Promotor: Prof Francis Maes (Ghent University, Faculty of Arts & Philosophy, Department of Art, Music and Theatre Sciences)


  • Dr An de Bisschop (Ghent University of Applied Sciences and Arts, School of Arts)
  • Prof Dr Luc Nijs (Ghent University & University of Luxemburg)
  • Drs Filip Verneert (Luca School of Arts, KU Leuven) - from 2023 on
  • Prof Dr Lukas Pairon (Chair holder)

Dr. An De bisschop - an.debisschop@hogent.be

Lecturer Arts Education in the Educational Masters in the Arts, School of Arts - Royal Conservatory Ghent. She teaches a.o. social-artistic practices to educational master's in music, and is chief investigator (CI) for Belgium for the Research project Music for Social Impact: practitioners' Contexts, Work and Beliefs, the AHRC and SIMM funded international research cooperation (University of Applied Sciences and Arts Ghent, Guildhall School of Music & Drama, Sibelius Academy UIArts Helsinki, Royal Holloway University of London, Fundacion Universitaria Juan N. Corpas, Bogota).

Prof. Dr. Luc Nijs - luc.nijs@ugent.be / luc.nijs@uni.lu

Musician, educator, and researcher, Dr. Nijs is affiliated as Associate Professor in Early Childhood Music Education to the University of Luxemburg, and also affiliated to IPEM at Ghent University, as Visiting Professor. Previously, he was affiliated to IPEM (Ghent University) as PhD student and postdoc, and to the Royal Conservatoire Antwerp as PhD student in the arts. His research integrates theory development, empirical studies and practice, focusing on the musician ‐ instrument relationship, on the role of body movement in the instrumental learning processes and on the role of technology in provoking an embodied approach to instrumental music education. He guides MA and PhD students on the social impact of music making and is coordinator of the Creative Europe project "Resilience in Resonance. Teaching children at risk to play an instrument through music and motion".

Prof. Dr. Lukas Pairon - lukas.pairon@cesamm.eu

After his master's in politics of education (Université Paris VIII), he worked several years as a young researcher in the field of adult education at UNESCO (Paris) and later at the Ministry of Culture of the French-speaking Community of Belgium (Brussels). At the age of 27, he became the artistic director of the contemporary music and dance programs of the Flanders Festival. Later, he created and directed the production house for contemporary music theatre Walpurgis. In 1994 he co-founded the now famous contemporary music ensemble Ictus and was its general director until the end of 2012. In 2005 he founded the philanthropic organization Music Fund, which works with music schools in the Middle East, Africa, and Caribbean. Since 2012, he did a PhD study in Kinshasa (DR Congo) for the University of Ghent (Faculty Political and Social Sciences) on the possible significance of certain musical practices for young people living in violent surroundings. Since 2015 he developed and directs the international research platform on the social impact of making music (SIMM).