Anne-Sophie Collard

Anne-Sophie Collard has a PhD in information and communication sciences and is professor at the University of Namur. Her researches mainly focus on ICT uses and representations constructed both by users and by ICT designers. Through semio-cognitive and socio-cognitive approaches, she integrates techno-semiotic, social and cognitive dimensions in her works.

She is director of the Communication and Internet Unit of the Information, Law and Society Research Center (CRIDS).






The Information, Law and Society Research Center (CRIDS)

The research of the Communication and Internet Unit is focused on the analysis, the reflection and the popularization of the phenomena that make up the Web: uses it generates, contents it produces, attitudes it supports or constrains, techniques which are used and modified by users, societal changes it induces and rules it creates.




Pierre Fastrez

Pierre Fastrez is a Research Associate of the Belgian National Fund for Scientific Research and a lecturer at the School of Communication (COMU) and the Center for Research in Communication (RECOM) of the Université catholique de Louvain (Belgium).

His research focuses on the influence of information and communication technology on the cognitive activities they support, and on the evaluation of media literacy competences. In this second research domain, he has developed an interest for the following questions:

- the conceptual definition of media literacy;

- the development of validated media literacy levels assessment tools;

- the relationship between the individuals' media literacy levels and their ability to appropriate contemporary environmental issues through the media;

- the relative efficiency of media education initiatives depending on their pedagogy.


Thibault Philippette

Thibault Philippette holds a Ph.D. in Information and Communication. He has completed a doctoral thesis on socio-cognitive analysis of collective and at distance practices of players in MMORPG environments. Furthermore, he participated in European and National researches on media literacy assessment and media education with UCL team members. He also has a 4-year professional experience as communication assistant.

He was previously associated with Anne-Sophie Collard in the coordination of the project (WP1). He is now involved in supervising Work Package 4 researches. 







Founded in 1995, the GReMS is a research unit of 3 faculty and 10 PhD students and researchers dedicated to basic and applied research in educational media and media education. It is one of the three research teams of the Center for Research in Communication (RECOM), which aims at developing knowledge and federating research efforts in information and communication sciences within the Université catholique de Louvain (UC Louvain). RECOM is itself a division of the Institute for Language and Communication (IL&C), which gathers researchers in linguistics and communication.

Since its creation, the GReMS has developed an expertise in the study of the mediated communication of knowledge, the educational uses of ICT, and the assessment of media literacy competences. Its main theoretical orientation is cognitive semiotics, which examines the relationship between cognition and external representations. The GReMS maintains a strong empirical and experimental research tradition within communication sciences, in which hermeneutics and interpretative approaches stand as the dominant methodological model.



Geoffroy Patriarche

Geoffroy Patriarche is a full-time professor in Communication studies at Université Saint-Louis - Bruxelles and serves as coordinator of PReCoM, the Research Centre for Communication and Media. His main research interests include media audiences, digital literacy and the changing practices of interaction and participation in the media sphere.

Geoffroy Patriarche has been chair of the COST Action IS0906 Transforming Audiences, Transforming Societies (2010-2014, He has co-edited The Social Use of Media: Cultural and Social Scientific Perspectives on Audience Research (Intellect, 2012) and Audience Research Methodologies: Between Innovation and Consolidation (Routledge, 2013).





Research Centre for Communication and Media (PReCoM)

The Pôle de Recherches sur la Communication et les Médias / Research Centre for Communication and Media (PReCoM) brings together academics and researchers at Université Saint-Louis - Bruxelles (USL-B) who are researching communication and (new) media from a range of theoretical and methodological perspectives. While PReCoM is mainly rooted in media and communication studies, it also combines approaches from other fields and disciplines in the humanities and the social sciences in order to address different dimensions of the media-society nexus.


KU Leuven

Monique Ramioul

Monique Ramioul is a sociologist and holds a PhD in Social Sciences. She is the head of the Work and Organisation Research Group at the HIVA Research Institute for Work and Society-KULEUVEN. Her research experiences concern research on work and organisation in both qualitative and quantitative research designs.

Her main research topics include: organisational restructuring and innovation, changes in work, skills and qualifications and quality of work. She has a strong track record in both participation in and coordination of European projects.  






HIVA Research Institute for Work and Society

HIVA Research Institute for Work and Society is a multidisciplinary research institute of KU Leuven. HIVA specialises in academic and policy-oriented research that can provide a very specific response to current policy issues. We carry out research that works! Bringing together experts from different disciplines and our specialisation in policy-oriented research on work and society give HIVA a unique position within KU Leuven and outside the university.

The research activities of HIVA are organised into six groups, namely Work and Organisation; Labour Market; Poverty, Social Integration and Migration; Sustainable Development; Education and Lifelong Learning; Welfare State and Housing.



Jerry Jacques

Jerry Jacques is a postdoctoral researcher at UNAMUR, coordinator of the LITME@WORK (Belspo) project and guest lecturer at UCL. His research is focused on defining and understanding contemporary literacy competences needed to interact and make sense of information and media. He is also interested in the effect of external representations (e.g. concepts map, cards sorting methods, graphs…) on learning and users’ internal representations. Jerry Jacques obtained a Master’s Degree in Socio-Educational Communication in 2012 and a PhD in Information and Communication in 2016 (UCL). In his PhD thesis, he proposed a definition of the competences required to organize digital collections of personal information. He is associated with Anne-Sophie Collard in the coordination of the project (WP1) and participates in Work Package 4 Research. 



Marie Dufrasne

Marie Dufrasne is a teaching assistant and researcher in Information and Communication at Saint-Louis University – Brussels (USL-B). Her research interests are situated in participatory mechanisms and communicational practices around participation.

Her doctoral research is about the European Citizens’ Initiative as an indicator of the evolution of participatory practices and registers of engagement at the European level. Within PReCoM (Research Centre For Communication and Media), she contributes to researches about digital literacy, ICT uses, and practices of interaction and participation in the media sphere.

She is associated with Geoffroy Patriarche in Work Package 2 Research. 





Valèria Ligurgo

Valèria Ligurgo is a Ph.D. student in Information and Communication at Université Catholique de Louvain. She has a Master Degree in socio-educational communication and focused her master thesis on the development of an evaluation method aimed to measure social and media literacy competences levels of high school students in an online social network environment. Her doctoral dissertation will take place in the context of the LITME@WORK project and is about digital media uses and competences in new work practices such as teamwork and distance working. 

She is associated with Pierre Fastrez and Thierry De Smedt in Work Package 4.






Yennef Vereycken

Yennef Vereycken is a labour sociologist and researcher at the HIVA Research Institute for Work and Society – KU Leuven, working in the group Work, Organization and Social Dialogue. His current research topics include new forms of employment in a digital economy, Litme@work and quality of working life in public services.







Jan Zienkowski

Jan Zienkowski works as a post-doc researcher for the LITME@WORK project conducted at the Université Saint Louis. Within the research group PReCoM (Pôle de Recherches sur la Communications et les Media) he focuses on digital media literacy in teamwork and distance work. He is guest professor in communication science and is author of Articulations of self and politics in activist discourse (2017). His publications focus on issues of reflexivity, critique and discourse as articulated in large-scale debates on migration, populism and neoliberalism. He aims to rearticulate linguistic pragmatic, critical and poststructuralist approaches to signification in order to understand how human beings deal with hegemony with varying degrees of awareness. Jan Zienkowski has a background in communication sciences, international relations and linguistics.



Arne Vanderstukken

Arne Vanderstukken is a postdoctoral researcher at the HIVA Research Institute for Work and Society (group Work, Organization and Social Dialogue) and a guest lecturer at KU Leuven. His research focuses on topics such as new ways of working, person-environment fit, and leadership communications.







Associated member

Born in Brussel in 1951. Master's degrees in Economics and in Social Communication. Doctor in Social Communication. Thierry De Smedt is a professor at the School of Communication (COMU) and the Center for Communication Research (RECOM) of the Université catholique de Louvain (Belgium).

His research focuses on the social appropriation of information and communication technology. He has been active in the field of media education since its inception, with particular focus on the evaluation of the educational effects of media education initiatives developed by educators. Thierry De Smedt is a member of the "Technology and Society" class of the Belgian Royal Academy. He is also member of the Media Education High Council of the Belgian French-speaking Community (Conseil supérieur de l’Education aux médias).







Follow-up Committee Members

Emmanuel Pieters Digital Agenda Advisor (Minister A. De Croo)

Alain Piette and Mélanie Straetmans Federal Public Service (FPS) Employment, Labour and Social Dialogue

Isabelle Vandenbussche PPS Social Integration, anti-Poverty Policy, social Economy

Nicolas Rogister FPS Economy, S.M.E.s, Self-employed and Energy

Véronique Lagrange, Annelise Depasse and Ine Polling FPS Mobility and Transport

Ben Smeets and Philippe Vermeulen FPS Personnel & Organisation

Koen Beirens OFO-IFA Federal Administration Training Institute

Lalynn Wadera CEVORA

Lisa Lombardi Agence Wallonne des Télécommunications

Mieke Van Gramberen Flanders Synergy

Patricia Vendramin FTU Namur – BRAIN-be e-inclusion

Anusca Ferrari Researcher on Digital Competences

Stijn Gryp ACV/CSC