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Project team

The EMSOC project ended in November 2014. The website and the newsletter are therefore currently no longer updated. You are obviously welcome to visit this site and to browse through the information that we have posted during the past four years!

 

 

20 persons from 3 different universities and of 6 different research groups work together on the EMSOC project. For the Vrije Universiteit Brussel SMIT and LSTS are involved, for Universiteit Gent MICT and C&E and for KU Leuven ICRI and CUO. The different groups together form an interdisciplinary team who is specialised in fundamental and applied research in the areas of ICT, media economy & policy, Law, science, technology & society, Usability & User Interface Design and Culture & Education studies. At least 6 Ph D thesis’s arise from the EMSOC project. As EMSOC is subsidised by the ‘Agentschap voor Innovatie door Wetenschap en Technologie’ (IWT) all scientific realisations and strategic valorisation are closely watched over by IWT.

Jana Bens

Communications Officer

Biografie

Jana Bens graduated as master in the Communication Sciences at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel in 2012. In 2013 she joined iMinds-SMIT (VUB) as a junior researcher, working on various research themes, such as media literacy, online privacy and digital participation. Since 2014 she is a member of the EMSOC team, as the communications officer for the project.

Contact

iMinds - SMIT, Studies on Media, Information & Telecommunication
Vrije Universiteit Brussel

Pleinlaan 9, 1e verd.
1050 Brussel

T +32 2 614 85 53
E jana.bens@vub.ac.be

Jo Pierson

Promotor - Professor - Project leader

Biografie

Jo Pierson is Senior Researcher at SMIT since 1996 and holds a PhD in Communication Studies since 2003. He is professor at VUB and lectures bachelor and master courses. He coordinates the User Research cluster and the User Studies methods.

Jo Pierson has been Researcher and Senior Researcher at SMIT - part of IBBT (Interdisciplinary Institute for Broadband Technology) - since 1996 and holds a PhD in Social Science (Media & Communication Studies) since 2003. He has been lecturing on undergraduate and masters courses at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Belgium) in the Department of Communication Studies (Faculty of Arts and Philosophy), covering socio-economic issues relating to the information society, digital media marketing and qualitative research methods.

His core scientific expertise is situated in the field of user empowerment and innovation strategic research on the meaning and use of new media. In this domain he has been involved as (co)promoter and/or researcher in over 35 national and international research projects. His research focus is on involving users in the technological development process based on ethnographic study and Living Lab approach. Other research areas include online privacy and dataveillance, co-creativity, digital media marketing, offline-online communities, interactive digital television, e-inclusion issues and ICT in small businesses. On these topics he has published over 25 national and international peer-reviewed articles, presented over 40 papers and authored over 35 research reports. He is editor of the book ‘Innovating for and by users’ (2008), and co-editor for the book ‘Digital Television in Europe’ (2008). He is Chair of the Communication Policy and Technology section of the International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) and member of the Living Lab Leadership Group of the European Network of Living Labs (ENoLL). Jo Pierson has been an expert for several government initiatives regarding ICT design and usage on European, Belgian and Flemish level. He is, and has been, involved in a number of international research networks (e.g. COST-ICT 298, COST-TIST 269, EMTEL).

 

Contact

IBBT – SMIT, Studies on Media, Information & Telecommunication
Vrije Universiteit Brussel

Pleinlaan 9, 2e verd.

1050 Brussel

T +32 2 629 26 42
F +32 2 629 26 62
E jo.pierson@vub.ac.be

Annet Daems

Project manager

Biografie

Annet Daems joined iMinds-SMIT, Vrije Universiteit Brussel since 2011 as project leader for EMSOC. Before that she worked for 12 years at Lessius Mechelen university college as lecturer for the bachelor Journalism, as coordinator and researcher for the Media Expertise Centre (MEC), as director of the postgraduate programme Manager Interactive Communication (MICA). Her research experience is mainly focused at youngsters and their media usage. For MEC she coordinated several innovative societal projects with ‘narrow casting’ or ‘crossmedia’ as the focal points. In the private sector she worked for companies like Philips Interactive Media Centre, NetVision/Ubizen and These Days. Annet holds a master in Communication Sciences and Educational Studies.

 

Contact

iMinds – SMIT, Studies on Media, Information & Telecommunication
Vrije Universiteit Brussel

Pleinlaan 9, 2e verd.
1050 Brussel

T +32 2 629 16 14
F +32 2 629 17 00
E annet.daems@vub.ac.be

Dorien Baelden

Project manager en Senior researcher

Biografie

Dorien joined SMIT in 2005 where she has been involved in several (bilateral) research projects. From 2006 to 2008 she combined her research activities at SMIT with research activities for Close the Gap, an international non-profit organization that helps to bridge the digital divide. In March 2013 she successfully defended her doctoral dissertation on the use of new technologies for HIV prevention. Dorien’s research interests are situated in the field of social media and privacy, digital literacy, ICT4D, health communication, and CSCL.

Contact

iMinds – SMIT, Studies on Media, Information & Telecommunication
Vrije Universiteit Brussel

Pleinlaan 9, 2e verd.
1050 Brussel

T +32 2 629 16 62
F +32 2 629 17 00
E Dorien.Baelden@vub.ac.be

Eva Lievens

Senior Researcher

Biografie

Dr. Eva Lievens has been a member of ICRI's Communications Law department since 2003. She obtained her PhD in law titled 'Regulatory instruments for content regulation in digital media - A prospective study on the protection of minors against harmful content' in June 2009. Other media law related research she is involved in deals with legal challenges posed by new communication phenomena, such as the regulation of audiovisual media services, user-generated content, and virtual and social networks. Eva regularly publishes, presents and lectures about her research interests, and is the assistant editor for the International Encyclopaedia of Laws - Media Law (edited by Prof. Peggy Valcke).

Contact

ICRI The Interdisciplinary Centre for Law & ICT
Katholieke Universiteit Leuven

Sint-Michielstraat 6
B- 3000 Leuven

T + 32 (0)16 32 07 70
F + 32 (0)16 32 54 38
E eva.lievens@law.kuleuven.be

Bram Lievens

Research and project coordinator

Biografie

Bram Lievens is a senior researcher within the user research team. His expertise is within the set-up of people centered technology development as well as user evaluative projects, mainly in a Living Lab approach.Bram Lievens has a bachelor degree in social and cultural work as well as a master degree in communication science. After a brief period of working for a local authority he joined the IBBT-SMIT as a researcher. His main expertise is within the field of domestication research and living labs related to new media. Currently he is working on different interdisciplinary projects regarding new and emerging technologies, services and applications, mainly within a mobile environment.

Bram Lievens is also active within iLab.o where he is doing Living Lab research on open innovation in ICT.

 

Contact

IBBT – SMIT, Studies on Media, Information & Telecommunication
Vrije Universiteit Brussel

Pleinlaan 9, 2e verd.

1050 Brussel

T + 32 2 629 16 23
F +32 2 629 17 00
E bram.lievens@vub.ac.be

Elke Boudry

Senior Researcher

Biografie

Since January 2001, Elke Boudry works as a researcher at the Research Group for Media and ICT (MICT), Ghent University (UGent), Interdisciplinary Institute for Broadband Technology (IBBT). She holds a master's degree in Sociology (UGent, 2003). Before, she worked as a researcher at the University College Ghent where her research focused on the consequences of implementing ICT in Flemish local administrations. Her research interests go out to organizational change and the impact of (local)governments using ICTs. Within MICT Elke works on different research projects such as EMSOC, Terrain and G-scan.

Contact

IBBT- MICT, Onderzoeksgroep voor Media & ICT
UGent

Korte Meer 7-9-11
9000 Gent

T +32 (0)9 264 97 68
F +32 (0)9 264 69 92
E elke.boudry@ugent.be

Karin Slegers

Senior Researcher

Biografie

Karin Slegers has a master in Cognitive Psychology and specialised in Cognitive Ergonomics during her studies. She received a PhD from the University of Maastricht (Netherlands) in the combined area of Cognitive Aging and Human Computer Interaction. She has worked as a senior user researcher for Vodafone Group R&D from 2006 until 2008, where she worked on generative user research in order to develop new, innovative mobile services. Her interests are related to the work fields of user-centred design methods, generative and creative user research methods, early user involvement in innovation processes, user-centred design for users with disabilities, etc.

Contact

Centre for User Experience Research (CUO)
IBBT - K.U.Leuven Future Health Department

Parkstraat 45 Bus 3605
B-3000 Leuven

T +32 16 32 36 52
F +32 16 32 32 10
E karin.slegers@soc.kuleuven.be

Kris Rutten

Senior Researcher

Biografie

Kris Rutten studied Comparative Cultural Studies and obtained a PhD in Educational Studies with the dissertation entitled The rhetorical and narrative turn. Explorations in education. He is currently working as a postdoctoral assistant at the Department of Educational Studies of Ghent University. In current research, he is exploring what it implies to approach education from a rhetorical and cultural studies perspective. Specifically, by focusing on issues of identity and identification. In November and December 2010, Kris Rutten was visiting scholar at the Centre for Culture, Identity and Education of the University of British Columbia (CA). He is also a member of Constant, an interdisciplinary arts-lab.

Contact

Onderzoeksgroep Cultuur & Educatie

Universiteit Gent, Faculteit Psychologie en Pedagogische Wetenschappen

Henri Dunantlaan 2
9000 Gent

T +32 9 264 62 53
F +32 9 264 86 88
E Kris.Rutten@UGent.be

Serge Gutwirth

Professor

Biografie

Since October 2003 Gutwirth is holder of a 10 year research fellowship in the framework of the VUB-Research contingent for his project ‘Sciences and the democratic constitutional state: a mutual transformation process’. Gutwirth founded and still chairs the VUB-Research group Law Science Technology & Society. He publishes widely in Dutch French and English and participates (inter)national and interdisciplinary research projects (FP6, FP7).. Gutwirth has been (co-)promoter of 8 publicly defended PhD’s and he has often been invited to be an external member of PhD-juries in other universities in Belgium and abroad. He is a member of several editorial boards of scientific journals.

Currently, Serge Gutwirth is particularly interested both in technical legal issues raised by technology (particularly in the field of data protection and privacy) and in more generic issues related to the articulation of law, sciences, technologies and societies.

 

Contact

Law Science Technology & Society (LSTS)
Vrije Universiteit Brussel

Pleinlaan 2
1050 Brussel

T +32 2 629 26 42
F +32 2 629 26 62
E serge.gutwirth@vub.ac.be

Peggy Valcke

Professor

Biografie

 

Prof. Dr. Peggy Valcke is a leading European expert on media and communications law. She is a full time research professor at the Catholic University of Leuven (K.U.Leuven), teaches media law at the Catholic University of Brussels (H.U.Brussel), and is visiting professor at the University of Tilburg. She is the current director of the Interdisciplinary Centre for Law & ICT (ICRI), a research centre at the Faculty of Law of K.U.Leuven, specialized in legal aspects of the information society and one of the founding partners of the Interdisciplinary Institute for BroadBand Technology (IBBT). In 2006, she was visiting professor at Central European University in Budapest, Hungary, and lecturer in the Oxford/Annenberg Summer School. She is a member of the General Chamber in the Flemish Media Regulator and of the Belgian Competition Council.

She is a frequently invited speaker at conferences and expert workshops and has published widely in international journals (in English, French, German and Dutch) on a broad range of topics related to electronic communications law, media law and competition law. Besides being the editor of the International Encyclopedia of Media Law, she is also a member of the editorial board of several journals including The Journal of Media Law; Computer, Law and Security Review; and e-Competitions.


Contact

ICRI The Interdisciplinary Centre for Law & ICT
Katholieke Universiteit Leuven

Sint-Michielstraat 6
B- 3000 Leuven

T + 32 (0)16 32 54 70
F + 32 (0)16 32 54 38
E peggy.valcke@law.kuleuven.be

Ronald Soetaert

Promotor - Professor

Biografie

Works as a full-time professor at the Department of Educational Studies (Ghent University). His teaching and research focus on language/literature teaching, multiliteracies and cultural studies.

Contact

Onderzoeksgroep Cultuur & Educatie

Universiteit Gent, Faculteit Psychologie en Pedagogische Wetenschappen

Henri Dunantlaan 2
9000 Gent

T +32 9 264 62 54
F +32 9 264 86 88
E Ronald.Soetaert@UGent.be

Biografie

Contact

Dirk De Grooff

Professor

Biografie

Dirk De Grooff has a Phd in Communication Science and works as professor on ‘Communication technology’ and ‘Communication technology: social aspects’. De Grooff is founding father and project manager of the Mediacentrum K.U.Leuven. He has published around 15 books, all about new media.

Contact

Instituut voor Mediastudies (IMS)

Parkstraat 45 - bus 3603
B-3000 Leuven

T +32 16 32 32 26
F + 32 (0)2 432 43 99
E dirk.degrooff@soc.kuleuven.be

Hadewijch Vanwynsberghe

Phd Researcher

Biografie

In December 2010 she joined MICT as junior researcher on the IWT SBO – project Emsoc - ‘User empowerment in a social media culture’. Within this project Hadewijch is preparing a PhD about the measuring of (new) media literacy in the converging information society.

Contact

IBBT -MICT, Onderzoeksgroep voor Media & ICT
UGent

Korte Meer 7-9-11
9000 Gent

T + 32 (0)9 264 84 77
E hadewijch.vanwynsberghe@ugent.be

Rob Heyman

PhD Researcher

Biografie

Rob Heyman is a doctoral student at the User Empowerment Unit of the IBBT research center Digital Society. He researches to what degree and how users and their privacy are being empowered or disempowered by social media. This research is part of the four year research project, EMSOC (User Empowerment in a Social Media Culture), wherein user empowerment through social media is researched in Flanders.

Contact

IBBT- SMIT Studies on Media, Information & Telecommunication
Vrije Universiteit Brussel

Pleinlaan 9, 2e verdiep
B- 1050 Brussel

T +32 2 6291634
E roheyman@vub.ac.be

Joachim Vlieghe

PhD Researcher

Biografie

Joachim Vlieghe is a research fellow for the Department of Educational Studies at the Ghent University. Previously he was a scientific staff member at the Ghent University. He also worked as a researcher and advisor for the foundation Delicate Drops in Suriname (Latin America). He holds a masters degree in pedagogical studies. During his studies he developed an interest for rhetorical and conceptual analysis. His current field of interest is new media literacies and rhetorical theory. As a junior researcher for EMSOC he explores rhetorical practices in digital affinity spaces.

Contact

Onderzoeksgroep Cultuur & Educatie

Universiteit Gent, Faculteit Psychologie en Pedagogische Wetenschappen

Henri Dunantlaan 2
9000 Gent

T +32 9 264 62 57
E joachim.vlieghe@ugent.be

Mathias Vermeulen

PhD Researcher

Biografie

Mathias Vermeulen is a Research Fellow at the European University Institute (EUI) in Florence, Italy and a phd-candidate at the Research Group on Law, Science, Technology & Society at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel.

His research interests include counter-terrorism policies; the EU's area of justice and home affairs; the impact of the use of new technologies on human rights, especially on the right to privacy; and accountability and oversight mechanisms of security agencies.

At the European University Institute he is the research assistant of Prof. Martin Scheinin in his capacity as United Nations Special Rapporteur on the protection of human rights while countering terrorism. He assists the Special Rapporteur in drafting reports for the UN Human Rights Council and the General Assembly and prepares country missions. He represented the Special Rapporteur in the UN's Counterterrorism Implementation Task Force (CTITF) Working Group on Terrorist's Use of the Internet. At the EUI he was a researcher for the FP7-funded DETECTER project (Detection Technologies, Terrorism, Ethics and Human Rights). From 2012 onwards he will be involved in other FP7 projects at the EUI.

In March 2011 Mathias joined the LSTS-team on a half-time basis to participate in the EMSOC-project (User Empowerment in a Social Media Culture). He will write a legal PhD on the scope of the right to privacy in public places. Mathias is also the Belgian member of the advisory board of Privacy International.

Earlier he worked at the International Commission of Jurists on the Eminent Jurist Panel on Counter-Terrorism and Human Rights in Geneva, where he also did an internship at the United Nations High Commissioner on Human Rights. He was a visiting researcher at the Institut fuer Friedensforschung und Sicherheitspolitik (IFSH) in Hamburg (Germany) and at the Centre for European Security Studies in Groningen (the Netherlands).

Mathias graduated from the European Master's Programme in Human Rights and Democratisation (Venice/Hamburg) and has an LL.M. in International Law (Groningen) and a Master in Political Sciences (Ghent)

Contact

Law Science Technology & Society (LSTS)
Vrije Universiteit Brussel

Pleinlaan 2
1050 Brussel

T +32 2 629 26 42
F +32 2 629 26 62
E mathias.vermeulen@gmail.com

Biografie

Maarten Van Mechelen is a user experience researcher at CUO|Social Spaces where he is currently working on the inclusion work package of the EMSOC project (User Empowerment in a Social Media Culture). He is also involved in Wanagogo, a research project on innovative solutions for 3D MMO games for kids. In addition, his PhD research at the Media Arts & Design Faculty concerns co-design with 9- to 10-year-olds within a school context at the early, fuzzy front end of children’s media technology design.

Maarten obtained a master’s degree in Cultural Sciences at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel after graduating as a master in Graphic Design at the Media Arts & Design Faculty in Hasselt. He also holds certificates in Web Design (Syntra) and in Human-Centered Design for Intuitive Man-Machine Interaction (KU Leuven Kulak).

Contact

Centrum voor User Experience Onderzoek (CUO)
iMinds - KU Leuven

Parkstraat 45 bus 3605
B-3000 Leuven

T +32 16 32 04 78
E maarten.vanmechelen@soc.kuleuven.be

Ellen Wauters

Junior Researcher

Biografie

Contact

ICRI The Interdisciplinary Centre for Law & ICT
Katholieke Universiteit Leuven

Sint-Michielstraat 6
B- 3000 Leuven

T +32 (0) 16 32 07 81
E ellen.wauters@law.kuleuven.be