Prof. Dr. Caroline Pauwels, Director iMinds-SMIT, Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Prof. Dr. Karen Donders, Senior Researcher iMinds-SMIT, Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Mr. Hans De Canck, Research & Project Manager iMinds-SMIT, Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Ms. Evelien Rooms, Communication, iMinds-SMIT, Vrije Universiteit Brussel
SMIT stands for Studies on Media, Information and Telecommunication. The research centre, founded in 1990 at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), is part of iMinds, an independent research institute founded by the Flemish government to stimulate ICT innovation. SMIT specializes in social scientific research on media and ICT, with an emphasis on innovation, policy and socio-economic questions. Currently, the research center consists of over 60 researchers. SMIT research combines user, policy and business analysis with both quantitative and qualitative research methodologies. In order to develop new methodological tools, a continuing dialectic between theory and empirical research is one of the centre’s high-level objectives. Three methodologies have become the core of SMIT’s research agenda: user research, policy analysis and business modelling. Together with research center MICT (UGent), SMIT forms (and leads) the iMinds’ research department Digital Society.