The team of the Causineq project consists of two partners: Interface Demography (Vrije Universiteit Brussel), and the Research Centre in Population and Societies (Université catholique de Louvain):

Interface Demography (ID)

Interface Demography is the VUB unit for population studies. The centre has strong expertise in demographic and sociologic research, including: (1) population dynamics in Belgium and Europe (e.g. fertility, household formation, migration, morbidity/mortality), (2) labour market and welfare state-related determinants of health and wellbeing; (3) management and linkage and exploration of large administrative and survey data.
ID’s substantive experience for this Causineq-project is situated within the area of (1) social epidemiology and (2) mortality research.

ID participates in several ongoing projects tackling various structural determinants of health inequalities. The most important scientific contribution in that regard lies in the field of work and employment. A young and growing research line coordinated by prof. dr. Christophe Vanroelen and prof. dr. Sylvie Gadeyne is concerned with various aspects of the work and employment situation as determinants of health and health inequalities in workers. Christophe Vanroelen participates to several on-going projects: the 7th framework SOPHIE project (Evaluating the impact of structural policies on health inequalities and the social determinants and fostering change) where ID focuses on labour market and employment related policies and Eurofound, investigating the mutual relation between job insecurity, employability and working conditions and their relation with personal and workplace characteristics and health.

Sylvie Gadeyne, the coordinator of the Causineq-project, has a great expertise in the field of social inequality in mortality. Her PhD fitted in a research project investigating mortality inequalities in 1991-1995 using a plethora of socio-economic and regional indicators. She participated in a project matching register mortality data to the 2001 census records. This resulted in a postdoctoral research project (2007-2015) investigating the reproduction of social inequalities in all-cause mortality through generations and trends in mortality differentials. She participated in a number of projects that seek for new data sources in order to ensure the continuity of research in health inequalities. Furthermore she participated in several international research projects and is coordinating an FWO-funded project on cancer inequalities in Belgium.

Christophe Vanroelen is assistant professor at the Department of Sociology of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. He holds a Phd in Social Health Sciences (Vrije Universiteit, Brussels, Belgium, 2009), a master degree in Sociology (Vrije Universiteit, Brussels, Belgium, 1999) and an advanced master degree in Quantitative Analysis Techniques in the Social Sciences (Katholieke Universiteit, Brussels, 2007). He has collaborated in several scientific research projects regarding socio-economic health inequalities, inequalities in the accessibility of healthcare and work-related health risks. His current research focuses on health inequalities, and effects of health determinants related to work and employment, the welfare state and social and health services. He is a member of the research groups Interface Demography (Vrije Universiteit Brussel) and GREDS-EMCONET (Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona).

Karen Van Aerden is a junior researcher connected to the Interface Demography Research Group. Her research focuses on the employment quality situation of European employees and its relationship with health and well-being. As a participant in the Causineq project, she will be working on WP4.

Didier Willaert is a senior researcher at Interface Demography. His main fields of experience are population geography (especially internal migration), Geographic Information Systems and cartography, and Belgian census data. He has worked on several policy-oriented research projects and has also been involved with the data management of the Belgian census of 2001 and the preparation of the latest 2011 census. This expertise will be relevant for the construction of databases within the Causineq project.

Team members ID



Project coordinator

tel: +32 2 6148129





tel: +32 2 6148125



Van Aerden

Junior researcher

tel: +32 2 6148156




Data manager

tel: +32 2 6148130


Research Centre in Population and Societies (DEMO)

The Research Centre in Population and Societies (DEMO) is the second partner in the project. Over the last 50 years, the Catholic University of Louvain (UcL) has offered teaching in demography within the Research Centre in Population and Societies (DEMO), which has built a solid reputation in the realm of population studies in Belgium and in developing countries. The DEMO Centre is active in various international and national networks and projects, and develops basic and applied research focused on population issues in both developed and developing countries. Its methodological competences are broad and concern topics such as data collection, data analysis from demographic surveillance sites and population registers, analysis of incomplete demographic data, mixed methods, forecasts and micro-simulations. As far as the CAUSINEQ project is concerned, the expertise of DEMO is most relevant for the technical analysis of mortality, the knowledge of databases which will be used (census, population register, GGP) and of the population of Belgium and its sociodemographic disparities.

Thierry Eggerickx is a research associate at the FNRS and professor at the Université catholique de Louvain (UCL). He holds a PhD in Demography and works at the Research Centre in Population and Societies (DEMO) of the UCL. Through his implication in different national and regional projects, he acquired a strong knowledge of the Belgian demographic and socioeconomic context and of the use of exhaustive databanks like the census and the National Register.
His research focuses mainly on local demographics, internal and international migration and the evolution of social and demographic inequalities (e.g. health, mortality, ageing).

Cathérine Gourbin was trained in sociology and in anthropology at the University of Paris V-René Descartes, and she holds a PhD and a Master in Demography from the Université catholique de Louvain in Belgium. She is currently professor at the Université catholique de Louvain working at the Research Centre in Population and Societies. Her research interests concern reproductive health and dependent elderly in Europe.

Bruno Masquelier is assistant professor in demography at DEMO (UCL) and associate researcher at the French Institut National d'Etudes Démographiques (INED) in Paris. He obtained his PhD in Demography at the UCL in 2010 after a master in Sociology. His research agenda spans a broad array of issues related to mortality, from the estimation of adult mortality in countries with deficient vital registration systems, to inequalities in mortality in developing countries and causes of death in conflict settings. He is currently involved in several research projects in Mali, Senegal and Madagascar. The CAUSINEQ project is his first foray into Belgian demography.

Christophe Vandeschrick is researcher at the Research Centre in Population and Societies (DEMO) at the Université catholique de Louvain (UCL). He obtained his PhD in Demography from UCL in 2005 after a master in Geography. During the last decade, he has taken an active role in the Generations and Gender Programme Belgium, the Belgian part of the international research programme Generations and Gender Programme, launched by the United Nations (UNECE - PAU) and in Microcensus 2006, a project that aimed to prepare the Belgian census by using administrative databases, especially in the field of education.

Paul Majérus is a Phd student at the Research Centre in Population and Societies (DEMO) of the UCL and holds a Master in Demography. His research focuses on the inequalities in cause-specific mortality according to family arrangements and trajectories.

Jean-Paul Sanderson

Luc Dal

Team members DEMO



Team coordinator

tel: +32 10 472967





tel: +32 10 474163





tel: +32 10 472955




Senior researcher

tel: +32 10 474103




Junior researcher

tel: +32 10 474123




Senior researcher

tel: +32 10 474543




Statistician, data manager

tel: +32 10 474044