I am a multimedia specialist turned social scientist, holding a bachelor's degree in Multimedia and Communication Technology (University College West-Flanders) and a master's degree in Political Sciences (Ghent University). Currently I am affiliated with the Herman Deleeck Centre for Social Policy, working on a (FWO funded) project entitled The redistributive capacity of the innovating welfare state: a comparative evaluation of Sweden, The Netherlands and Belgium. I am also a member of the faculty council (Faculty of Political and Social Sciences).
My main research topics are family policy (childcare, parental leave and child benefits) and its social distribution, poverty and social inequality, female labour market participation and gender equality, and the social investment state. Articles on these topics have appeared in Journal of European Social Policy, Acta Sociologica, Journal of Social Policy and European Societies amongst others. Book chapters have appeared with Oxford University Press and Palgrave.
Please visit www.wimvanlancker.be for up-to-date information on my publications, research and lectures.