Dimokritos Kavadias is professor at the Political Science Department of the Free University of Brussels (VUB). He is since 2015 the director of the Brussels Information, Documentation and Research centre (BRIO), located at the VUB. He started as a graduated researcher on in 1993, and developed expertise in Delphi-methodology, survey methodology among immigrant groups, oral history reconstruction through qualitative interviewing and focused interviews as well as focus group research. His PhD (2004) focused on the impact of schools and teachers on political attitudes of adolescents, using survey material as well as qualitative analysis of interviews. From 2005 he supervised research on policy research projects commissioned by the National Institute for Statistics on educational statistics (2002, 2005), the King-Baudouin-foundation on civic education (2006-2009), the Centre for Equal Opportunities and Opposition to Racism on extremist attitudes (CGKR, 2006), the Flemish Association for Development Cooperation and Technical Assistance on teacher development (VVOB, 2009), and the Flemish Ministry of Education (2005, 2006, 2009, 2013, 2014).
The more fundamental research focuses on the influence of schools and teachers on the shaping of political attitudes and knowledge of adolescents (political socialisation). He is mainly interested in the political effects of socialization and schooling, using large-scale samples of pupils, in schools and, more recently, using international comparative micro-data on pupils.
Dimokritos Kavadias has a thorough expertise on survey methodology and multi-method project management. He was fully responsible for the survey of immigrants in the Brussels-Capital Region in 1995 (Moroccans, Turks, and compared with a sample of lower educated Belgians, n=1200) , 12th graders in 1997 (4722 pupils, 670 teachers and 63 principals), 11th and 12th graders in Brussels in 2001 (n=800), the Flemish part of the International Civics and Citizenship Study 2009 (8th grade pupils, teachers, principals), teacher surveys on civic education (2009), teacher surveys in 2010-11 using on-line questionnaires, and combining quantitative designs with qualitative designs (either in the phase of survey preparation, or in the phase deepening explanations of exploring new pathways after quantitative surveys). The current methodological work of Dimokritos Kavadias concerns (in close collaboration with Prof. Benoit Rihoux - UCL) the management, of the Methodological Assistance and Support Team within the interuniversity Partirep- Project.