DULBEA is a research department in applied economics at the Université libre de Bruxelles that falls under the auspices of the Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management. Its specificity stems from the focus it puts on the development of tools for decision making in economic and social matters. Social relevance and scientific quality are the main drivers behind the department's reputation in the field of applied economics. DULBEA brings together various research units (or teams) specialized in specific themes. These research units are involved in national and international networks of outstanding research centers affiliated with numerous universities. The directors of these units are all part of the academic staff of the Faculty of social, political and economic sciences and of the economics section of the Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management. The application of a gender approach to economic analysis is a tradition at DULBEA.

The DULBEA GENDER team, directed by Danièle Meulders, focuses specifically on gender studies. Its members are Síle O’Dorchai, Robert Plasman, François Rycx and Ilan Tojerow, who supervise around ten researchers and PhD students. This team's research is on gender economics and equality policies.

Labour market inequalities are one of the major research domains of the team, notably through the continuous participation in the European network ENEGE (European Network of Experts on Gender Equality of the European Commission) in which Danièle Meulders represents Belgium and Robert Plasman Luxembourg as well as in the international network, RG Mage (Labour market and gender) directed by Margaret Maruani assisted by Danièle Meulders. The DULBEA GENDER team has also carried out different research projects in the field of part-time work, atypical work, parental leave, and more generally, the employment effacts of parenthood and "reconciliation" policies, notably in the framework of the coordination and participation in two international and interdisciplinary research projects MOCHO (The Rationale of Motherhood Choices : Influence of Employment Conditions and of Public Policies) and PEPSI (Public policies towards employment of parents and social inclusion).

The expertise of teh DULBEA GENDER team in the field of wage inequalities is based on a long tradition of research on wage formation. In 2010, in the framework of the Belgian Presidency of teh European Union, the team carried out an « Analysis of the gender pay gap in the EU-27 ». The aim was to analyse and compare the gender pay gap throughout the EU and to study its causes. The team's research has also been extended to other income components and various studies have investigated inequality in income and poverty. The project « Belgian Gender and Income Analysis (BGIA) » aimed at measuring inequalities between men's and women's individual incomes and at carrying out a statistical and econometric study of these income gaps and it has led to the definition of new poverty indicators.

Since 2000, the DULBEA GENDER team has realised different research projects in the domain of women and science. In Belgium, the studies Alma Mater and GENIUFanalysed gender inequalities in French-speaking universities. At the international level, the topic was at the core of the projects “Meta-analysis of gender and science research” and “Euro-Mediterranean research cooperation on gender and science: SHE Euro-Mediterranean Research Area (SHEMERA)”. Danièle Meulders and Sile O’Dorchai have also participated in the construction and analysis of the data and indicators of the European Union in the field of women and science: She Figures 2009 and 2012.


Conference "Gender and Work"

Monday March 10, 2014 at 14h

Université Libre de Bruxelles, Dupréel room, Building S, 44 avenue Jeanne, 1050 Brussels


2 pm: Opening of the conference

Didier Viviers, Rector of ULB: State of the art on gender equality policies at ULB

Danièle Meulders, ULB, DULBEA, MAGE: Presentation of the new Master in labour science with the orientation "Gender and inequalities"

Margaret Maruani, CNRS and Université Paris Descartes - CERLIS, Director of the network « Marché du travail et genre - MAGE »: Women are everywhere, equality nowhere

Jacqueline Laufer, HEC Paris, MAGE: The glass ceiling

Fatiha Talahite, CNRS, CRESSPA, Paris: Gender and labour market in the Middle-East and North Africa

Conclusions by Pascale Vielle, UCL, CIRTES

5 pm: Drink


Prof. Danièle Meulders' mission to Burundi

Between February 2 and 9, 2014, Danièle Meulders visited Burundi to teach the course "Work, gender and poverty" to students in the complementary Master on Gender, Institutions and Society at the Université Lumière at Bujumbura.