Besides being at IOB, where I am currently acting as chair, I am also associated professor at the Faculté d'Economie et Développement, UCC-Kinshasa.
I studied sociology and economics. Before coming to Antwerp, I worked at the Universidad Centroamericana (Managua, Nicaragua).
I have inquired into the domains of poverty alleviation, capabilities, local governance and social norms. I have published mainly on poverty and regress in Congo but have occasionally done some work on Nicaragua, Rwanda and Cameroon. I am actually focusing my research and policy advisory work on local aspects of public action in DRC. This focus links me to the "Centre of the Great Lakes Region of Africa". I also coordinate the Institutional University Cooperation between Flemish universities and the Université Catholique du Congo (Kinshasa, DRC) on "Decentralisation and Local Development".