Health and Demographic Research

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About us

Research group Hedera (Health and Demographic Research) at the University of Gent stands for expertise within the fields of Sociology of health, Sociology of the family and Social demography. Although the range of topics studied is wide, there is clearly a connecting thread in the research interests within HeDeRa, namely the focus on crucial life-course transitions – such as birth, migration, marriage, divorce, sickness and death – and the role of the social context in these transitions.

With regard to the social context at the micro-level, attention is devoted to the (traditional, separated, and newly-composed) family as environment in which the life-course of individuals is formed, and as an important institution within the sociology of health and social demography. Two important branches within HeDeRa can be situated at the meso-level, namely:

  1. the study of formal health care – the organization of health care – and its consequences for the mental wellbeing of clients
  2. the study of informal social networks of ethno cultural minorities and their impact on structural and socio-cultural integration.

At the macro-level, to conclude, we focus on the effects of different forms of inequality/stigmatization based on mental health, gender, ethnicity and social class, and their consequences for health, well-being and socio-cultural integration.

On a methodological/statistical level, the research group has years of expertise in multilevel techniques. More recently, a lot of attention goes to (1) methodological problems related to cross-national and cross-cultural research and (2) how to address non-response and contactability problems. This last concern also leads to a growing attention for mixed method and qualitative research methods.

 

Team 

Bart Van de Putte

Professor

Piet Bracke

Professor

Melissa Ceuterick

Prostdoc researcher

Ricardo Ayala

Postdoc researcher

Barbara Willems

Phd researcher

Heather Johnson

Phd researcher

Karen Vanderlinden

Phd researcher

Katrijn Delaruelle

Postdoc researcher

Lisa Colman

Phd researcher

Lotta Vandermeule

Phd researcher

Rubeena Slamat

Phd researcher

Sam Gorleer

Phd researcher

Siyuan Chen

Phd researcher

Vincent De Prez

Phd researcher

Research

Health Sociology Ethnic Diversity

HEALTH SOCIOLOGY

the study of formal health care – the organization of health care – and its consequences for the mental wellbeing of clients

Projects:

ETHNIC DIVERSITY

the study of informal social networks of ethno cultural minorities and their impact on structural and socio-cultural integration

Projects

FWO Rode Neuzen

Contact

Prof. Dr. Bart Van de Putte
Korte Meer 5, 9000 Gent
Bart.VandePutte@Ugent.be

Prof. Dr. Piet Bracke
Korte Meer 5, 9000 Ghent
Piet.Bracke@UGent.be