Principal Adviser on European Social Policy

Patrick Develtere is Principal Adviser for European Social Policy at the European Political Strategy Centre (EPSC), the in-house think tank of the European Commission. Before joining the EPSC, he was the President of the Belgian Christian Workers’ Movement (Beweging.net). Beweging.net is one of the largest civil society networks in Belgium with over 4.5 million members and over 250,000 volunteers involved in trade union, mutual society and other civil association activities. Patrick also teaches ‘politics and society in developing countries’ and ‘international development cooperation’ at the University of Leuven, Belgium. Earlier, he was the Director of HIVA, Research Institute for Work and Society of the same university.

Patrick has a PhD in Social Sciences and has been a visiting professor at the University of Saskatoon (UoS - Canada), the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM - Canada) and the Université de Kinshasa (UNIKIN - DRCongo) among others. From 2010 to 2017 he was a member of the Board of the European Social Observatory.

Career Highlights

  • President, Belgian Christian Workers' Movement, 2010-2017
  • Director, HIVA – Research Institute for Work and Society (KU Leuven), 2007-2010

Academic Highlights

  • PhD in Social Sciences, KU Leuven (Belgium), 1994