Doctoral dissertations

Hieronder staat het lopend doctoraatsonderzoek aan de vakgroep Sociale Agogiek, alfabetisch op naam van de doctorandi.

The meaning of leisure time in the lifeworld of children and young people in socially vulnerable situations

PhD student: Saan Van Elsen
Summary: This research project aims to map the lifeworld of socially vulnerable young people and focuses specifically on the meaning of leisure time in their lifeworld. In a first quantitative study, we will verify if there are socio economic and cultural differences on young people’s aspirations towards leisure and how these differences relate to their actual leisure time participation. We therefore use the data gathered from the JOP-schoolmonitor 2 in 2018. A second qualitative study will examine how socially vulnerable young people shape and give meaning to their leisure time and how this process is influenced by their lifeworld. In the last qualitative study we’ll focus on the role of the environment and the local leisure actors for the young people’s leisure time participation.
PhD in Educational Sciences
Promoter(s): Lieve Bradt
Periode of time: October 2019 - October 2023

Creating the social in the medical. The development of poverty aware rehabilitation practices

PhD student: Bart Volders
Summary: New discourses, derived from the medical profession, influence social work. Interventions targeted at who are “at risk” and the idea of very early prevention are a significant part of policy and of many social work practices. The shift towards a prevention policy places a strong focus on the individual and is related to the concept of an active citizen who takes responsibility for his own well-being and that of others. These new (medical) insights legitimize interventions in the lives of the most marginalized families, and thus endorse individualization and decontextualization of social problems in which poverty is ignored as a structural problem. In this study, we remain true to the aspirations of social justice of social work and research how poverty-blind approaches can be challenged and poverty-aware perspectives and practices can be developed in rehabilitation practices.
PhD in Social Work
Promoter(s): Rudi Roose, Griet Roets (Department Of Social Work and Social Pedagogy, Ghent University)
Periode of time: January 2018 - ...