Researchers CIRTES-UCL & FTU
Prof. Dr. Patricia Vendramin
Patricia Vendramin is professor at University of Louvain-la-Neuve (UCL). She is director of the Open Faculy of Economic and Social Policies (FOPES) and Chair holder of the Chair Labour-University at UCL. Until 2016, she was co-director of the Research Centre of Labor-University Foundation (FTU), which research activities on digital inclusion and innovation and work are now transferred into the Chair Labor-University. Her researches and publications address work transformation and digitalisation, youth employment, ageing at work, meaning of work, sustainable work, digital exclusion and e-inclusion. Patricia Vendramin is coordinator of the IDEALIC project for UCL-FTU team.
Périne Brotcorne is assistant at FOPES (UCL) and associate-researcher at Interdisciplinary Centre of Research Work, State and Society at University of Louvain-la-Neuve (CIRTES-UCL). She worked as senior researcher at the Research Centre of FTU, from 2007 to 2017. She also worked several years at the department "informatics and humanities" at the Free University of Brussels (ULB), carrying out research on usages of ICT in education. At FTU, she has been involved in several research projects on e-inclusion, concerning among others the second order digital divide; digital skills for social inclusion; e-inclusion and exclusion among youth; e-inclusion policies in Belgium; and ICT projects for citizens’ empowerment at the local level in Wallonia. Périne Brotcorne will work part time for the project during the four years.
Dana Schurmans is a researcher at CIRTES-UCL and an PhD candidate UCL-VUB. She holds a master in communication sciences from Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB). She is an associate researcher to SMIT (Studiecentrum Media en Informatie-Technologie) at VUB, where she previously worked on various projects in the area of digital inclusion. She is now involved in the IDEALiC research project (2015-2019), for the Belgian Science Policy Office.
Carole Bonnetier is a researcher at CIRTES-UCL. She holds a master degree in surveys and data systems from the University of Lille (France) and a master in sciences of labor and formation from the University of Lorraine (France). She has previously worked on various projects related to social and professional insertion and discrimination in research teams such as GREE or ERASE (France) but also, for a long time, in the non-profit sector, occasionally in collaboration with Belgian and/or Luxembourg partners. In 2017, she co-authored a report on the digital divide in the Brussels-Capital Region for the CIRB (with Périne Brotcorne, Dana Schurmans and Patricia Vendramin). She is now involved in the IDEALIC research project (2015-2019) for the Belgian Science Policy Office.
Laura Faure works as junior researcher at the Research Centre of FTU since 2018. She holds a master degree in anthropology from Free University of Brussels (ULB). She is now involved in the IDEALiC research project until 2019.
Prof. Dr. Gérard Valenduc
Gérard Valenduc is now retired and was co-director of the Research Centre of FTU and an invited professor of social sciences at the Universities of Namur (UNamur) and Louvain-la-Neuve (UCL). He is specialised in research on the human and social dimension of technological changes and on the sociology of science and technology. His research and publications address technological and organisational changes in work, ICT professions, ageing at work, digital exclusion and e-inclusion. Gérard Valenduc worked part time on the IDEALiC project from 2015 to 2017.
FTU - Foundation Travail-Université
The Labour-University Fondation was created in 1967 in order to establish a link between work and academic worlds. The two components of the association are respectively directed on permanent education missions on one hand, and a research mission on the other hand. The research centre of FTU addresses issues of innovation, work and society, and fosters an interdisciplinary approach in social sciences. The current research activities cover two main areas:
Changes in work: work and employment in a knowledge-based economy, new forms of work organisation, generations at work (youth/ageing), evolution of social relations and social engagement, gender and work, evolution of ICT occupations.
Digital inclusion and exclusion: digital divide, construction of digital skills, gender and ICT, youth and ICT.
From 2016, the activities of the Research Centre of FTU in Namur are transferred to the University of Louvain-la-Neuve (UCL), in the framework of a new Chair Labour-University, succeeding the Chair Max Bastin. The Chair is integrated in the Interdisciplinary Research Centre on Work, State and Society (CIRTES) and new projects on digital inclusion and innovation & work are now developed in this new structure. The asbl Fondation Travail-Université pursues its activities of permanent education and support to associative field in the domains of evaluation of public policies, technologies and society and the mutations of work.
Since 2003, FTU has developed an expertise in the area of digital inclusion, in publishing “Internet et inégalités” (Labor), one of the first books on the digital divide for the French-speaking general public. FTU was involved in the early preparation of the national action plan against the digital divide, in 2005, and carried out the evaluation of the first phase 2005-2010 and a pilot study for a second phase at the horizon 2020. FTU also carried out research on digital inclusion at the European level (project eInclusion@EU in the 5th framework programme) and the national level, notably for Belspo (“The second order digital divide”, 2008-2010) and for the Federal Public Service for Social Integration. Throughout its various studies of digital inclusion, the research centre developed relationships with NGOs and local institutions in the area of e-inclusion, all over the country, and involved them in workshops and consultations.
Selection of 5 relevant publications in the area of the proposal
Valenduc G. (2013), “Les nouveaux visages de la fracture numérique” (New faces of the digital divide), in Lahaye W., Pannecoucke I., Vranken J., Van Rossem R., Annuaire 2013 de la pauvreté en Belgique (Yearbook of poverty in Belgium), Acco, Leuven, 2013, p 121-138. [peer-reviewed]
Brotcorne P. (2011), “Digital inequalities among the digital natives: the end of a myth?”, in Walrave & al. (eds), e-Youth – Balancing between opportunities and risks, P.I.E. Peter Lang, Geneva, 2011, p 57-78. [peer-reviewed]
Brotcorne P., Damhuis L., Laurent V., Valenduc G., Vendramin P. (2010), Diversité et inégalités dans les usages des TIC – La fracture numérique au second degré (Diversity and inequality in ICT usages – The second order digital divide), Academia Press, Gent.
Valenduc G. (2009), “La fracture numérique passe-t-elle par le travail?” (Does the digital divide cross over work?), in Granjon F., Lelong B., Metzger J.L., Inégalités numériques – Clivages sociaux et modes d’appropriation des TIC (Digital inequalities – Social divides and ICT appropritation), Hermès Lavoisier, Paris.
Brotcorne P., Valenduc G. (2009), “Les compétences numériques et les inégalités dans les usages d’internet” (Digital skills and inequalities in Internet usage), in Les Cahiers du Numérique, vol. 5 n° 1/2009, Hermès Lavoisier, Paris. [peer-reviewed]
List of projects in the area of the proposal (past 5 years: 2009-2013)
Evaluation of the first phase of the national action plan against the digital divide 2005-2010 and preparation of the second phase. Federal Public Service for Social Integration (MI-IS), 2010 and update 2013. Reports published in French and Dutch in 2010 and 2014 by MI-IS.
DD² – The second order digital divide. Belgian Science Policy Office, programme “Society and the future”, 2008-2010. Published by Belspo [Awarded the “Science quality label”, after peer-review].
Off-line youth. Federal Public Service for Social Integration (MI-IS), 2009. Report published in French and Dutch by MI-IS.
Digital tools improving democratic participation of citizens. Competence Centre TechnofuturTIC and Walloon Government, 2012. Report published by TechnofuturTIC.
List of (inter)national contacts and networks in the area of the proposal
Network “Gender and ICT” of the Internet Interdisciplinary Institute (IN3) at the Open University of Catalunya, Barcelona.
COST action IS1202 “Dynamics of virtual work” – Participation in the Management Committee and in the Working Group on “skills, knowledge, creativity and new occupational identities”.
Scientific cooperation with the Walloon EPN network (Espaces publics numériques de Wallonie) and the REWICS network (Rencontres wallonnes de l’internet citoyen et solidaire).
CIRTES-UCL - Centre Interdisciplinaire de Recherche Travail, Etat, Société
The Interdisciplinary Centre of Research on Work, State, Society (CIRTES) of the University of Louvain-la-Neuve (UCL) addresses the issues of social inequalities, especially in the field of work, with an emphasis on their effects on society, public policies and social practices. The research conducted by CIRTES members’ focuses on different domains such as working conditions and human resources, diversity, social economy in the North and South, globalization, governance and social policies, collective action and e-inclusion. In addition to these projects and others research activities, as supervising PhD thesis and organizing seminars, the centre also runs a collection of research journal named “Les Cahiers du CIRTES”, which report on work in those areas.
Putting forward the interdisciplinary approach to societal issues in scientific questioning, CIRTES conducts both quantitative and qualitative research in approaches that link – among others – expertize in sociology, economics, psychology, law and political science and communication.
In the field of digital inclusion, several studies have been conducted at national and regional scales. By questioning the issue of digital divide, CIRTES projects’ focus as much on the public policies as on ICT uses, especially among young population. Through these theoretical and empirical works, CIRTES intends to develop increasingly specialized expertise on issues of social inequalities, their link with digitization and the societal issues that the transformations of society underlies.
List of projects in the area of the proposal (2009-…)
National action plan against the digital divide. Report for the Federal Public Service for Social Integration. Reports published in 2010 and 2013 in French.
Emerging new narratives for digital inclusion from the perspective of disadvantaged youth communities. PhD thesis (2016-2019). PhD candidate: Dana Schurmans. Promotors: Patricia Vendramin (UCL) and Lea Van Audenhove (VUB)
Offline youth and the digital divide. Report for the Federal Public Service for Social Integration. Report published in 2009 in French.
The Second Order Digital Divide (DD²). Report for the Belgian Science Policy Office, programme society and the future”, 2008-2010. Published by Belspo
Digital divide of the territory of Brussels Region. Report for the Informatic Center of the Brussels Region (CIRB). To be published.