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Huegaerts Kelly


Kelly Huegaerts (1988) studied Sociology at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), where she graduated in June 2012 as a Master in Sociology with a qualitative MA dissertation on the precarious employment of service voucher employees. In 2016 she obtained a Master’s degree in Quantitative Analysis in the Social Science at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (KUL) with a quantitative MA dissertation investigating the mediators of the relationship between the unemployed Brussels’ youth and their mental health. In November 2020 she obtained her PhD entitled “Young and carefree? A study on the relationship between unemployment and mental health among young job-seekers in Brussels” at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB).
She is currently working as a post-doctoral researcher at the research group Interface Demography of the VUB. Her research focuses on the relationship between unemployment and mental health, precarious employment and health from both a qualitative and quantitative perspective.





Centre(s) de recherche







*Imeraj, L., Engelbos, C., Huegaerts, K. (2012) Een bevolkingsprognose voor het Brussels Hoofdstedelijk Gewest. Impact op het aantal beschikbare plaatsen in het Brusselse kleuteronderwijs. Working paper
*Mousaid, S., Bosmans, K., Huegaerts, K., Vanroelen, C. The service voucher system, health and health inequalities, Interface Demography Working Paper 2015-1, Vakgroep SOCI, VU Brussel.
*Huegaerts, K., Vanroelen, C., Sainsbury, R. SOPHIE – WP2. Fuel Poverty Policies and Programmes in Northern Ireland, Interface Demography Working Paper 2016-1, Vakgroep SOCI, VU Brussel.
*Mousaid, S., Huegaerts, K., Bosmans,K., Mireia, J., Benach, J., Vanroelen, C. The Quality of Work in the Belgian Service Voucher System. International Journal of Health Services, 2017;47:40-60. DOI: 10.1177/0020731416677478.
*Huegaerts, K., Puig-Barrachina, V., Vanroelen, C. The mental health of unemployed Brussels youth: the role of social and material resources. Archives of public health, 2017;75:19. DOI: 10.1186/s13690-017-0187-7.
*Huegaerts, K.; Spruyt, B.; Vanroelen, C. Youth Unemployment and Mental Health: The Mediating Role of Embodiment. Societies 2018, 8, 14, doi:10.3390/soc8020043.
*Huegaerts, K. The effect of unemployment on the mental health of young social vulnerable groups in the Brussels Capital Region – Policy Brief; 2018.
*Freiler, A., Muntaner, C., Gelormino, E., Huegaerts, K., Puig-Barrachina, V., Mitchell, C., O’Campo, P. Resisting Austerity Measures to Cut Social Policies: Multiple Explanatory Case Studies of Four Countries. Health Promotion International, doi:10.1093/heapro/day073.
*Vanroelen, C., Janssens, B., Trionfetti, M. C., Huegaerts, K., Deschacht, N., Brizna, M., … Dotti, N. F. (2018). Étude sur la réintégration des métiers peu qualifiés externalisés dans la fonction publique régionale Bruxelloise. Brussel.
* Huegaerts, K., Wagener, M., Vanroelen, C. (2019). Is mental health a predictor for a smooth school-to-work transition? A 20-months follow-up study of Brussels youth. Applied Research in Quality of Life.
* de Wilde d’Estmael, J., Dermine, E., Deschacht, N., Dotti, N.F., Huegaerts, K., Janssens, B., Trionfetti, M.C., Vanroelen, C. (2020) Outsourcing or insourcing? The case of the Brussels Regional administration. Brussels Studies.

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