Originally a graduate of Ghent University (Belgium, 1995) I obtained an MA Degree (1996) and a PhD Degree in Arts (2001) from the National University of Ireland, Galway. I taught literature and drama and carried out further research at postdoctoral level in Ireland and in Belgium.
In my new job as policy advisor in Ghent University's Department of Research Affairs in 2006, I developed a passionate interest in research policy and management. My pet projects have been related to the establishment of Doctoral Schools at Ghent University, strengthening a quality culture in research and developing a HR strategy for researchers. I'm also closely involved in the ECOOM research centre (Centre for R&D Monitoring), commissioned by the Flemish Government to map Ph.D. success rates, doctoral careers and researchers’ mobility. Our centre publishes studies on Ph.D. trajectories, careers of researchers and researchers’ mobility.
I've taken part in a number of expert groups and stakeholders’ meetings of the European Commission, the OECD and the Flemish Government, preparing policy recommendations and developing monitoring tools related to researchers’ careers.