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Prof. Idés Nicaise - University of Leuven

Prof. Idés Nicaise has a background in economics and works since 1989 as a research manager, currently head of unit ‘education and lifelong learning’ at HIVA (Research Institute for Work and Society), a multidisciplinary research institute of the University of Leuven (Flemish Louvain). He further specialised in social policy, more precisely the relationships between education, labour market policy and social inclusion (in rich as well as developing countries). He also has part-time teaching assignments at the Department of Education Sciences and the Faculty of Law of the same university. Besides his professional activities, he is chairing the Belgian Resource Centre for the Fight against Poverty, a centre created by law as an interface between the government, the civil society and grassroots organisations defending the interests of the poor. At EU level, he leads the Belgian team of the European Social Policy Network.