Office Days: Monday - Friday
Please contact via email to schedule an appointment.
Dr. Ward Vloeberghs has a study background in Arab & Islamic Studies. This curriculum took him from Leuven (Belgium) via Germany and Cairo to Beirut. In Lebanon, he completed a degree in Political Science that led him back to Belgium (where he was born in 1979) to complete a PhD project on the political dimensions of religious architecture in contemporary Lebanon (published as a book in 2015).
As a political scientist specialising in the Middle East and North Africa, Ward has travelled extensively throughout the region since the early 2000’s. Over time, he became fascinated with the people and the societies he encountered and has taken special interest in the ways they perform and visualise power. His work is rooted in a political sociology perspective, often with a special interest for political change, socio-economic development or civil resistance in the Arab world.
In 2010, Ward integrated a Moroccan start-up college (Ecole de Gouvernance et d’Economie) in Rabat, as a Lecturer in Political Science & International Relations. He taught there until 2014. During this period, he enjoyed hiking in the stunning nature of remote Moroccan mountain ranges (Jbel Bou Iblane, Siroua, Mgoun) while he also witnessed the arrival of the tramway in Rabat and Casablanca. Ward worked at the International Institute of Social Studies in The Hague for one year (2014-2015) before he joined EUC. He likes fish.
Why do you work at EUC?
I work at EUC because I enjoy being at the heart of the fascinating city that Rotterdam is. I value the dynamism of this place and the fact that I can discuss any issue -ordinary or complex- with colleagues from all over the world and from all disciplinary fields. In practice, that means above all: good food and good humor.
Political Institutions & Public Governance