By way of introduction, a short bio : I studied political science in Brussels, at both the Vrije Universiteit Brussel and the Université libre Bruxelles, and social geography in Amsterdam, at the Universiteit van Amsterdam. In 2002 I obtained my Ph.D. at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, went to the Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen for a post-doctoral research project, and joined the department of Political Science at the Universiteit Antwerpen as an Assistant Professor in 2006. Since 2009 I direct the Policy Research Centre on Equality Policies. And in 2011 I took over the presidency of Sophia, the Belgian association of gender studies, together with Stéphanie Loriaux.
My research focuses on issues of equality and diversity, mainly - but not exclusively - from a gender perspective. It looks into the representation of gender in politics and policies. I study questions of democracy and representation; electoral systems and their degree of inclusiveness; electoral system design and gender quotas; symbolic representation and its connection with other dimensions of representation; the inclusiveness of public policies, their framing, discursive constructions and design; the gendering of public policies, especially through gender impact assessment and discursive practices; the Belgian women's movement and women's policy agencies; and issues of inequality in multi level systems, especially federations.
This research situates itself within the Research Group on Citizenship, Equality & Diversity.
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