Bert Hauspie

Junior researcher at the research group for Media, Innovation and Communication Technologies, Department of Communication Sciences, Ghent University.

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Substance use in the nightlife setting
Substance use trajectories
Multi method research
Nightlife culture
Drug related interventions


Bert Hauspie joined imec-mict-UGent in 2019 and is also affiliated with the University College Ghent since 2016. He started his PhD concerning the topic of substance use and nightlife, which is integrated in the ALAMA-nightlife project and POPHARS-project (both funded by BELSPO). His supervisors are Prof. dr. Koen Ponnet, dr. Tina Van Havere and dr. Edith Van Dyck. From September 2016 until September 2019, Bert is working on a part-time base at the University College of Ghent as researcher for the ALAMA-nightlife project, which focuses on the dynamics and consequences of young adult substance use pathways in the electronic dance music scene. Starting from March 2019, he is also involved as researcher for the POPHARS-project, which objective is to study the perceptions of drug related interventions and drug use norms at festivals.

Bert Hauspie acquired his Master’s degree in Sociology in 2009. He worked for 8 years (2011-2019) at CAW Zuid-West-Vlaanderen in the field of prevention, harm reduction and peer support focused on substance user(s) in the nightlife and festival setting. In his function as project worker Bert was part of the start-up of the Safe ‘n Sound project in 2015 (coordinated by VAD) and responsible for the region of West-Flanders – located in Kortrijk.

Furthermore, he has previous experiences in the academic field as researcher, employed at the University of Ghent. Most recently (2015-2016), Bert worked on a part-time base at the department of social work and social pedagogy, involved as a researcher for the PADUMI-project, which focuses on the substance use among people with a migration background.