Karen Francois is a professor at the department of philosophy at VUB, teaching ‘Science and Society’ and ‘Phenomenological approach to the sciences’. She takes part at the research group Centre for Logic and Philosophy of Science (CLWF).
As the director of the Doctoral School of Human Sciences she is managing the doctoral training for all PhD students from the Human Sciences (about 600).
She did her doctoral research in the frame of the Interuniversity Attraction Pole, Phase V. "The loyalties of knowledge. The positions and responsibilities of the sciences and of scientists in a democratic and constitutional state" a collaboration between CLWF and LSTS amongst others. She holds a Doctorate in Philosophy (2008, Free University Brussels), with a dissertation on "Politics of Mathematics".
Other degrees are Advanced Studies in Women's Studies (1996, University of Antwerp); Bachelor of Philosophy (1986,University of Ghent); Qualified teacher in Moral Sciences (1985, University of Ghent); Master in Moral Sciences (1984, University of Ghent) and Bachelor of Secondary Education: Sciences and Geography (1980, State School Teacher Training in Ghent).
From 2008-2010 she was working at the Free University Brussels as a Postdoctoral Researcher for the GOA project "Re-Unifying Philosophy Through Dis-Unifying Science" at CLWF.
From 2011 she became Director of the Doctoral School of Human Sciences (DSh) and professor at the department of philosophy. She is studying the role of mathematics and of statistics in society, in epistemology and in education. Furthermore she is studying the special role that mathematical practices play within discourses on sciences, technology and society.
She takes part at the research group Centre for Logic and Philosophy of Science, the international research group Philosophy of Mathematics: Sociological Aspects and Mathematical Practice and the research group Law Science Technology and Society (LSTS).