- Vrije Universiteit Brussel
- Communication Studies
|Work history||• September 2013 until now: Teaching assistant (40%) and PhD student (60%) at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Free University of Brussels).
• January 2012-February 2013: Researcher at the department of communication studies of the Universiteit Antwerpen (University of Antwerp). In this project I investigated how the Belgian press covers the energy question in Belgium, using quantitative content analysis. The aim was to make a so-called ‘media monitor’ about the energy question in Belgium, in order to get a better idea on how the press functions as a platform to reinforce public acceptability for new technological developments or organize opposition against them
|Study history||• Master in Communication Studies – Free University Brussels (VUB) (graduated in 2010)
Thesis on the political role of the written press in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Graduated with great distinction. On December 16th, 2010, this thesis was awarded second place for the ‘Prize of the Flemish Peace Institute’.
• Master after Master in Sustainable Development and Human Ecology – Free University Brussels (VUB)
Thesis on the Belgian societal debate on nuclear energy. Graduated with distinction. (graduated in 2007)
• Master in History – Ghent University (UGhent)
Thesis on press censorship in German occupied Brussels during World War I. Graduated with sufficiency. (graduated in 2006)
• Upper Secondary School – Sint-Janscollege, Sint-Amandsberg. Classical languages (Latin and Greek) (graduated in 2002)
The representation of the energy debate in the post-‐political age. A qualitative analysis of news coverage of energy issues from a historical perspective
Nuclear energy has been provoking heated public debate in Belgium since the 1970s up until today. This PhD-project approaches this public debate as a discursive struggle. This implies looking at the issue from a political perspective. Chantal Mouffe (2005) defines ‘the political’ as the sphere of conflict and ineradicable antagonism in society. Hence, any energy policy is the (temporary) outcome of a struggle between competing discourses, rather than a rational consensus or a technological inevitability. This project looks in particular at the articulation of discourses of resistance in the newspaper coverage on the occasion of large-scale nuclear accidents.