An-Sofie Smetcoren

Senior researchers Educational Sciences (EDWE) Politics & Policy
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    Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences
    Department of Educational Sciences
    Pleinlaan 2 - 1050 Brussels - Belgium
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An-Sofie Smetcoren is a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Educational Science. Her research focuses on how urban environments influence daily life (e.g. access to services and care, housing, etc) of its inhabitants and thus how processes of social inclusion and exclusion take place in communities. Within her research she have developed a specific interest in the Brussels Capital Region. Adjoining this, is her particular interest to engage with the experiences of and to give voice to socially, politically and economically marginalised populations (by using and developing co-creative, participatory action research approaches). Currently she is involved in the CALICO (Care and Living in Community) project (website:, Reno-Lab-C ( and Culturally Sensitive Care Ambassadors ( Furthermore, as a researcher she is also member of the Belgian Ageing Research group.


Smetcoren, A.-S., De Donder, L., Van Wallendael, K. (2019). Etnisch-culturele zelforganisaties: een onmisbare schakel in welzijn, zorg en hulpverlening. Resultaten van het Powercare project. In M. Schrooten, R. Thys, P. Debruyne (Eds.) Sociaal Schaduwwerk. Over informele spelers in het welzijnslandschap (pp. 217-223). Brussels: Politeia. ISBN 978-2-509-03386-4 [In Dutch]

Smetcoren, A.-S, De Donder, L., Duppen D., De Witte, N., Vanmechelen, O. & Verté, D. (2018). Towards an Active Caring Community in Brussels. In T. Buffel, S. Handles, C. Phillipson (Eds.) Age-friendly communities: A Global Perspective (pp.97-118). Bristol: Policy Press.

Smetcoren, A.-S., Massart, E., Demuynck, K., De Donder, L., Struelens, L., Vanmechelen, O., Verstraeten, S.,& Ghyselen, S (2017). Entour-Age Noord: Inspiring and innovative housing & work. Zelzate: University Press. [In Dutch]