Dave Sinardet


Professors Political Science (POLI)
  • Current position Professor
  • Contact Vrije Universiteit Brussel
    Faculty of Economic and Social Sciences and Solvey Business School
    Department of Political Science
    Pleinlaan 5 - Room 2.66
    B-1050 Brussels
  • Phone +32 (0)473 976 990
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  • Website poli.vub.ac.be

Dave Sinardet is a Professor of Political Science at the Free University of Brussels (VUB). He also teaches a course in the multilingual program of the Université Saint-Louis in Brussels. 

His research concentrates on themes such as federalism, nationalism, consociational democracy, political communication and multilingual policies. He is also an expert on the Belgian state reform process, as well as on Belgian politics in general.
His Phd dealt with the question of how a public sphere functions in a federal multilingual country such as Belgium. More specifically, he analysed the role of Dutch-speaking and French-speaking media in the representation of Belgium's political language conflict.

Sinardet is a columnist as well. Also through lectures, debates and media appearances, he is an active participant in the public debate, on both sides of the language border in Belgium. He is also regularly consulted by international media on questions related to nationalism and federalism as well as on Belgian politics.

Key publications

Belg, Vlaming, Waal, ... Identiteiten van parlementsleden; Sinardet, D., Reuchamps, M. & Dodeigne, J. 2016 In : Samenleving en Politiek. 23, 1, p. 4-16 13 p.

Research - peer-review › Article

Belgium: a hard case for liberal nationalism; Loobuyck, P. & Sinardet, D. 2016 The Strains of Commitment. Solidarity in diverse societies. Banting, K. & Kymlicka, W. (eds.). Oxford University Press, p. 287-315 29 p.