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University of Leuven (HIVA)
Research Institute for Work and Society

 Contact details
Contact personProf. dr. Idesbald NICAISE
senior lecturer 
StreetParkstraat 47 (PO Box 5300) 
Address 3000 - Leuven (Belgium) 
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 Organisation details
Employees (in Depart.)51-250 
Organisation TypeResearch Organisation 
 Research Focus

 Fields of activities:
» Economics
» Sociology
» Other social sciences
» Education (incl. training, pedagogy, didactics)
» Public affairs
» Social work
» Other applied sciences

 Brief description of your activity focus
social policy, social inclusion, education

 Details about Expertise / Competences / Technologies
1996 PhD in economics : ‘Poverty and human capital’ - Cath. Univ. Leuven
Head of research unit education and lifelong learning’ at HIVA since 1989;
Main research areas : social inclusion policies, with focus on social protection, education and labour market policies,
2002- : Part-time professor at Univ. of Leuven (‘economics of education’ / ‘education and society’ at Dept of Education; ‘sociology of education’ at Dept of Sociology; ‘economics of social security’ at Faculty of Law)
Experience in international research and consulting: work for European Commission (DG Employment and Social Affairs; DG Education and Culture), and various other organisations (participation in / coordination of research networks); organisation of / speaker at European conferences and seminars.
Study visits outside Europe: Brazil, USA, Morocco, Thailand, Canada, Vietnam, Zambia
Other activities: chair of the Belgian ‘Resource Centre for the Fight against Poverty’.
 Research Activities

 EU Framework Programme related activities:
» Changing role of knowledge throughout the economy
» Structural changes in the knowledge economy and society
» Strengthening policy coherence & coordination in Europe
» Regional, territorial and social cohesion
» Participation and citizenship in Europe
» Diversities and commonalities in Europe
» Developing better indicators for policy
» Mutual learning and co-operation

 Project participation
Project #1
Project TypeFP7
Project TitleCurriculum & Quality Analysis and Impact Review of European Early Childhood Education and Care
Specific Themeaccessibility and inclusiveness of early childhood education
CoordinatorPaul Leseman (Utrecht Univ.)
Project #2
Project TypeFP7
Project TitleInclusive Growth Research Infrastructure Diffusion
Specific Themeresearch infrastructure project on living conditions, work & social inclusion
Project websiteinclusivegrowth.be/
CoordinatorGuy Van Gyes
Project #3
Project TypeFP6
Project TitleTowards a Lifelong Learning Society in Europe: The Contribution of the Education System
Specific ThemeLifelong learning policies in Europe
Project websitehttp://lll2010.tlu.ee/
CoordinatorEllu Saar (Tallinn Univ.)
Project #4
Project TypeNational
Project TitlePolicy Research Centre Educational and school careers
Specific Themeeducation and lifelong learning policies in Flanders
Project websitewww.steunpuntSSL.be
Project #5
Project TypeOther (International)
Project TitleNetwork of Independent Experts on Social Inclusion
Specific Themeassessment of social inclusion policies in EU member states
Project websitehttp://ec.europa.eu/social/main.jsp?catId=1025&langId=en
CoordinatorEric Marlier & Hugh Frazer (CEPS/INSTEAD)

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