Day of Humanities and Social Sciences

Day Of The Humanities Day Of The Humanities

June 1st, 2022 - open to ALL researchers

About the Day of Humanities and Social Sciences

The research event 'Day of Humanities and Social Sciences' is open to researchers from all faculties and schools and aims at setting up new collaborations and getting better acquainted with the topics and research methods that are specific to Humanities and Social Sciences.

You can meet the researchers during poster sessions and interactive exploration groups.

To foster collaboration, the new BOF programme - ‘Research collaboration without boundaries’ will be introduced that day. In its first call it will focus on stimulating new intra and interdisciplinary research collaborations with and within Humanities and Social Sciences.

Participation to the event is free, but for practical reasons and to be able to ensure interaction in the exploration groups* we ask you to register and select the exploration groups you would like to participate in. The registration deadline has been moved to May 15th.

*Exploration groups will be confirmed upon registration of at least 8 and maximum 15 participants.


Building D, Campus Diepenbeek.
The conference will be organized close to the agora.


Deadline for registration for the lunch and exploration groups: May 15th, 2022

Registration is compulsory

Register here



09u00 - 09u30

Welcome by the Rector, Prof. Dr. Bernard Vanheusden

09u30 - 10u30

Keynote speaker: drs. Bas Ruyssenaars: "Learn from your brilliant failures!"

10u30 - 11u00

Network coffee break

11u00 - 12u30

Positioning of Humanities and Social Sciences within UHasselt

12u30 - 13u15

Lunch (Registration is compulsory)

13u15 - 14u45

Poster sessions


  • digitalisation - sustainability
  • labour and wellbeing 
  • policy making and taxation
  • diversity
  • co-creation 

14u45 - 15u00

Launch of the new BOF funding programme: Research collaboration without boundaries by the Director Research and Internationalization, Dr. Sadia Vancauwenbergh

15u00 - 15u45: Session 1

15u45 - 16u30: Session 2

Exploration groups: discovering new collaboration possibilities (Registration is compulsory)

Exploration groups will take place upon attendance of 8 participants and have a max. capacity of 15 participants.

16u30 - 16u45

Dissemination on funding channels for interdisciplinary research projects, by OBI, Research Funding Unit, dr. Annelies Stockmans

16u45 - 17u00

Closing remarks & poster prize,
Vice-Rector Research and Internationalization, Prof. Dr. Ken Haenen

17u00 - 18u00

Farewell drink

Bas Ruyssenaars

Bas Ruyssenaars is an innovator and entrepreneur. He specializes in empowering businesses and organizations with creative strategy building. Apart from being Founder and director at creative agency The Choice Architects he is co-founder at the Institute of Brilliant Failures, promoting transparency and self-reflection; He is the inventor and owner of the new sports game YOU.FO. Bas has experience as a multimedia publisher (o.a. Kluwer), marketeer and a developer of new business concepts. He obtained his Masters degree Culture Organization and Management at the Free University of Amsterdam and his Bachelor International Business at the Haarlem Business School.

Learn from your Brilliant Failures!

The world we live in is changing faster and development is increasing. Our global connected world is getting smaller. With mediocrity, directly linked to the fear of failure, you don't make it. In short, the importance of an open attitude towards taking risks, trying, daring to fail and learning from them is increasing. To find your way in this turbulent era, navigating instead of controlling is an important skill. And you learn these abilities precisely by making failures and adjusting. Activities are moving so fast that linearity and innovation are no longer sufficient or even possible. We must increase our speed through trial and error and dare to fail brilliantly: you do something with the best of intentions and you embrace the idea that the outcome may be different than planned. You not only increase the chance of discovering something important by chance, but also your learning capacity and your F.A.I.L. (First Attempts in Learning) capacity. With inspiring examples and deployment of our Brilliant Failures Archetypes: common universal patterns or learning moments that participants can benefit from.

Exploration groups

Session 1:
The workshops from session 1 will be held at the same time. You can follow one workshop.




Tom Kuppens


Transformative learning for higher education for sustainable development (HESD)

During this workshop we will critically assess the humanities curriculum from the perspective of sustainable development using the concept of doughnut economics. We will evaluate to which extent our students master the sustainability competences of the GreenComp reference framework launched by the Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission in January 2022. Finally, we will investigate the transformative potential of our didactical approach in terms of behavioural change. You will thus learn how to implement transformative learning to foster critical reflection among our students regarding the paradigms and values they use when solving wicked sustainability challenges. This requires inherently a transdisciplinary, civic approach. Ultimately, we will look for opportunities to collaborate in educational research for the benefit of the quality of education for our students and their preparedness for the European Green Deal.

Sandra Streukens


User-centric research: the key to success


The ultimate success of all innovations depends on whether users (e.g., customer, employee, patient, student) are willing to accept/use them. At the Marketing research group, we know a great deal about conducting high-quality research in which the user takes central stage. Hence, we invite you to our inspirational session in which we explain how the Marketing group can help you give your research a truly user-centric edge. More specifically, during this workshop attention will be paid to (1) Key marketing frameworks that are suitable for user-centric research and that are highly relevant for other domains (e.g., healthcare, design); (2) An overview of key research techniques that we employ in user-centric research; (3) Examples of previous and current collaborations with researchers from other domains; (4) Discuss potential avenues for future collaboration.

Oswald Devisch


Re-worlding participatory research - how to conduct participatory research in a polarizing society


Two decades of crises - the climate crisis, immigration crisis, covid crisis - force us to change the way we care for each other and for the world. As scientists, we can no longer think and act sectoral and address each crisis independently, but we need to act systemic and develop transition strategies which are both environmental, social, economic, cultural, etc. We refer to this shift in mind as ‘re-worlding’. It follows ideas of Bruno Latour and Maria Puig de la Bellacasa that we – humans and nonhumans – all interdepend and that only by acknowledging and caring for this interdependence can we start to address any crisis. The issue that we want to focus on in this workshop is that not everyone has the energy or the power to take care of others. Which methods and approaches did we develop, across disciplines, to particularly involve those groups and individuals that are silent or silenced and this throughout the long time-horizon that transition processes typically take.

Stephan Bruns


Meta-research in the social sciences

The workshop will provide an overview on methods from meta-research, such as the Caliper test. The Caliper test can be potentially applied to various disciplines in the humanities to assess whether statistically significant findings are preferentially published. The workshop will also share experience from an ongoing collaboration between different disciplines (alpha and beta sciences) within the Centre for Environmental Sciences (CMK).

Jo Pierson

(School of Social Sciences)

Applying civic perspective in socio-technical research: Methods for engaging users and other stakeholders ‘on the ground’


Despite the long tradition of (constructive) technology assessment and related socio-technical research, many researchers still struggle to investigate the interplay between digital (media) technologies, society and people, from a interdisciplinary civic perspective. This is particularly the case when we want to engage with users/ citizens/ consumers/ employees/ patients and other relevant stakeholders in order to the understand the impact of data-driven media and technologies. All too often this type of research starts from a technological determinism perspective that does not capture meaningful ‘on the ground’ insights. In this exploration group we therefore aim to collect and connect experiences and good practices for successfully engaging multiple stakeholders. For this diverse participatory techniques have been developed in social sciences and design research, applied as stand-alone methods (e.g. World Café, fish bowl, e-Delphi, probing and projective techniques,…) as well as multi-perspective collaborative approaches (e.g. living labs, tool clinics, value network analysis, AHP,…). With the proliferation of digital media, the toolset has been further extended and innovated (e.g. digital methods, proxy technology assessments, walkshops/data walks,…). A lot of these approaches have been picked up and applied by valorisation centres like, Hannah Arendt Institute ( and Knowledge Centre for Data and Society (, in order to translate socio-technical research towards society from a civic perspective. During the exploration group we will also discuss how these organisations could possibly be valuable for your research. Researchers involved: o.a. Jo Pierson, Patrizia Zanoni

Session 2:
The workshops from session 2 will be held at the same time. You can follow one workshop.




Mieke Jans


Unraveling processes through Process Mining


Process mining is the discipline that is targeted at discovering process-related knowledge, starting from data. Although initially targeted to the business context, process mining techniques can be used for many purposes. When fed with data on ordered events, process discovery algorithms discover process patterns. Other algorithms check whether recorded events comply with a predefined process in case a prescribing process description is available.

Participants of the workshop will gain a first understanding of what process mining is, which data is required to run process mining analyses, and experience some hands-on analysis in a process mining tool. Participants can engage in discussions on whether their research data is suited to investigate through a process lens in order to gain additional insights into their object of investigation.

Ann Bessemans


Data Driven Typographic Design

Our research provides great insight into creating typographic tools (also guidelines) that improve reading performance in a variety of contexts. These tools have a positive impact on the reading behavior of our envisioned target audiences and/or reading environments. They can be implemented to improve reading education or to improve digital and/or analog reading. The tools and/or guidelines are not only aimed at the end-user, the reader, but also the industry. The latter is understood by means of stakeholders and designers.

Science plays a supporting role in defining independent design parameters to be tested (defining legibility) with the envisioned target audience. In this sense, it guides a methodology from both a designer and scientific point of view. Design decisions are always based on the results of accurate and traceable research. In this sense data-driven design is a unique approach for practical readability research. Collecting and visualizing data (data science) determines decision-making in the development of innovative tools.

We envision active participation to generate insights in interdisciplinary approaches to explore opportunities to initiate new collaborations through the overlap between art/design and science.

Sebastien Lizin


Choices, preferences, and money


Examples of past and ongoing collaborations with other research groups

  • Ecology (Prof. François Rineau and dr. Anne Nobel) on estimating the impact of wildfire on the economic value of recreation in the Mechelse Heide (fundamental research)
  • Architecture (Prof. Bie Plevoets) on the willingness to pay for the conservation of local cultural heritage in Flanders for the Flemish agency for cultural heritage. (contract research)
  • Business informatics (Prof. Mieke Jans and drs Manal Laghmouch) on estimating auditors' preferences regarding the process deviation type that they would see as most risky for their client. (master thesis to journal paper)

Elke Emmers

(School of Educational Studies)

Creating powerful on/offline learning environments in higher education based on UDL


"We're facing empty auditoriums" sounded in the newspaper and media recently. Well, how do we deal with the new normal? Which active and successful ingredients from the past COVID-crisis do we take with us to use in our own quality (higher) education? This workshop facilitates dialogue around the topic: "How can you build your (online) learning environment (lessons and assessment) in such a way that you meet the diversity in your class and can we, via UDL, offer an answer to the contested reasonable accommodations that are now frequently used? In this workshop we will reflect on the conceptual model we could use as a priority entry point as well as the corresponding methodology (should we go beyond doing research "about students" and do research "with students" in a more participatory form? Given our shared decretal mission to provide quality education and to be inclusive in doing so, setting up a collaboration around this theme is a powerful foundation for a research project.

Patrizia Zanoni

(School of Social Sciences)

Mapping varieties of qualitative research: Choosing a suitable qualitative approach for your research project


Although qualitative research is today an established broad ‘family of methods’ across the social sciences, it remains less well covered by academic curricula from bachelors up to PhD degrees. Both experienced and junior researchers that want to adopt a qualitative method alone or as part of a mix-method approach too often do not know where to start, given the many possibilities and their limited training. In this workshop, we would like to hold a conversation with the participants on what the main traditions in qualitative research have to offer. The idea is that participants, after the workshop, will be better able to orient themselves among the many available possibilities. We will map out traditions (e.g. more mainstream and critical, discursive and narrative traditions, ethnography, digital methods, etc.), unpack their epistemological assumptions and evaluate their strengths and weaknesses. Participants will be able to discuss which qualitative approach and method(s) is most suitable for their own project.





Tom Bonne

Naar een alternatief voor de wettelijke regeling van de verdeling van rechtspersonen onder de vennootschapsbelasting en de rechtspersonenbelasting

Beleidsvorming en fiscaliteit

Diego Vaes, Samantha Bielen en Peter Grajzl

Examining Asylum Case Law via Text Mining

Beleidsvorming en fiscaliteit

Maren Forier

The flip side of the coin: how entrepreneurship-oriented insolvency laws can complicate finding debt financing for growth firms

Beleidsvorming en fiscaliteit

Peter de Cupere



Floris De Krijger, Patrizia Zanoni, Jannes Zwaenepoel (with Miłosz Miszczyński)

Workforce control in the age of the algorithm


Jo Pierson (with Nathalie Van Raemdonck)

Socially sustainable digital platforms and algorithms: Case of disinformation and polarisation in social media


Mieke Jans

Audit Analytics with a View


Jo Pierson (with Marco Houben)

Safeguarding and embedding privacy and public interest values in data-driven technologies: Case of EdTech


Brian Fowler, Victor Vranken, Steven van Passel, Sebastien Lizin

Increasing the participation in low voltage energy flexibility provision by consumers and communities: insights derived from choice modelling


Geert-Jan Bex

Humanities and supercomputers, odd bedfellows?  Not at all!


Ruben D'Haen, Aïcha Leroy, Silia Mertens, Kris Braekers, An Caris, Katrien Ramaekers, Benoît Depaire, Yves Molenbruch

Data-driven optimization in logistics


Ann Bessemans, Janneke Janssen, María Pérez Mena, Sabina Sieghart, Walda Verbaenen

READSEARCH - Typographic Reading Research by means of Data-Driven Design

Digitalisering, duurzaamheid, diversiteit, co-creatie

Ann Bessemans, Janneke Janssen, María Pérez Mena, Sabina Sieghart, Walda Verbaenen

READSEARCH - Typographic Reading Research by means of Data-Driven Design

Digitalisering, duurzaamheid, diversiteit, co-creatie

Micheline Phlix, Jan Vanrie, Ann Petermans, An-Sofie Smetcoren

Ageing in the context of migration: Integrating a 'sense of home' & wellbeing in diversity-sensitive housing design


Elke Ielegems, Nele Bylois, Evi Knuts, Ryanne Lemmens, Anouk Tuinstra, Jan Vanrie

Inclusive Tourism as Business Generator. A methodology to uncover potential business opportunities for Universal Design


Elke Ielegems, Mirte Clerix, Sander Lambrix, Ariane Vanbellinghen, Anton Swillens, Sofie Van Regenmortel, Steven Palmaers, Liesbeth De Donder, Jan Vanrie, An-Sofie Smetcoren, Ann Petermans

HOUSE. Innovative housing for older adults and subjective wellbeing


Merel Vrancken

Segregation in education. Can human rights law address segregation on the basis of socioeconomic status?


Harriet Kennedy

The ‘procedural turn’ and legal accountability for human rights violations: a critical evaluation ofprocess-based review by the European Court of Human Rights


Floris de Krijger, Veronika Lemeire, Patrizia Zanoni (with Marjan De Coster)

Diversity struggles at the boundaries between the state, the market and civil society


Sandra Bogaers, Koen Van Laer

Ethnic inequality in blue-collar jobs: Diversity (management) in logistics and beyond


Koen Van Laer

Embedding diversity management and career inequalities in their material, organizational and institutional contexts


Eenheid sociaal recht

Diversity and non-discrimination: changing the labour market for the better

Diversiteit en non-discriminatie: hoe maken we de arbeidsmarkt beter

Aura Iurascu

Public procurement and circular economy


Caroline Van Esbroeck

Bringing Nature-based Solutions into cities through urban planning law


Alessandro Martulli, Neethi Rajagopalan, Fabrizio Gota, Ulrich W. Paetzwold, Toby Meyer, Cesar Omar Ramirez Quiroz, Robert Malina, Bart Vermang, Sebastien Lizin

Hin-film tandem photovoltaics for economically and environmentally sustainable energy generation.


Nazanin Love, Wouter Schroeyers, Robbe Geysmans, Tanja Perko, Sara Leroi-Werelds, Robert Malina

Marketing and societal challenges for the transition to alternative sustainable cement


Tuan Nguyen, Maarten Vanhove, Ilias Mokas, Silvie Daniels, Robert Malina

The World Animal Species Perception (WASP) Project: Viewing Species through A Thousand Eyes


Sumit Maharjan, Elisabeth Woeldgen, Freddy Navarro, Gonca Seber, Robert Malina (all UHasselt)

Net zero by 2050?! Aviation's road to full decarbonization


Lise Janssens, Tom Kuppens, Ingrid Mulà, Egle Staniskiene, Anne B. Zimmermann

Do European quality assurance frameworks support the integration of transformative learning for sustainable development in higher education?


Teshome K. Deressa, David I. Stern, Jaco Vangronsveld, Jan Minx, 
Sebastien Lizin, Robert Malina, Stephan B. Bruns

Selective reporting and statistical power in environmental science


Titi Iswari, Kris Braekers, An Caris

Collaboration in urban freight transport


Thibault Delbart, Jasper Paesen, Kris Braekers, An Caris, Yves Molenbruch, Lotte Verdonck

Breaking barriers in synchromodal transport planning: Decision support models for capacity pricing and volume.


Ruth Stevens , Ann Petermans, Jan Vanrie, Lindsay Everaert, Wim Tops

Embodied play/engagement/emotions @ school

Duurzaamheid, diversiteit, co-creatie

Nadin Augustiniok, Naveed Iqbal, Hamid Syed Akbar, Marie Moors, Stefanie Weckx, Nadin Augustiniok, Colm MacAoidh

Adaptive reuse - exploring spatial potentialities and the poetics of the existing


Kris Pint, Nadia Sels, Goda Palekaitė, Maria Gil Ulldemolins

Co-'auto': autotheory, hybrid, and performative writing as collaborative methodologies in artistic research


Maria Konschake

Archive of Possibilities


Sofie Henneau and Leen Swinnen, Patrizia Zanoni

Caught between politics and civil society: Municipal civil servants’ influence during the phases of the policy cycle


Robin Clerckx, Bart Leten, Mark Vancauteren, Christoph Grimpe

Internationalisering en mentale gezondheid

Gezondheidszorg en arbeidsmarkt

Ellen Pipers, Sara Leroi-Werelds, Sandra Streukens, Katrien Verleye

Person Centricity: Where healthcare meets marketing

Gezondheidszorg en arbeidsmarkt

Sien Vaes, Sandra Streukens, Sara Leroi-Werelds

Digitization in healthcare: implications for customer well-being

Gezondheidszorg en arbeidsmarkt

Rosaly Severijns, Sebastien Lizin, Sandra Streukens, Pablo Moleman, Veerle Vrindts, Joey van Griethuijsen

Veggie Challenge teams: a 30-day app-based social intervention to reduce animal protein consumption

Gezondheidszorg en arbeidsmarkt

Emmelien De Roock, Niels Martin, Filip Van Droogenbroeck

Process mining and healthcare professionals: a match made in heaven?

Gezondheidszorg en arbeidsmarkt

Niels Martin

Process Analytics in Healthcare: supporting the evidence-based improvement of healthcare processes

Gezondheidszorg en arbeidsmarkt

Gerard van Hulzen, Niels Martin, Benoît Depaire

Supporting healthcare managers in making effective capacity management decisions: A data-driven approach

Gezondheidszorg en arbeidsmarkt

Ilse Cretskens, Thomas De Lombaert, Katrien Ramaekers, Kris Braekers, An Caris

Logistics and well-being: utopy or opportunity?

Gezondheidszorg en arbeidsmarkt

Silia Mertens, Lien Vanbrabant, Lotte Verdonck, Kris Braekers, An Caris

Integrated decision making in hospital supply chains

Gezondheidszorg en arbeidsmarkt

Lotte Daniels

Virtual reality evidence on the impact of physicians’ open versus defensive communication on patients

Gezondheidszorg en arbeidsmarkt

Janis Luyten, Wim Marneffe

The Impact of Implementing Electronic Health Records on Hospital Staff

Gezondheidszorg en arbeidsmarkt

Iris Beuls, Ann Petermans, Jan Vanrie

Designing human-centred palliative environments

Gezondheidszorg en arbeidsmarkt, co-creatie

Eenheid sociaal recht

Health, well-being and a human-centric focus in labour and social law

Gezondheid, welzijn en mensgerichtheid in arbeid en sociaal recht

Hannelore Van den Abeele

Careers in Creative Industries

Labour and wellbeing

Eline Jammaers

Taking animal labour more serious through a multispecies approach

Labour & Wellbeing


Deadline for registration for the lunch and exploration groups: May 15th, 2022

Registration is compulsory

Register here

Programme Committee

  • Prof. Dr. An Caris,  Faculty of Business Economics
  • Prof. Dr. Bert Willems,  Faculty of Architecture and Arts
  • Prof. Dr. Katrien Struyven,  School of Educational Studies
  • Prof. Dr. Patrizia Zanoni,  School of Social Sciences
  • Prof. Dr. Steven Van Garsse,  Faculty of Law


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