David Gijbels is professor of learning and instruction and vice-dean in the Faculty of Social Sciences of the University of Antwerp.
His research is situated within the researchgroup EDUBRON and he teaches different courses in the master 'education and training sciences' (OOW). He is  co-founder of the Antwerp Social Lab and co-ordinating the scientific research network on 'learning strategies in informal and social learning contexts'.

He graduated from the Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences of the University of Leuven, Belgium and started his professional career at the University of Maastricht in The Netherlands were he also defended his PhD on the 'effects of problem-based learning environments'. Before his current position, he was a researcher and professional developer at the Center of Excellence in Higher Education (ECHO) of the University of Antwerp. In August 2011 he received the Erik De Corte award for 'young and promising scholar in the science of learning and instruction'  on the bi-annual conference of the European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction (EARLI) in Exeter (UK). From January-June 2015  he  was a visiting scholar at the Faculty of Education of Monash University in Melbourne, Australia.

From 2014-2017 he acted as editor-in-chief of Educational Research Review and currently serves the editorial board of that journal. He also serves the editorial boards of Contemporary Educational Psychology, Vocations and LearningActive Learning in Higher Education and New perspectives in Learning and Instruction



Contact details:
David Gijbels
Faculty of Social Sciences - Edubron research group
University of Antwerp
Sint-Jacobsstraat 2 -lokaal S.M.235
BE2000 Antwerp

Phone me: ++32 3 265 4807
Skype me: davidgijbelsUA
Tweet me: davidgijbelsUA
Mail me: david.gijbels@uantwerpen.be


Statute & functions

Zelfstandig academisch pers.

  • full professor


  • vice-dean

Internal mandates

bestuursorgaan bestuursmandaat

expertenorgaan expertenmandaat