Within OASeS (www.oases.be) and VLAS (www.vlaamsarmoedesteunpunt.be) Sylvie Van Dam worked on a PhD about the role of migrant organizations in poverty alleviation. (Challenges and capabilities : real opportunities of migrant organisations and intervention strategies for local target-group driven poverty alleviation; http://hdl.handle.net/10067/1389140151162165141)
Furthermore she worked on action research into a project that invests in the support of ex-inmates during the periode directly after their release. (https://www.departementwvg.be/home-welzijn-en-samenleving-hulp-en-dienstverlening-aan-gedetineerden-gevangenis-antwerpen)
Currently, she is involved in research about a network among diverse parnters in the city of Antwerp that focus on supporting vulnerable families.