Sophie Withaeckx

Scientific researcher

Senior researchers Centre of Expertise Gender, Diversity and Intersectionality (RHEA) Migration & Diversity
  • Current position Scientific researcher
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    Faculty of Arts and Philosophy
    Department of Philosophy
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    BE-1050 Brussels
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Sophie Withaeckx is coordinator of RHEA Centre of Expertise on Gender, Diversity and Intersectionality at the Free University Brussels.  She holds a doctorate in Philosophy and Moral Sciences (VUB), and master degrees in African Languages & Cultures (UGent) and International Politics (UA). Previously, she worked as staff member and coordinator in IVCA (Intercultural Women’s Center Antwerp) and as a researcher and lecturer at Odisee University College, where she was involved in a research project on transmigration and social work, and taught courses in ethics, sociology and project work.

Sophie’s research interests concern gender- and honour-based violence; the intersections of gender, ethnicity and culture and migration in identity construction; transnationality, transmigration and social work. Her PhD-thesis, titled “Honour, Gender & Violence in a Context of Migration” explored meanings of and experiences with the concept of honour and so-called honour-based violence among both social workers and immigrants with a variety of ethnic and religious backgrounds. She is co-author of the book “Transmigration: Social Work in a World of Superdiversity” and has published in the Tijdschrift voor Genderstudies, Journal of Gender Studies, Crossings: Journal of Migration and Culture, European Journal of Social Work and Transnational Social Review.

She is member of the editorial board of Tijdschrift voor Genderstudies, president of ella Kenniscentrum Gender & Etniciteit, and board member of Sophia (Belgian Network of Gender Studies)

Key publications

Schrooten, M., D. Geldof and S. Withaeckx (2015) Transmigration and urban social work: towards a research agenda, European Journal of Social Work (ahead-of-print): 1-13.

Withaeckx, S., M. Schrooten and D. Geldof (2015) Living across borders: The everyday experiences of Moroccan and Brazilian transmigrants in Belgium, Crossings: Journal of Migration & Culture 6(1): 23-40.

Schrooten, M., S. Withaeckx, D. Geldof and M. Lavent (2015) Transmigratie. Hulpverlenen in een wereld van superdiversiteit, Leuven: Acco.