional relations between the different stakeholders that are active in the broad field of elderly-related health issues in Flanders and secondly, to explore the discourses on elderly-related health problems as articulated by these various interest groups in order to investigate and assess their active contribution to the construction of health news.

Contact: Sarah.VandenBogaert@UGent.be

Publications: https://biblio.ugent.be/person/000080021360

Prof. Bart Van de Putte

Prof. Bart Van de Putte teaches specialized courses in social demography (‘migration and integration’, ‘seminar in social demography’), besides introductory courses in sociology and courses in general sociology such as ‘social change’. His research focuses at topics in social demography and historical sociology. Of special interest are migration and ethnicity (spatial segregation, emancipation, transnational marriages, …), and marriage and family (partner selection patterns, the romantization of marriage,…). Besides these substantial issues, he is also specialized in the classification of (historical) occupational titles and the construction of class schemes.

Contact: Bart.VandePutte@UGent.be

Publications: http://lib.ugent.be/bibliografie/802000081979

Koen Van der Bracht

Koen Van der Bracht is a doctoral researcher focusing on the religion of ethnic minorities in Europe. The aim is to examine (1) intergenerational differences in religiosity, (2) the influence of discrimination and (3) contextual influences. Starting from social integration theory we analyze if, and to what extent, there are differences in religiosity between first and second generation migrants in Europe. Next, we assess the influence of discrimination on migrant religiosity in general and on the second generation in particular. Finally we examine the influence of native European religiosity on migrant religiosity, again with special attention to the differences between subsequent generations. The research will be conducted using the large-scale European Social Survey (ESS) data, containing respondents from 29 countries. Prof. Dr. Bart Van de Putte is promotor of the PhD research and it is funded by the Special Research Fund (BOF) of Ghent University.

Contact: Koen.VanderBracht@UGent.be

Lore Van Gorp

lore-van-gorp.jpgLore Van Gorp holds a master degree in Sociology from Ghent University (2010). Her main research interests are in the field of social networks, creativity and well-being. In her current PhD research, funded by the Special Research Fund (BOF) of Ghent University, she focuses on the well-being of repatriates from an individual social capital perspective. Both qualitative and quantitative methods are used in this research project. Prof. dr. Peter Stevens is promoter of the PhD research, prof. dr. Smaranda Boros co-promoter and prof. dr. Piet Bracke is a member of the doctoral advisory committee.

Contact: Lore.vangorp@UGent.be

Publications: http://lib.ugent.be/bibliografie/802001685917

Karen Vanderlinden

Karen Vanderlinden has a master’s degree in Sociology and has been employed since 2013 as a teaching assistant at the Sociology department of Ghent University. She assists several courses like multivariate analyses, AMP, historical sociology,… and helps organize sociology exams throughout the university.

 

Under supervision of Prof. Bart Van de Putte, she is exploring several interesting PhD avenues regarding family sociology. Their main focus lies on newly composed families and the way they deal with work-family conflict. During these next months she will focus on broadening her theoretical understanding of these research topics, while simultaneously adapting her research design. She is also currently working together with Dr. Anina Vercruyssen on her research regarding work-family conflicts. They’re examining whether certain work-family coping strategies can be considered effective, with a specific focus on single mothers versus partnered mothers.

Contact: Karen.Vanderlinden@UGent.be

Publications: http://lib.ugent.be/bibliografie/000090508171

Vera Van de Straat

Vera van de Straat obtained her master degree in Sociology at Radboud University Nijmegen in The Netherlands. In October 2012 she started as a teaching assistant at the Sociology department of Ghent University, where she teaches workshops in sociological research and methods, statistics and demography.

 

In her PhD research she will focus on the experience of sleeping problems among the over 50s in Europe. Using panel data from the Survey of Health Ageing and Retirement in Europe (SHARE), the chronicity of sleeping problems, as well as the potential impact of life events on trouble sleeping will be investigated.

Contact: Vera.VandeStraat@UGent.be

Publications: http://lib.ugent.be/bibliografie/802001310142

Dr. Sarah Van de Velde

Sarah Van de Velde is a postdoctoral fellow of the Research Foundation Flanders (FWO) whose research focusses cross-national variation depression and the gender gap in depression within Europe.

Specific attention is paid to macro-structural sources of gender inequality, with attention directed to how welfare state policies and services act as a force in ordering how paid work and care are reconciled.

Contact: Sarah.VandeVelde@UGent.be

Publications: https://biblio.ugent.be/person/801002114859

 

André J van Rensburg

André J van Rensburg is a PhD student at the Department of Sociology of Ghent University, within the HEDERA research group. His work is funded by the Erasmus Mundus EU-Saturn programme. He is an affiliated researcher with the Centre for Health Systems Research & Development, University of the Free State, South Africa, where he also teaches social theory in the Masters in Development Studies programme. He has a background in Criminology, as well as in Monitoring and Evaluation. His topic (under supervision of Prof. Dr. P. Bracke) focuses on the influence of power relations – within a health governance system – on the implementation of mental health care policy in South Africa. His academic interests include public policy, health care reform, critical realist approaches to social research, and politics and ethics in health care.

Contact: JVRensburgAndre@gmail.com

Publications: http://humanities.ufs.ac.za/templates/staffmember.aspx?DCode=161&pid=RhQV5Vp6EUA%3d

Pieter-Paul Verhaeghe

Pieter-Paul Verhaeghe is a postdoctoral fellow at the Department of Sociology. In 2012 he
successfullyPieter-Paul Verhaeghe defended his PhD about the (re)producing role of social capital for ethnic and socio-economic
inequalities in health and in the labour market entrance. In the same year he wrote the laymen book “Migrant zkt toekomst” about the complex migration and diversity patterns in city of Ghent (www.migrantzkttoekomst.be). After obtaining his PhD, Pieter-Paul worked as a policy adviser at the Flemish Parliament on the topics of diversity, poverty and inequalities.

Since October 2014, he works as a postdoctoral fellow in Urban Sociology at Ghent University. He teaches the master course “Migration and integration”. His current research interests include diversity, migration, poverty, health inequalities, social cohesion, suburbanization and urban planning.

Contact: PieterPaul.Verhaeghe@UGent.be

Publications: https://biblio.ugent.be/person/002002460724

Personal site: https://pieterpaulver.wordpress.com/

Sinem Yilmaz


sinem-yilmaz.jpgSinem Yilmaz holds a master degree in Social and Cultural Anthropology (2013, KU Leuven). She is a PhD student at Sociology department of Ghent University.

Under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Bart Van de Putte, her research provides an insight on how Turkish Belgian women become socially mobile. Touching upon the resources, strategies and limitations for social mobility, it aims to understand how informal institutions, in particular, family, neighborhood and ethnic group, influence social mobility. Considering traditional division of labor and strong cohesion among Turkish migrants, the question is how educated Turkish Belgian women develop family related strategies for upward social mobility. Drawing on fieldwork and semi-structured in-depth interviews, examining this connection between family life and social mobility is the central topic of her research.

Contact: sinem.yilmaz@ugent.be