Team members

Prof. Idesbald Nicaise

has a background in economics and specialised in social policy, more precisely the relationships between education, labour market policy and social inclusion (in rich as well as developing countries). Besides his professional activities, he is chairing the Belgian Combat Poverty Service. See Ides Nicaise – HIVA (

Dr. Anna Ruelens

is a senior researcher specializing in application of advanced statistical methods to the topics of comparative social policy and institutional trust. She was an active contributor to the EU Horizon 2020 project RE-InVEST. Within the "Opportunities" project she is responsible for quantitative longitudinal analysis of migration attitudes across the EU.

KU Leuven is the largest Belgian university in terms of research and student numbers, with a track record in fundamental and applied research in all academic disciplines.

It ranks in the top 10 of most innovative European universities and the top 50 worldwide. HIVA (Research Institute for Work and Society) is a multidisciplinary research institute of KU Leuven, specialised in evidence-based policy- and practice-oriented research on issues in the area of labour and social policy, including migration and social integration.

Anna Ruelens and Ides Nicaise are responsible for the quantiative analyses in Wp4, Team Red