Department of Social Research

General Introduction

The Department of Social Research (Vakgroep Sociaal Onderzoek - SOCO) is responsible for both teaching and research activities in the fields of:

  • social science research methods and applied statistics;
  • demography and population sociology;
  • sociology of labour, labour market policy and industrial relations;
  • anthropology and development studies.

As such, the group manages the courses in these domains offered in the curricula on sociology, economics, political sciences and geography. In addition, also the courses in the fields of medical sociology and social work are attached to the department, but research in these fields belongs to the faculty of medicine.

The research of the department is organized by two subgroups: (i) Interface Demography which is responsible for population studies and research methods, and (ii) TESA (Study Group in Technological, Economic and Social Change and Labour Market Research) which is specialized in the domains of labour relations. Within this website you will find information on the two SOCO research units.

Visiting address: VUB-Campus Etterbeek, Karel Van Miert Building (Pleinlaan 5), 2nd floor, at 5 minutes walking distance from the Etterbeek train station, and 10 minutes from the metro stations Petillon or Delta. Mailing address: Vakgroep Sociaal Onderzoek, VUB, Pleinlaan 5, B-1050 Brussels. Fax: ++32-2-614 8135.

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