About HIVA

HIVA specialises in academic and policy-oriented research. It is a multidisciplinary research institute which is associated with K.U.Leuven.

Partners and networking

We collaborate actively with social organisations, governments and businesses. We also work together with other knowledge centres at our university and elsewhere. We participate in numerous national and international academic networks and we enjoy close relationships with similar university research centres in Belgium and abroad.


HIVA seeks to translate its research work into a broader offering of education and training. To this end, it organises conferences and study days. HIVA researchers are also regularly invited to participate as speakers in external training initiatives.


Applied and policy-oriented research is our most important asset. HIVA’s expertise encompasses the following research themes:

  • Work and Organisation
  • Labour Market
  • Poverty and Social Integration
  • Civil Society and Social Economy
  • Migration
  • Environmental Policy and Sustainable Development
  • Education and Lifelong Learning
  • Development Cooperation
  • Welfare State
  • Housing
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    The HIVA survey staff can be contacted for the collection and processing of quantitative research data.

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