From now on you will also find current research information from VIB on the FRIS Research Portal!
The Flemish Institute for Biotechnology (VIB) is the first strategic research center that provides research information to the FRIS Research Portal* in an automated manner. This is the fruit of intensive collaboration between VIB employees and the EWI Department. Because the information now flows directly, you can consult the most current data via FRIS: no fewer than 1,458 researchers, 153 organizations, 452 projects, 4,853 publications and 274 patents. Of course, this is just a start. These numbers will increase considerably in the future. “This smooth automation is partly due to VIB's mature data warehouse with existing metadata at various levels. In this way, VIB wishes to contribute to the Open Science mission of the Flemish Government and Europe,” says VIB.
Researcher in the spotlight
Kirsten Vanderplanken is a researcher in the Next Generation Work knowledge center at Antwerp Management School. After obtaining her Master's degree in Sociology in 2013, she won a PhD scholarship from the Flanders Research Institute for Agricultural, Fisheries and Food. In collaboration with ILVO and the research group of Environment and Society at the University of Antwerp (now Centre for Research on Environmental and Social Change), she studied the functioning and integration of organizational networks, both through network structure (relational patterns) and network culture (feelings of belonging, commitment and identity). To this end, she developed a qualitative method for social network analysis that allows to study network structure and culture together. In 2017, she successfully defended her PhD at the University of Antwerp. In the period after her PhD, Kirsten worked on several research projects in the private sector, where she further developed her interest in practice-based research. She also worked at the Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters (UCLouvain), including on the European SCORCH project. In this project, she studied heat-health policies in European countries, and citizens' knowledge and behavior to protect themselves from adverse health impacts from heat exposure. She is also involved as an expert with the Global Heat Health Information Network and contributed to the technical brief on heat and COVID-19.
Kirsten's research interest in the impact of climate change and adaptation policies on work aligns strongly with the thinking around sustainable careers that is at the core of the Next Generation Work knowledge center. Together with Ans De Vos, she is promoter of the VIONA project "A human capital roadmap for the Flemish Climate Adaptation Plan." This project started in December 2022 and aims to gain more insight into the challenges and opportunities that the Flemish adaptation policy creates for the labor market, specifically in terms of employment, competencies and quality of work. Based on these insights, through a methodology of co-design, a widely supported roadmap and toolbox will be designed that can stimulate and support the Flemish policy and stakeholders in the field in realizing the adaptation plan and a just transition.
In addition, Kirsten also conducts research on how workers and companies can prepare themselves for the future, specifically with regards to the "twin transformations" of digitalization and greening. In this context, she conducted research in the textile industry on the competencies of the future and strengthening soft skills among blue collar workers in the context of digitalization. In the health and welfare sector, she contributed to the development of an intrapreneurship training to strengthen workers in their careers while also providing them with the tools to address societal challenges.
Kirsten aims to create a broad societal impact with her research and make her research accessible to experts and laypeople alike. Her work has appeared in the several practice-oriented magazines and news media, such as HRMagazine, HR Square, ZigZag HR and VRT NWS. She also presents her work at academic conferences and focuses on publications in highly regarded journals. Finally, she supervises master students’ theses in the Master in Public Management, coaches students in their Action Learning Projects in the Global Leadership Skills course, and teaches research labs on qualitative research in the Executive PhD program at AMS.