Coronavirus expert list - This list is frequently updated

Coronavirus expert list - This list is frequently updated

Effects on society: health care, education, politics, economy, climate,...

The effects of the Coronavirus are unparalleled, with all sections of society affected. That is why we have listed a few experts for you, from the medical sector as well as in blended learning and new technologies that make homeworking and teaching possible. You will also find researchers here who can help you with the following questions: What are the effects on humans as social animals in this lockdown? How will this develop politically and what are the economic consequences in Belgium and Europe? What are the possible consequences for the environment, climate and mobility? The academic experts of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel are happy to share their knowledge and analysis with you. 

 

Medicine

MARK RUNACRES – Professor of fluid mechanics and head FabLab Brussels

Prototype simple ventilator

Mark.runacres@vub.be

0476 41 24 63

 

MARC NOPPEN – CEO UZ Brussel

Via Gina Volkaert

Gina.volkaert@uzbrussel.be

0476 88 67 24

 

DIRK DEVROEY - General practitioner

Dirk.devroey@vub.be

0475 85 38 12

 

PATRICIA DE VRIENDT - Gerontology

Patricia.de.vriendt@vub.be

02 477 63 66

 

Education

WIM VAN DEN BROECK - Educational psychology

Learning disabilities

Willem.van.den.broeck@vub.be

0487 42 60 13

 

NADINE ENGELS - Educational science

Well-being of pupils and teachers, teaching profession, school culture psychology, blended learning

Nadine.engels@vub.be

0475 30 51 21

 

KOEN LOMBAERTS - Educational Sciences

Educational innovation, independent learning, online learning

koen.lombaerts@vub.be

0478 249 779

 

 

Society

ELKE VAN HOOF - Health Psychology

Burnout, stress, trauma, overgevoeiligheid

Elke.van.hoof@vub.be

0479 99 12 19

 

SARAH DE GIETER - Organisational psychology

Organisational psychology, human resources

Sara.De.Gieter@vub.be

0474 40 20 25

 

DOMINIQUE VERTÉ  - Adult educational sciences

Belgian Ageing Studies, social gerontology, needs of the elderly, ageing

Dominique.Verte@vub.be

0479 791 943

http://www.belgianageingstudies.be/  

 

IGNACE GLORIEUX - Sociology of time

 

“The coronavirus thoroughly disrupts daily life. People are advised to work from home, schools are closed. Restaurants, bars and shops are closed, public events are cancelled. Public life comes to a standstill and we are asked to withdraw into the private sphere. In just a few weeks, daily life as we know it from our time studies has changed drastically. The traditional social ‘Zeitgebers’, such as working hours, school hours, opening hours, no longer function. Spheres of life that are often strictly separated in modern societies – family, work, education, care, leisure – are brought back into the family sphere from one day to the next. This disruption of routines may also offer opportunities; restrictions often lead to new possibilities. Maybe it makes us think about the rush of our daily lives, maybe it makes us think about how we spend our time? Maybe it also leads to new forms of working and collaboration? But maybe after this crisis we will realise more than ever that working is a social activity that we should keep separate from the family sphere and that it is nice to relax outside the family sphere with other people. And perhaps we will also come to realise that a collective regulation of time is not necessarily a restriction, but a necessity in order to manage social life.”

Ignace.glorieux@vub.be

0475 25 48 02

 

JESSY SIONGERS - Sociology of youth

Leisure and youth. Working at the Youth Research Platform and the Knowledge Centre for Cultural and Media Participation.

“At the Knowledge Centre for Cultural and Media Participation, we have just postponed a face-to-face survey among more than 2,000 Flemish people about their leisure activities, because in these times of Corona, an oral survey is no longer justified. The survey is intended to allow comparisons to be made with the measurements taken in 2014, 2009 and 2004 (see also the web tool at www.participatiesurvey.be). We can already state, however, that Flemish people’s leisure time expenditure will look completely different in 2020. This applies in particular to young people, who participate most strongly in organised leisure activities and for whom meeting friends is central in their choice of leisure activities.”

Jessy.Siongers@vub.be

0471 96 08 69

 

MARK ELCHARDUS - Cultural sociology

Contemporary development of opinions, attitudes and ways of thinking and feeling

Mark.elchardus@vub.be

0475 77 36 15

 

PATRICK DEBOOSERE - Demography

Health demography, ageing, households and families, inequalities in mortality and health

Patrick.deboosere@vub.be

0495 29 68 04

 

DAVE SINARDET - Political science

Federalism, nationalism, Belgian politics 

dave.sinardet@vub.be

0473 97 69 90

LOUISE HON - Political science

Euroscepticism, EU democracy, voting behaviour and public opinion

louise.hoon@vub.be

0474 86 27 36

 

Economy

HERMAN MATTHIJS - Economy

Overheidsfinancien, begroting, overheidsadministratie

Herman.matthijs@vub.be

0477 20 59 08

 

KIM WILLEMS - Economy

Specialisation (retail) marketing and consumer behaviour, marketing strategy

Kim.willems@vub.be

02 629 18 79

 

LEO VAN HOVE - Economics

E-commerce, payment systems, currency economy

Leo.van.hove@vub.be

0474 24 90 65

 

Mobility

PHILIPPE LEBEAU - Goods flows

Sustainable logistics, urban logistics

Philippe.Lebeau@vub.be

02 614 83 24

 

GEERT TE BOVELDT - Urban mobility and public transport

Geert.teboveldt@vub.be

0488 58 71 02

 

History

NEL DE MÛELENAERE - History

Humanitarian aid (by and for women) and standards of living during and after the First World War.

“The major flu epidemics of 1918 and 1919 left deep wounds in Belgium, leaving some 280,000 victims. However, both the German and Belgian authorities buried their heads in the sand, and a nationally coordinated policy was lacking due to the chaotic war situation and the lack of scientific knowledge, civilian doctors and medicines. The censored press systematically minimised the disease, seeking scapegoats left and right – from women with bare necks to Chinese guest workers and Bolshevism.”

Nel.De.Muelenaere@vub.be

0495 87 96 26

 

Statistics

ANN VAN GRIENSVEN - Biological engineering and hydrological modelling

avgriens@vub.be

0484 76 16 96

 

KURT BARBÉ - Biostatistics

Research group Biostatistics and Medical informatics (BISI).

“Every day I post an update of the model on Facebook,. For the time being, I try to get the number of tests to correct the model. My model currently looks as follows with interpretation: https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=10220999217266051&id=1110528541.”

kurt.barbe@vub.be

0479 25 72 46 

 

Climate

WIM THIERY - Climate science

“Globally, governments are stepping up their efforts to deal with the COVID-19 crisis, showing what a response to a global crisis can and should be: government action based on scientific knowledge and individual behavioural changes that together achieve results, with an emphasis on protecting the most vulnerable.”

(based on: https://climateanalytics.org/blog/2020/responding-to-a-global-crisis-the-coronavirus-pandemic-and-the-climate-emergency/)

wim.thiery@vub.be

0485 70 80 18

 

Europe

ALEXANDER MATTELAER - Political science

Director IES - Institute of European Studies

European integration, defence policy and Nato, state sovereignty

alexander.mattelaer@vub.be

0495 25 16 72

 

LUK VAN LANGENHOVE - Psychology and sociology

Regional integration, social sciences, positioning theory and psychology

“EUTOPIA goes digital! The travel restrictions and the principle of social distancing certainly do affect the project of establishing a European University. But it also creates a big opportunity to digitize collaborations. From its inception, he EUTOPIA project always has stressed that there is more than just physical mobility of students and staff to create a European university. Today, we are working hard to digitize board meetings and staff and student encounters.”

luk.van.langenhove@vub.be

0473 981 956

 

JAMAL SHAHIN - Political science (EN, NL, FR, with British experience)

Impact of the internet on policymaking, political participation in the EU and globally. New forms of social and political organisation at global level and their impact on decision-making. EU communication on domestic and international stages

jamal.shahin@vub.be

0474 48 09 74

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