Doctoral Researcher

Leuven, Louvain (BE)
10 Jun 2020
End of advertisement period
08 Jul 2020
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time


(ref. BAP-2020-449)

The coordinating partner of the project is the Research Centre for Economics. It is designed in co-creation with academic members from other centers, exemplifying its strongly interdisciplinary approach. Other team mebers work in MEES (Research Centre for Mathematics, Econometrics and Statistics) and LUCAS (Centre for Care Research and Consultancy).


You are to be the principal investigator and PhD researcher of a four year project investigating people who beg in the Brussels-Capital Region (BCG). The research aims to study multidimensional poverty in this socially excluded group. The project documents three aspects: population size; living conditions,deprivation, and quality of life; the relationship of the group with the general public. Stakeholders indicate that the primary policy challenge is the invisibility, the dearth of reliable evidence about the needs and deprivation of people who beg. Given this lack of systematic information, the project first aims to collect reliable data, and analyse them with cutting-edge techniques. Systematic observations enable the construction of a sampling frame, estimations of the population’s size, and begging yields. A survey from a large sample of people who beg, allows us to gain an in-depth insight into their deprivation and living conditions. Finally, survey experiments with the general public document the popular assessment of begging in the public space.

The project is financed by internal KU Leuven funds, but is designed in co-creation with a number of public stakeholders in BCG. 


  • You have a Master’s degree, or obtain one during this academic year (no later than September 2020) in (Applied)Economics, Social Sciences, Political Science, Psychology, or a related discipline.
  • You received a solid training in methods and statistics, and have a quantitative background.
  • You are interested in social  and welfare problems, especially related to poverty and survival activities.
  • You have good organizational skills, especially related to the organization of complicated data collection.
  • You have knowledge of statistical software.
  • You are fluent in English, and in either French or Dutch, and have good communicative skills.
  • An Advanced Master’s degree that is functional for the research, research output or research experience, are all considered to be advantages.


We offer a fulltime employment for a one year contract. This can be extended to four years, contingent on a positive evaluation. You will work as a doctoral student in a stimulating and challenging work environment with a high degree of flexibility and autonomy. Your contract starts October 1, 2020, but there is some flexibility in both directions.


For more information please contact the project supervisor Prof. Stef Adriaenssens (tel.: +32 2 210 16 42, stef.adriaenssens@kuleuven.be). All applications require a motivation letter, resume (including detailed study results), and a one-page summary of your master’s thesis.

You can apply for this job no later than July 08, 2020 via the online application tool

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