An Jacobs

PhD in Sociology and senior researcher at iMinds-SMIT-VUB

Prof. Dr. An Jacobs joined SMIT in 2005 as Senior Researcher. Integrating social research within all phases of the development process of innovative products is her core interest. Therefore she specializes in user research in the broad sense and design ethnography in particular, combining her interest in both quantitative and qualitative techniques. Within the team she is responsable for the co-ordination of the projects in the health and care fields. At the moment, she is doing different research projects within the field of e-government. She holds a PhD degree in Political and Social Sciences-Sociology (University of Ghent), where she has previously worked as assistant at the Department of Sociology. She teaches sociology at the Hogeschool Antwerpen in the Department of Design Sciences--integrated product development.


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