Jef Vlegels

Senior researcher

Senior researchers Data and Policy Culture & Leisure Education
  • Current position Senior researcher
  • Contact Vrije Universiteit Brussel
    Pleinlaan 2
    Building M, room 432
    BE-1050 Brussels
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Jef Vlegels is senior researcher at the Research Unit of Data and Policy of the Research and Development department of the VUB. His research mainly focuses on topics in cultural sociology, quantitative methods for the social sciences and higher education policy. He has published and is involved in projects on cultural participation and consumption, cultural production systems, arts education, methods in social network analysis, impact studies on culture and creativity and studies on higher education policy. He is also appointed as Guest Professor at Antwerp University, where he teaches quantitative methods.

Key publications

Vlegels, J. & Lievens, J. (2016) Music classification, genres and taste patterns: a ground-up network analysis on the clustering of artist preferences. In Poetics, in press

Spithoven, A., Vlegels, J., Ysebaert, W. (2016) Exploring the impact of location on university-business relationships in Belgium: a social network approach. Sunbelt XXXVI, INSNA, Newton Beach, USA.

Vanherwegen, D., Vlegels, J., Agirdag, O., Van Houtte, M., & Lievens, J. (2015) De relatie tussen kunsteducatie en studieresultaten in relatie tot het socio-economisch profiel van scholen. In Pedagogische Studiƫn, 92

Vlegels, J. & Lievens, J. (2015) Music Genres as historicalartifacts: the case of classical music.In Connections, 35(1)

Van Steen, A., Vlegels, J. & Lievens, J. (2014). On intergenerational differences in highbrow cultural participation. Is internet an explanatory factor in understanding lower highbrow participation among younger cohorts? Journal of Information, communication and society, 18(6)