I am a graduate from Ghent University (Belgium) and NUI Galway (Ireland). After a time of research and teaching in the fields of literature and drama I became involved in research policy and management as an advisor in Ghent University's Department of Research Affairs in 2006.
My pet projects as Advisor are situated at the intersection of research policies and HR policies, including: the establishment of Doctoral Schools at Ghent University, strengthening a quality culture in research and developing an HR strategy for researchers. In addition, I am closely involved in the policy relevant research centre ECOOM (Centre for R&D Monitoring) where we carry out policy-relevant studies on Ph.D. trajectories and researchers’ international and intersectoral mobility.
I have taken on the role of Advisor or Expert in a number of working groups in Flanders, for the OECD (Careers of Doctorate Holders) and for the European Commission (DG RTD). I am still closely involved in topics such as the HR Excellence Award, Open Transparent and Merit-Based Recruitment, Intersectoral Mobility of Researchers and Rewarding researchers in an Open Science context.
On August 1st 2018, I am leaving Ghent University to embark on a new challenge as Head of HR at Antwerp University (Belgium).