Lisa Popelier is a research and teaching assistant, and PhD student at the Institute of Development Policy and Management (IOB), University of Antwerp. She holds a Master of Economics (Ghent University) and a Master of Development Evaluation and Management (IOB).
Within the framework of her doctoral research, the focus is on inclusive development evaluation for marginalised groups. In particular, she wants to pay attention to the feasibility and potential (empowerment) effects resulting from the active inclusion and participation of 'silenced voices' such as persons with disability in M&E processes in a development context. Her past and future field research takes place in various locations in Uganda (e.g. Wakiso district).
As academic assistant, she provides guidance to IOB Master students, assists in the organisation of the short training initiative on strengthening evaluation societies and fulfills some other tasks related to teaching (e.g. organisation of debates on development topics). Her service delivery tasks include, amongst others, being a jury member for the City of Antwerp Subsidies for Development Cooperation and writing articles for the IOB alumni magazine (Exchange to Change).
Before coming to IOB, Lisa Popelier has conducted an internship followed by a consultancy assignment at the Evaluation Department of Unesco (HQ, Paris, Sept 2013-May 2014). During her AAP mandate, she has also been involved in a consultancy assignment commissioned by the Office of the Belgian Special Evaluator on Evaluability of Belgian development assistance (Febr-Oct 2015).