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 has worked as staff member and coordinator in IVCA (Intercultural Women’s Center Antwerp) and as a researcher and lecturer in 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. At VUB, she has been student monitor for Redelijk Eigenzinnig (2015-2017)
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 inTijdschrift 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).