- Address :
- Parkstraat 47 - 5300
- 3000 Leuven
- Contact :
- prof. dr. Geert Van Hootegem
- Phone : +32 16 323333
- Fax :
- Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
- Website : https://hiva.kuleuven.be/
LAST UPDATE FEBRUARY 2018
The HIVA - Research Institute for Work and Society is an inter-faculty research institute of the KU Leuven and was founded in 1974 as a joint venture (structural collaboration) between the KU Leuven and the Christian Workers’ Movement (Beweging.net), which is in fact a unique organisational structure. Its core activity is to carry out applied research and to disseminate the research results. HIVA conducts policy-oriented inter-disciplinary research concerning social problems of relevance to workers, underprivileged groups, social organisations and movements. HIVA's expertise covers the fields of Work and Organisation, Labour Market, Poverty and Social Inclusion, Civil Society and Social Dialogue, Migration and Integration, Climate and Sustainable Development, Education and Lifelong Learning, Global Development, Welfare State, Housing. HIVA conducts high-quality academic and policy-related research.
HIVA's key mission is to conduct inter-disciplinary academic research on the aforementioned social problems. Based on this research, policy-oriented recommendations are formulated. In addition, HIVA wishes to encourage dialogue between academia and civil society. In order to support the policy-oriented research, HIVA also invests in more fundamental academic research. These activities result in various forms of output: research reports, academic articles, recommendations, contributions to seminars, education and training, participation in policy advice working groups and PhD research.
HIVA works closely with its partner members. In particular, it cooperates with departments within the KU Leuven in order to achieve symbiosis between policy-oriented and fundamental research and with the various organisations of the Christian Workers' Movement. In addition, cooperation with the partners within the association of the KU Leuven is a key goal, as well as with other research institutes in Flanders, Belgium and abroad. To this end, appropriate networks have been developed.
Research at HIVA is carried out mainly using external financing from public and private bodies at local, Flemish, federal and international levels. The principal clients are European institutions, the Federal government, the Flemish government and other public or private bodies. In financial terms, HIVA must be cost-effective.
Areas of expertise and competencies
Areas of expertise and competencies
HIVA's core activity is research and the dissemination of research results. HIVA conducts research in an academic and policy-oriented manner into the problems affecting workers, the underprivileged and risk groups, social organisations and movements in society. The research activities are grouped into ten major research themes.
1) Work and Organisation
2) Labour Market
3) Poverty and Social Inclusion
4) Civil Society and Social Dialogue
5) Migration and integration
6) Climate and Sustainable Development
7) Education and Lifelong Learning
8) Global Development
9) Welfare State
Work programme, strategic plan, projects
For information on all current and past projects, please visit the following website.
Publications, language, newsletter
HIVA produces two types of output: scientific and policy-oriented output. The standard products of the scientific output are the research reports. In addition, HIVA researchers also produce books or chapters in books, publish articles in scientific journals, conference proceedings, papers, develop instruments and translate research into handbooks. Various staff members are member of the editorial staff of scientific journals. HIVA organises conferences on research themes and aims in general to translate research into training.
The policy-oriented output consists of articles in policy-oriented journals, papers presented in workshops and seminars, lectures for specific target groups. Various staff members are active members of work groups and steering committees.
More information about the publications can be found on the website.
You can also register to receive the e-newsletter, which appears every month (only in Dutch).
Other networks the institute is participating in
The Centre participates in international research networks
HIVA participates in several international and European scientific networks and collaborates with RD Congo, Senegal, China, Peru and Canada. HIVA is also correspondent of the European Industrial Relations Observatory (EIRO). The Observatory is promoted by the EU and coordinated by the European Foundation for the Improvement of the Living and Working Conditions, located in Dublin.