Alexander Coppens

PhD Researcher in Migration History

Junior researchers Historical Research into Urban Transformation Processes (HOST) History Politics & Policy
  • Current position PhD Researcher in Migration History
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    Department of History
    Faculty of Arts and Philosophy
    Building C – Room 5.457
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    BE-1050 Brussels
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Alexander Coppens (1982) obtained a Master in History at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel in 2007. In his Master’s thesis, he investigated socio-economic inequalities in Belgium in the 1970s-80s and the related changes in consumer patterns. He obtained his teacher degree in 2009 and as of November 2011, he works as a doctoral researcher at HOST on a project of the Research Foundation Flanders (FWO) on migration policies in Brussels between 1750 and 1914, investigating the role of local governments in the development and implementation of a national migration policy. He undertakes this research in close collaboration with doctoral researcher Ellen Debackere (University of Antwerp), who conducts similar research with a specific focus on the city of Antwerp. Supervisors are Prof. dr. Anne Winter (Vrije Universiteit Brussel) and Prof. dr. Hilde Greefs (Universiteit Antwerpen).

Key publications

Ellen Debackere and Alexander Coppens (2013) Historisch onderzoek naar migratiebeleid: verkennend literatuuroverzicht, Belgische vereniging voor nieuwste geschiedenis 1(35): 8-11.

Previous education

2009: Teacher’s Degree, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium

2007: Master in History, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium

Previous positions

2009-2011: Project Assistant Caritas International (voluntary) – Return and reintegration


No longer related to the VUB