PhD Projects


Sarah Dekeyser

Supervisor : Vannessa Hanin & Gaetane Caesens

In Europe and worldwide, the attrition rate among teachers is rising. One of the key determinants underlined is level of burnout. On this basis, the PhD project focuses on the factor of teachers' occupational stress and burnout. Using both qualitative and quantitative methods, the project aims to shed light on the emotional competencies that influence level of stress, anxiety, and burnout among prospective teachers.


Emma Sarter

Supervisor : Annalisa Casini

Using both quantitative and qualitative methods, the PhD project is centered on the study of transphobia, that is to say the “stereotypes, prejudice, and discrimination directed toward individuals that are or are perceived to be transgender” (Morrison et al., 2017, p. 1). Emma is also interested in both the causes of this phenomenon and its consequences on trans* people’s well-being and self-perception. 


Aside from the main project, Emma work on the construction of a scale measuring emotions and behaviours that cisgender people are likely to adopt when interacting with trans* individuals in daily life situations. 

Finally, a smaller part of my work consists in giving trainings to professionals who regularly interact with trans* clients or patients and aim to develop a more inclusive practice. 


Thomas Pirsoul

Supervisor : Frédéric Nils

The PhD project aims to investigate the role of emotional intelligence in career development. As the majority of studies were cross-sectional and focused on variable-centered approches, the aims of this project is to extend the investigation of emotional intelligence with longitudinal and person-centered approaches in career development.

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Charlotte Rodriguez Conde

Supervisor : Florence Stinglhamber, Nele De Cuyper, Hans de Witte

During the Covid-19 pandemic, employers made extensive use of short-time work (STW) compensation schemes (sometimes called “temporary unemployment”). In Belgium alone, more than one million workers were affected by STW at the peak of the crisis. Because such a measure saves jobs and alleviates deprivation of financial resources in the short term, it is usually considered beneficial for employees with overall positive outcomes on job attitudes and well-being. Yet, STW may have a dark side. First, it may be a disruptive event that indicates a threat to employment and employability. Second, it may trigger feelings of being instrumentalized by the organization and undermine the relationship between the organization and employees on an ongoing basis. Accordingly, the PhD project aims to investigate the bright and dark sides of STW and the impact of this policy instrument on job attitudes, well-being, and career-related outcomes in the long term.

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Sarah Wattelet

Supervisor : Annalisa Casini

Thus far, research on discrimination based on sexual orientation in the workplace has focused primarily on gay men or homosexual people as a whole, while studies on gender-based discrimination at work mainly focused on heterosexual women. Against this trend, this project is intended to investigate the specific discrimination experienced by lesbian women in the workplace. Specifically, the mediating effect of stereotypes about lesbian women on the relationship between the target's characteristics (gender, sexual orientation) and the perceived target's employability (employability, likeability, promotion, salary...) will be studied. In addition, the effects of the rater's characteristics, beliefs, and motivations, the target's prototypicality, and the position profile will also be considered.

Post-doc Projects


Michaël Parmentier

​Michaël is a post-doc researcher and a teaching and research assistant in Organizational and Vocational Psychology. The aim of his PhD was to investigate how individuals emotionally anticipate several major educational and career transitions: the transition from high school to higher education, the transition from higher education to the job market, and the transition from unemployment to employment. More specifically, he is interested in investigating the specific combinations of emotional anticipation as well as several antecedents (e.g., career adaptability, emotion regulation) and outcomes (e.g., vocational behaviors) of individuals' emotional anticipation at the prospect of these transitions. In parallel, he also began a post-project at the Université of Lausanne under the supervision of Jonas Masdonati on a qualitative project related to unvoluntary job transition

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Noémie Brison

Supervisor : Gaetane Caesens

The PhD project aims at examining the relationship between workplace ostracism and organizational dehumanization. It further seeks to identify the explaining mechanisms and the deleterious consequences of this relationship for employees as well as for organizations. It also aims at studying how employees belonging to minorities experience ostracism in organizational settings. 

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Constantin Lagios

Supervisor : Gaetane Caesens & Florence Stinghlamber

The PhD project focuses on the emloyee-employer relationship and, more precisely, on the deshumanization construct. It examines the organizational and work-related factors that may lead to organizational dehumanization, as well as the harmful consequences it has for both employees and organizations. It also aims at identifying the mechanisms that may explain these deleterious consequences.