Collaboration & Networking

Collaboration and networking are considered of great importance. By bringing together different skills and expertise collaboration generates considerable added value and helps the Centre to ensure that i) its work incorporates the best insights available, ii) it can cover a wider range of important research areas through leveraging the expertise of the broader research community,iii) it is able to address more complex issues. The Centre aims to realize partnerships and collaborations at three different levels and along the axes of both education and research.

 

First, within the University. The Centre maintains associate memberships, interdisciplinary research projects and networks (Forum Federalisme) with other faculties, such as the Law faculty and the faculty of Applied Economics.  The Bachelor and Master program Social and Economic Sciences (joint initiative of the faculty of Political and Social Sciences and the faculty of Applied Economics) provides the foundation for teaching cooperation.

 

Second, through different research (COVIVE, Social Cohesion, …) and teaching (e.g. ‘Leeronderzoek’ in collaboration with the Katholieke Hogeschool Geel) projects the Centre has also links with several other research institutes (CES and HIVA (KULeuven), interface demography (VUB), Chaire Hoover (UCL)) in the country.

 

Third, at the international level the Centre cooperates with leading institutes in the field of social policy and is well integrated in international networks (e.g. SHARE, the  Network of Excellence EQUALSOC, EUROMOD, LOwer, GINI).

 

Lastly, the Centre is well connected to the world of policy makers. Not only does the Centre’s research have direct or indirect policy relevance, various researchers are also member of policy and policy preparation bodies, which enables them to follow up closely on policy developments and issues.

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