Gaëlle Ouvrein (Ph.D.) works as a researcher at the deparment Communication Science, research group MIOS. The focus of her research is on online celebrity bashing. This concept refers to all kinds of online attacking and abuse oriented at celebrities. Within this domain, she investigated the different roles of involvement (as bystander, perpetrator and celebrity-victim). She uses both qualitative and quantitative research methods. Moreover, she also regularly makes the link between research on celebrity bashing and research on cyberbullying. 

Since October 2019, she works as a postdoctoral researcher on a new project (“In the spotlight”) which build upon her Ph.D.. The aim of the project is to learn more about the causal link between exposure to celebrity bashing and and bashing behavior among adolescents. This research will be funded by FWO (Fonds Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek- Flanders). 


In the academic year 2019-2020 Gaëlle will teach the course Interpersonal Communication in the Bachelor Communication Sciences at the University of Antwerp. 

Examples of publications

Ouvrein, G., Hallam, L., De Backer, C.J.S., & Vandebosch, H. (2019). Bashed at first sight. The experiences and coping strategies of reality-TV stars confronted with celebrity bashing. Celebrity Studies. https://doi.org/10.1080/19392397.2019.1637269

Ouvrein, G., De Backer, C.J.S.  & Vandebosch, H.  (2018). Online celebrity aggression: A combination of low empathy and high moral disengagement? The relationship between empathy and moral disengagement and adolescents’ online celebrity aggression. Computers in Human Behavior, 89, 61-69. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.chb.2018.07.029

 Ouvrein, G., De Backer, C. J. S., & Vandebosch, H. (2018). Joining the clash or refusing to bash? Bystanders reactions to online celebrity bashing. Cyberpsychology: Journal of Psychosocial Research on Cyberspace, 12(4), article 5. https://doi.org/10.5817/CP2018-4-5 


Statute & functions

Bijzonder academisch personeel

  • FWO postdoctoral fellowship