Interface Demography – VUB

Interface Demography is a research centre connected to the Sociology Department of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, with a strong expertise in both demographic and sociologic research. Its main topics of interest are (1) population dynamics in Belgium and Europe, (2) labour market-related determinants of health and well-being and (3) the management, linkage and exploration of large administrative and survey data. The SEAD projects fits in a growing research line coordinated by prof. dr. Christophe Vanroelen, which is concerned with various aspects of the work and employment situation as determinants of health and well-being (inequalities) in workers.

Christophe Vanroelen
+32 2 614 81 25

Christophe Vanroelen is associate professor and director of the Interface Demography research centre. He holds a PhD in social health sciences and master degrees in sociology and applied social science statistics. His research focuses predominantly on the quality of work and employment as determinants of health and well-being among workers.

Karen Van Aerden
+32 2 614 81 56

Karen Van Aerden is a senior researcher connected to the Interface Demography research centre since November 2011. In 2018, she successfully defended her PhD in Sociology. Currently, she works on different projects related to her main research interests: job and employment quality in relation to employees’ mental and physical health.  

Jessie Gevaert
+32 2 614 81 38

Jessie Gevaert is a doctoral student connected to Interface Demography since 2017. She holds a master degree in sociology, which she completed with a MA dissertation on the working conditions and work-related health of the self-employed. Her current research focuses mostly on the work-related well-being of people in self-employment and small enterprises.

Jens Doms
+32 2 614 81 25

Jens Doms is a junior researcher connected to Interface Demography since 2021. He holds a bachelor’s degree in communications management (Arteveldehogeschool, 2019) and a master’s degree in sociology (VUB, 2021). Currently, he is involved in several research projects on topics such as digitalisation of work and well-being at work.

Department of Economics (ECON) – KU Leuven

The team for this project at the Department of Economics (ECON) of KU Leuven is composed of two economists with a broad experience in econometrics, labour economics and socio-economic analysis.

Nick Deschacht
+32 2 609 81 99

Nick Deschacht is Associate Professor at the Faculty of Economics and Business of KU Leuven and guest professor in labour economics at Antwerp University. His research is focused on applied micro-econometrics and the political economy of labor markets, with an emphasis on issues relating to discrimination in the labor market and wage formation. He teaches courses on econometrics, policy evaluation methods and labour economics.

Céline Detilleux

Céline Detilleux is a doctoral student in labour economics at the Department of Economics of KU Leuven. She holds a Master’s degree in Econometrics and Operations Research from Maastricht University and a Research Master’s degree of Advanced Studies in Economies from KU Leuven. Her research is focused on wage setting and monopsony power of employers in labour markets.

HIVA Research Institute for Work and Society – KU Leuven

HIVA – Research Institute for Work and Society is a multidisciplinary research institution at KU Leuven, specialised in policy-oriented research. The SEAD project fits in the expertise and research tradition of the Work, Organisation and Social Dialogue research group of HIVA. This research group studies the opportunities for high-quality, long-term jobs and how the policy applied by organisations, sectors and other actors affects those opportunities. Since several years, the relationship between digitalisation, social dialogue and job quality is one of the central research topics.

Ezra Dessers
+32 16 32 04 67

Ezra Dessers is research manager at HIVA – KU Leuven and assistant professor at the Centre for Sociological Research – KU Leuven. His research is focused on the relation between people, organisations and technology, in various societal domains. Ezra holds graduate degrees in sociology, spatial planning and information technology, and obtained a PhD degree in Social Sciences at the KU Leuven in 2012.  

Ine Smits
+32 16 37 67 87

Ine Smits is a doctoral student connected to HIVA-KU Leuven since 2016. She holds a master degree in sociology (KU Leuven, 2015) and in business communication (UCL, 2017), which she completed with MA dissertations on working conditions and internal communication in Sociotechnical System (STS) Design. She was involved in the InGRID-projects as a researcher and assistant-coordinator. Her current research focuses on the link between digitalisation, organisational context and job quality.


LENTIC is a multidisciplinary research center of HEC-Liège (University of Liège), focused on the human and organizational aspects of change processes and new work arrangements on the labour market (see It includes scholars with various backgrounds: sociology, management, anthropology, communication, political science, etc. Its main areas of research are the evolutions of the HR function, the link between HRM policies and organizational design, new organizational forms and their impact on social dialogue, new forms of employment and the management of the digital transformation.

Francois Pichault
+32 4 366 30 70

Francois Pichault, PhD in sociology, is full Professor at HEC-Management School (University of Liège, Belgium). As chairman of LENTIC, he has been the main coordinator of several interdisciplinary research projects on flexicurity, independent professionals, digitization and industrial relations, or new forms of careers.  He currently holds the Securex professorship on New Opportunities for Organizations, People & Employment Intermediaries in a Changing Labor Market (2017-2020). He is also the Scientific Director of Entreprise & Personnel (Paris), a think tank focused on the future of the HRM function.

Laura Beuker
+32 4 366 31 53

Laura Beuker has a PhD in Political and Social Sciences. She is a researcher at LENTIC and in charge of event projects at MSH (ULiège). Her current research interests include labour market intermediaries, new forms of employment, social protection and collective representation of self-employed professionals. Its main publications concern the active labour market policies, new forms of social dialogue for the autonomous workers and comparison between European national contexts related to self-employment. en in 2012.

Marine Franssen
+32 4 366 31 48

Marine Franssen is a researcher at LENTIC since 2013. She holds a master degree in Human Resources Management from the University of Liege. Her main fields of research currently include the interplays between digitalization and trade unions, artificial intelligence and its impact on skills and activities as well as in a EU-research that focuses on university-entreprises collaboration in North Africa. 


Metices is a is a multidisciplinary research centre at the Faculty of Philosophy and Social Sciences of the Université libre de Bruxelles ( Within the field of work, employment and professional training, Metices specializes in the study of organization and conditions of work, occupational health, labour market dynamics and occupational trajectories, the evolution of trades and sectors of activity as well as employment policies, industrial relations and trade union activity. The centre’s team works with a mixed methodology combining qualitative and quantitative approaches. The centre has a longstanding experience in research carried out in the Belgian and regional context and in international partnerships at the European level.

Esteban Martinez
+32 2 650 34 33

Esteban Martinez is professor of sociology of work and director of Metices research centre. He holds a PhD in political and social sciences. His research focuses mainly on work organization, work and employment conditions, industrial relations and unionism. 

Meike Brodersen
+32 2 650 31 89

Meike Brodersen is a post-doc at METICES after having defended her PhD in Sociology in 2019 at Université Libre de Bruxelles. With a background in sociology of work and mobility, she takes a particular interest in the shifting space-time productions in contemporary work and professional biographies. She has worked in a number of interdisciplinary research projects in the past, most recently focusing on the platform economy in Brussels.

Anastasia Joukovsky
+32 2 650 34 51

Anastasia Joukovsky is a researcher at METICES and holds a master’s degree in sociology from Université Libre de Bruxelles, where she developed a strong interest in the field of work and occupations. She has worked on several interdisciplinary projects related to public institutions, environmental issues, professionalisation & gender equality, and is currently focusing on the digitalisation of work and the platform economy.

Research funded by Belspo


Sustainable employment in the age of digitalisation – Research project