Dr. Dorien Baelden
Dorien graduated in 2003 at the department of Communication Studies of the VUB and joined SMIT in 2005 where she has been involved in several (bilateral) research projects. From 2006 to 2008 she combined her research activities at SMIT with research activities for Close the Gap, an international non-profit organization that helps to bridge the digital divide. In March 2013 she successfully defended her doctoral dissertation on the use of new technologies for HIV prevention. Dorien’s research interests are situated in the field of social media and privacy, digital literacy, ICT4D, and health communication.