Inclusive communities and civic engagement in later life

ID: MSCA-19-DeDonder01


Social Innovation for Social Inclusion –Participatory Practices

ID: MSCA-19-DeDonder01


PALD Research Group

The PALD research group focuses on this prison education, learning and training activities. It’s agenda is based on European legislation stipulating that the deprivation of liberty is a sufficient punishment entailing that all other aspects of prison life should be as similar as possible to life outside prison. This implies that prisoners are also entitled to the right of prison education, learning and training.

PALD brings together researchers from Educational Sciences, Criminology and Movement and Sport Sciences and has attention for various types of participation and learning activities during imprisonment (e.g. educational courses, library, prisoner councils, sport activities, vocational training, involving prisoners in the organization of prison life and taking up a role as active citizen). They have experience with qualitative (e.g. individual interviews, focus groups) and quantitative research methods (e.g. survey, penal database), as well as mixed-method studies combining different (participatory) research methods.

The PALD research group investigates the lived experiences and insights of different actors working/living in prisons: prisoners, prison officers, and organizations that offer prison activities. Because theprison population is very divers, for instance in terms of gender, age and nationalities, also specific attention is paid to the different learning needs and possibilities, both in terms of content as learning methods.

Over the years, the PALD research group has developed a strong international network by participating in international conferences, European projects, being a member of for instance the European Prison Education Association (EPEA) and the European Society of Criminology. (ESC). It would be an added value to attract international talent to enrich knowledge in the under-investigated and under-theorized field of prison education, learning and training.




University governance and leadership



The EU-China Higher Education Research Center (ECHE)

The EU-China Higher Education Research Center (ECHE) is a research group and platform at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel dedicated to research and cooperation on higher education issues among European and Chinese HEIs. The mission of ECHE is to conduct research in the area of higher education, to facilitate research collaborations between European and Chinese higher education institutions, and to promote mutual understanding about the educational systems, policies, governance, innovations, practices, and cultural issues related to higher education in the EU and China. ECHE has coordinated three EU-funded projects engaging both European and Chinese universities on collaboration and joint actions in the area of doctoral education, university governance and academic leadership. In recent years, more than 10 PhD researchers have been engaged in research at ECHE and has completed their PhD research projects.

Visit website: https://www.vub.be/en/research/eu-china-higher-education-research-center#eche




Blended Learning and MOOC research



Online and Blended Learning Competence Center

The Online and Blended Learning Competence Center is an international joint research group established at VUB. OBLC group is collaboratively building the Online and Blended Learning Competence Center as a knowledge and transfer center to offer expertise and advice for teachers and the society regarding digitalization of education and the guidelines for designing online and blended learning. OBLC group has led a few OBL projects and MOOC projects.

Examples of publications:




Towards dimensional assessment of personality disorders (and psychopathology)...

ID: MSCA-19-Rossi01


Psychological treatment of personality disorders (PDs) in older adults



Assessment of psychopathic traits across the life-span



PEPS Research Group

The research group personality and psychopathology (PEPS) focuses on personality and the connection with psychopathology (especially personality pathology) across a person’s life span. Both theoretical and measurement models, as well as clinical practice and treatment, are examined. The research is grouped around a number of subjects such as dimensional approaches, life course phases, information processing, test validation (e.g. APD-IV, PID-5 etc.), connection with psychopathology, somatic problems and forensic aspects (e.g. psychopathy).


Trapped by Poverty: Unraveling the Career Consequences of the Working Poor

ID: MSCA-19-Schreurs01


WOPS Research Group

Work and Organizational Psychology studies the behavior of people when executing a job, in a variety of organization types. Work is surely more than earning money in itself.

At VUB’s WOPS lab, we approach our domain not only from an individual point of view, but also include social psychological insights. Within this field of psychology, ‘human resource management’ receives major emphasis in our education program from a scientific as well as from a practical point of view, based on insights from work, personnel and organizational psychology, but also from ergonomics, and taking account of health issues. Teamwork, dealing with conflicts, organizational culture and change, leadership and political or ganizational behavior are but a few of the various topics being dealt with. But also how one chooses the most fitting employees, trains and develops them, motivates and rewards them, are all investigated, besides current societal issues such as mobbing at work, emotional labor, work in non-profit organizations, managerial career development, etc.





Clinical testing of mentalizing functions of cerebellar patients

ID: MSCA-19-VanOverwalle01


Cerebellar stimulation by TMS-cerebellar stimulation of healthy persons

ID: MSCA-19-VanOverwalle02


Cerebellar stimulation by TDCS-cerebellar stimulation of healthy persons

ID: MSCA-19-VanOverwalle03


Implicit sequence learning

ID: MSCA-19-VanOverwalle04


Metacognition of sequences

ID: MSCA-19-VanOverwalle05


Clinical testing of cerebellum on autism (ASD) patients

ID: MSCA-19-VanOverwalle06


fMRI scans of autism (ASD) patients and matched controls

ID: MSCA-19-VanOverwalle07


Social cerebellum and reading other mental states

ID: MSCA-19-VanOverwalle08


Intervention program to train action sequences

ID: MSCA-19-VanOverwalle09