Vanessa Joosen specializes in English literature and children's literature studies. Her research interests include the construction of childhood, adulthood and old age in literature, postmodern fairy-tale rewritings, the international reception of fairy tales, genetic criticism of children's books and digital approaches to children's literature studies. She also co-supervises a doctoral project on STEM representations in children's books, a doctoral project on hypermedia fiction for adolescents and one on Aidan Chambers' writing process. Professor Joosen teaches courses on literature in English and Children's Literature. Since 2018 she has organized the Children's Literature Summer School at the University of Antwerp: https://www.uantwerpen.be/en/summer-schools/childrens-literature-summer-school/programme/content-description. In 2019, Vanessa Joosen set up the project "Constructing Age for Young Readers," for which she received an ERC Starting Grant.