In 2003 Dorien obtained her master’s degree in Communication Studies at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel with a thesis concerning the implementation and use of ICTs for development. After her studies she traveled to Africa to work for a non-profit organization on a project concerning food security. Since 2005 Dorien has been a researcher at SMIT where she has been involved in several interdisciplinary user-oriented 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. Currently Dorien is working on a joint South African – Belgian research project and she is writing a Ph.D. on the use and effectiveness of digital campaigns for health promotion purposes. More in specific, she focuses on the opportunities of online networks and discussion forums for primary HIV and AIDS prevention. Dorien’s research interests are situated in the field of communication for social change, ICT for development (ICT4D), health communication, online ethnography, online participatory communication, and e-learning.