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Pillar 3: Federal societal challenges

This pillar supports research that addresses current societal challenges (not covered by the other pillars). The topics funded in this pillar are selected in function of those challenges (e.g. health, security, ageing, economy...) that are considered a priority by the federal authority (as stated for example in Governmental Agreements, federal and interfederal plans...) and that align with international and European research agendas.

The ultimate goal is to develop a solid scientific expertise to support the competencies, strategic orientations and policies of the federal state.

Such expertise will clearly enhance the knowledge base around these challenges, reveal opportunities and possible caveats and provide useful recommendations for the federal level.

The topics of this pillar will encourage research that mobilises a large spectrum of disciplines, that are embedded in the international and European context and that will strengthen the participation of a wide range of stakeholders.

Committees members


Thematic projects of the call 2019

BABEL - Basic Income in Belgium: stress-testing basic income in the digital era

Thematic project
Keywords: Basic income, Employment, Poverty, Welfare state reform

  • Duration of the project: 15/12/2019-15/03/2024
  • Budget: 846.926€
  • Coordinator: Van Lancker Wim (KU Leuven)   
  • Promotors: Marx Ive (UA), Marx Axel (KU Leuven), Vanderborght Yannick (USL-B)
  • BELSPO programme manager: Naji Aziz

Documentation

B@SEBALL - Biodiversity at School Environments Benefits for ALL

Thematic project
Keywords: Biodiversity, Children's health, School environment, Environmental justice, Health inequality

  • Duration of the project: 15/12/2019-15/03/2024
  • Budget: 638.045€
  • Coordinator: Keune Hans (UA)
  • Promotors: De Clercq Eva (Sciensano), Lebeer Sarah (UA), Leonard Anna (GoodPlanet), Van Calster Hans (INBO), Vanwambeke Sophie (UCL)
  • BELSPO programme manager: Bourgeois Emmanuèle

Documentation

BBOX - OCMW/CPAS & new migrants/refugees: opening the black box of policy in practice

Thematic project
Keywords: Migrants, Integration, Social activation, Conditionality of rights, Street level bureaucrats

  • Duration of the project: 15/12/2019-15/03/2022
  • Budget: 578.497€
  • Coordinator: De Cuyper Peter (KU Leuven)
  • Promotors: Franssen Abraham (USL-B), Lafleur Jean-Michel (ULg)
  • BELSPO programme manager: Delhausse Bernard

Documentation

BE-PARADIS - The Paradox of Belgian Inequality Studies: Belgium Less unequal than others?

Thematic project
Keywords: Inequality, Micro data, Redistribution, Distributional national accounts, Wealth, Poverty

  • Duration of the project: 16/12/2019-15/03/2024
  • Budget: 1.226.370€
  • Coordinator: Decoster André (KU Leuven)
  • Promotors: Decancq Koen (UA), Gobbi Paula (ULB)
  • BELSPO programme manager: Delhausse Bernard

Documentation

DIGI4FED - Digital Revolution in Belgian Federal Government: An Open Governance Ecosystem for Big Data, Artificial Intelligence, and Blockchain

Thematic project
Keywords: Big data, Trust, Artificial Intelligence, Open Government Ecosystem, Blockchain, Data management

  • Duration of the project: 15/12/2019 – 15/03/2022
  • Budget: 786.591€
  • Coordinator: Crompvoets Joep (KU Leuven)
  • Promotors: Fallon Catherine (ULg), Van Dooren Wouter (UA), Vanderose Benoît (UNamur)
  • BELSPO programme manager: Naji Aziz

Documentation

  • Project description
  • Project website
  • Fedra

  • Reports
    • State of the art: Digital (R)evolution in Belgian Federal Government: An Open Governance Ecosystem for Big Data, Artificial Intelligence, and Blockchain (DIGI4FED)

ELLIS - Monitoring and Mitigating Environmental Health Inequalities in Belgium

Thematic project
Keywords: Environmental Health, Health Inequalities, Monitoring, Health Impact Assessment, Residential Exposure, Environmental Inequalities

  • Duration of the project: 15/12/2019 – 15/03/2024
  • Budget: 493.810€
  • Coordinator: Devleesschauwer Brecht (Sciensano) 
  • Promotors: Bouland Catherine (ULB), Eggerickx Thierry (UCL), Faes Christel (UHasselt), Masquelier Bruno (UCL)
  • BELSPO programme manager: Bourgeois Emmanuèle

Documentation

Re-InVEST.be - Investing in basic rights, capabilities and anti-poverty policies in Belgium

Thematic project
Keywords: Human rights, Poverty, Capabilities, Social protection, Social investment, Anti-discrimination

  • Duration of the project: 15/12/2019-15/03/2024
  • Budget: 1.530.000€
  • Coordinator: Nicaise Ides (KU Leuven)
  • Promotors: De Munck Jean (UCL)
  • BELSPO programme manager: Delhausse Bernard

Documentation

REMEDI - GPs' REcommendations to patients with MEntal health problems and DIverse migration backgrounds

Thematic project
Keywords: Unintentional discrimination, Migration background, Mental health (services), General practitioners, Mixed-methods, Vignettes

  • Duration of the project: 15/12/2019 – 15/03/2022
  • Budget: 447.694€
  • Coordinator: Bracke Piet (UGent)
  • Promotors: Ceuterick Melissa (UGent), Dauvrin Marie (UCL), De Maesschalck Stephanie (UGent), Lepièce Brice (UCL), Lorant Vincent (UCL)
  • BELSPO programme manager: Bourgeois Emmanuèle

Documentation

SEAD - Sustainable employment in the age of digitalisation: challenges, obstacles and opportunities

Thematic project
Keywords: Sustainable employment, Labour market policy, Occupational health and well-being, Social protection, Work organisation, Management

  • Duration of the project: 15/12/2019 - 31/03/2024
  • Budget: 1.385.627€
  • Coordinator: Vanroelen Christophe (VUB)
  • Promotors: Deschacht Nick (KU Leuven), Lamberts Miet (KU Leuven), Martinez Esteban (ULB), Pichault François (ULg)
  • BELSPO programme manager: Bourgeois Emmanuèle

Documentation

TRAHOME - Homelessness trajectories and non-take-up from a dynamic perspective

Thematic project
Keywords: Homelessness, Poverty, Mixed methods, Non-take up

  • Duration of the project: 4 years
  • Budget: 788.425€
  • Coordinator: Hermans Koen (KU Leuven)
  • Promotors: Roets Griet (UGent), Wagener Martin (UCL)
  • BELSPO programme manager: Delhausse Bernard

Documentation

  • Project description
  • Project website
  • Fedra