Team

Vincent De Prez

Vincent De Prez

Status: Phd researcher

Vincent De Prez obtained his Master of Science in Sociology in 2016 at the University of Ghent. For his master’s dissertation he conducted a European-wide comparative study on the link between societal inequality levels and individual subjective health perceptions, analogous with the literary tradition of Wilkinson and Pickett.

After obtaining his Master’s degree in Sociology, he obtained a Master in International and European Law (2017, Ghent University). The topic of his Master’s dissertation concerned European guidelines and regulations on alternative energy installations, within the broader framework of the EU 2020 strategy and the Paris Agreement.

In September 2018, Vincent started working as a PhD researcher at the University of Ghent. He conducts research on social inequalities in cancer prevention care and fundamental social causes. He works in collaboration with the Department of Sociology in Geneva.

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Contact

Vincent.DePrez@UGent.be
0032 9 264 68 12
Korte Meer 5, 9000 Ghent

Siyuan Chen

Siyuan Chen

Status: Phd researcher

Siyuan Chen obtained a Master’s degree in Sociology from the East China Normal University (ECNU) in June 2019. His research interests include marriage and family, social determinants of health, and quantitative methods.

At present, supported by the scholarship from the China Scholarship Council (CSC), he is working on his Ph.D. research project under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Piet Bracke on education expansion and health disparities in contemporary China. He aims at understanding how education interacts with family dynamics and population processes in shaping social inequalities in health and well-being over the life course, cohorts and social contexts.

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Siychen.Chen@ugent.be
OO32 9 264 84 53
Korte Meer 5, 9000 Ghent

Sam Gorleer

Sam Gorleer

Status: Phd researcher

Sam Gorleer obtained his Master of Science in Sociology in 2015 at the University of Ghent. For his master’s thesis, he explored the socio-psychological drivers behind students’ mobile phone choices, while also examining the relationship between these identified drivers and the social background of the students. After obtaining his Master’s degree in Sociology, he obtained a Master of Science in Complementary Studies in Business Economics (2016, Ghent University). The topic of his master’s thesis was situated in the field of Social Economy.

After having started his career in market research (quantitative research), Sam started working as a PhD researcher at the University of Ghent in 2017. His research is situated in the field of Blood Economy and aims to develop a comprehensive understanding of the structural determinants of blood donation in Europe

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Sam.Gorleer@UGent.be
0032 9 264 69 75
Korte Meer 3, 9000 Gent

Rubeena Slamat

Rubeena Slamat

Status: Phd researcher

Rubeena Slamat obtained her MPhil (Master of Philosophy) degree in Cultural Anthropology from Quaid-i-Azam University (Islamabad, Pakistan) in 2011. For her MPhil dissertation she investigated the socio-cultural perceptions about the provision of health care facilities for pregnant women in a village of Pakistan.

After graduation, she served as a Programme Officer in the NRSP (National Rural Support Programme, Pakistan) for more than three years. In that function, she was responsible for the administration of schools, the training of staff and the community, the inspection of flood affected areas and the WASH project. She also worked on a health insurance research project conducted by the University of Manneheim, in collaboration with the NRSP.

Rubeena is currently preparing a PhD under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Piet Bracke. Her research aims to uncover maternal health dynamics in the rural community of Punjab in Pakistan. In particular, she focuses on the impact of socio-cultural factors, the family and patriarchal structures on maternal health during the stages of pregnancy, birth, abortion and lactation.

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Contact

Rubeena.Slamat@UGent.be
0032 9 264 67 97
Korte Meer 5, 9000 Ghent

Ricardo Ayala

Ricardo Ayala

Status: Postdoctoral researcher

After a brief career in healthcare in Chile, Ricardo studied sociology at Université de Strasbourg (France) and completed his doctoral research at Ghent University with a dissertation in the field of sociology of the professions. He has also been trained in historiographical methods at Panthéon-Sorbonne University (Paris 1). He furthermore holds affiliation with the Association Française de Sociologie, the International Institute for Qualitative Methodology, the European Association for the History of Medicine and Health, and the European Association for the Teaching of Academic Writing. His interests include history of science, social theory, ethnographic research, social science methodologies and concept development.

In the HeDeRa group, Ricardo (financed by Foundation Flanders (FWO)) develops an emerging research interest in the sociology of health professions and mentors junior qualitative researchers at the 'Kwalitatief op Zolder study' seminar. He teaches at postgraduate programmes in both the Faculty of Political & Social Sciences and the Faculty of Medicine.

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https://biblio.ugent.be/person/000100931530

Contact

RicardoAlexis.AyalaValenzuela@UGent.be
Korte Meer 5, 9000 Ghent

Piet Bracke

Piet Bracke

Status: Professor

Piet Bracke is a full professor at the Department of Sociology at Ghent University. 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. He and his collaborators are eager to contribute to the further development of institutional theories of population (mental) health.

Piet Bracke was appointed honorary professor in medical sociology at Nottingham University (2009-2012). In spring 2017 he is connected to the University of Geneva as NCCR LIVES Visiting scholar. He is a former president of the European Society of Health and Medical Sociology (ESHMS, 2010-2014), and a former member of the Board of Governors of Ghent University (2012-2014).

Research

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

Contact

Piet.Bracke@UGent.be
0032 9 264 68 03
Korte Meer 5, 9000 Ghent

Melissa Ceuterick

Melissa Ceuterick

Status: Postdoctoral researcher

Melissa Ceuterick is a postdoctoral fellow at Hedera since 2017.

As a cultural anthropologist trained at Ghent University, Melissa has a background in qualitative research methods. Her PhD focused on the use and perception of traditional medicine among Andean migrants in the UK (University of Bradford, 2009). After working as a resident professor for Duke University’s global health program in Costa Rica (2012), she coordinated several applied research projects in the Flemish integration sector, mainly in the field of migrants’ health and wellbeing. She also co-edited “Bouwstenen voor een cultuursensitieve zorg- en welzijnsorganisatie” (Politeia, 2016).

She is in charge of the Seminar on Health Sociology and Social Demography. In addition she is co-teaching in the master courses on Migration and Integration and Sociology of Health and Illness.

Her research interests include the link between migration, mental health and identity. As main researcher on the Belspo funded project 'BENZO_NET', she explores user perspectives on long-term use of benzodiazepines. In addition, she is coordinating the FWO (Rode Neuzen Fonds) project 'A culturally-sensitive stigma survey'. As of 2020 she will be co-supervising the Belspo funded REMEDI project, which builds on the previous 'Mind the Gate' study on general practitioners' decision-making regarding patients with mental health care problems.

Research

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https://biblio.ugent.be/publication?q=%22melissa+ceuterick%22

Contact

Melissa.Ceuterick@UGent.be
0032 9 264 68 01
Korte Meer 5, 9000 Ghent

Lotta Vandermeulen

Lotta Vandermeulen

Status: Phd researcher

Lotta Van der Meulen obtained her Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Ghent University in September 2019.

During her studies she participated in Ghent University’s Honours Programme ‘Quetelet Lectures’, which allowed her to broaden her scientific horizons. For her master dissertation she applied a Dialogical Self perspective in her meta-synthesis on medically unexplained symptoms (MUS).

In December 2019, Lotta started working for the FWO (Rode Neuzen Fonds) project ‘A culturally-sensitive stigma survey’. The survey investigates the stigma that is present among Flemish youth regarding mental health problems, as well as the youth’s causal attributions and help-seeking advice. Thereby the project hopes to inform future anti-stigma campaigns.

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Contact

lotta.vandermeulen@ugent.be

Lisa Colman

Lisa Colman

Status: Phd researcher

In 2017 Lisa Colman graduated as a Master of Science in Sociology at Ghent University. For her master’s thesis, she analysed - using quantitative multilevel analyses - the relationship between divorces and the development of adolescent externalizing deviant behaviour within the school context. After these studies, Lisa started a second master in political science (international politics), which she obtained in September 2019. The topic of her second master’s thesis was about macroeconomic policy decisions - especially during the euro crisis - and the link between European populism.

September 2019, she started as a teaching assistant at the Sociology department of Ghent University. She teaches workshops in sociological research, coordinates sociological courses and arranges the organization of exams.

Currently, Lisa is preparing a PhD under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Piet Bracke. In her PhD, she will focus on stigma and discrimination associated with mental illnesses. Quantitative analytical methods will be used to conduct this research.

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Contact

Lisa.Colman@UGent.be
0032 9 264 68 12
Korte Meer 5, 9000 Ghent

Katrijn Delaruelle

Katrijn Delaruelle

Status: Phd researcher

Katrijn studied Sociology and completed her doctoral research at Ghent University, under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Piet Bracke. Her PhD dissertation focused on the impact of educational expansion and educational systems on health inequalities between lower- and higher- educated individuals.
She currently works as postdoctoral research at both the Department of Sociology and the Department of Public Health and Primary Care. At the Department of Sociology, she is involved in the Mind the Gate project, which studies general practitioners' decision-making regarding patients with mental health problems.
Her research interests include the link between social inequalities in health and the macro-sociological context.

Research

Bibliography

https://biblio.ugent.be/person/000100313861

Contact

Katrijn.Delaruelle@UGent.be
0032 9 264 68 12
Korte Meer 5, 9000 Ghent

Karen Vanderlinden

Karen Vanderlinden

Status: Phd researcher

Karen Vanderlinden graduated as a sociologist at Ghent University in 2013. For her master thesis she investigated the connection between poverty and breastfeeding among natives and migrants in Belgium. After obtaining her master degree in sociology, she was employed as a teaching assistant. She teaches several courses for different subjects: Actuele Maatschappelijke Problemen (Contemporary Social Problems), Sociologisch Onderzoek II (Sociological Research: Methodology), Sociology van de moderniteit (Classic Sociology); organizes and coordinates workshops, mini-conferences and exams on a larger scale; grades papers in several stages to help ensure continuous feedback for students…

Karen is currently preparing a PhD under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Bart Van de Putte and Prof. Dr. Piet Bracke. The PhD thesis will build further on her master thesis. The central aim is to study breastfeeding from a sociological perspective, meaning that for her PhD the idea of having many breastfeeding ‘choices’ is put into question. Using an intersectional perspective, she studies several (social) axes; like poverty, education, gender, policies,… and the way they influence breastfeeding practices and patterns. At the end of her PhD she means to construct a large sociological and theoretical framework that shows the different kind of pathways in which women and mothers are guided to their feeding ‘choices’. Simultaneously, she will zoom out and take a broader look at general reproductive health profiles worldwide in order to tease out reproductive differences that are often overlooked in general health studies, but also to provide more structure for her PhD articles focusing on Belgium and Europe.

Bibliography

https://biblio.ugent.be/person/000090508171

Contact

Karen.Vanderlinden@UGent.be
0032 9 264 91 69
Korte Meer 5, 9000 Ghent

Heather Johnson

Heather Johnson

Status: Phd researcher

Heather Johnson obtained her Masters of the Arts in Sociology from North Carolina State University in the spring of 2019, where she was also a teaching assistant. Her thesis was a qualitative study which focused on the ways in which North Carolina women chefs/restaurant owners navigated a historically hypermasculine profession and whether their workplaces adhered to patriarchal norms, challenged them, or did both simultaneously.

In the fall of 2019, she became an exchange student at Ghent University. Under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Bart Van de Putte, her current preliminary dissertation research focuses on the nexus of immigration and food.

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Heather.Johnson@UGent.be
0032 9 264 6797
Korte Meer 5, 9000 Ghent

Bart Van de Putte

Bart Van de Putte

Status: Professor

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.

Bibliography

https://biblio.ugent.be/person/802000081979

Contact

Bart.Vandeputte@UGent.be
0032 9 264 68 00
Korte Meer 5, 9000 Ghent

Barbara Willems

Barbara Willems

Status: Phd researcher

In 2016 Barbara Willems graduated as a master of science in Sociology at Ghent University. She did not only broaden her academic capacities during her education in Sociology, but also during a new two-year extracurricular honors program the University of Ghent launched in 2013 for 50 selected students who want to enrich their scientific view.

For her master thesis she focused on a theme in the domain of sociology of the family. Based on self-collected data, she studied whether adolescent sibling relationships in nuclear families differ from those in stepfamilies. More specifically, the focus was on the experience of status conflict in the sibling dyad.

Currently, Barbara is preparing a PhD under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Piet Bracke, funded by the Special Research Fund (BOF) of Ghent University. In her PhD, she studies the social reproduction of preventive health behavior in Europe, its societal transformations and fundamental social causes. The focus is on comparative health research and quantitative methods are used.

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Contact

Barbara.Willems@UGent.be
0032 9 264 68 12
Korte Meer 5, 9000 Ghent