Research group at imec & Vrije Universiteit Brussel

Cora van Leeuwen


Personal Description

Cora van Leeuwen is a doctoral candidate at imec-SMIT-VUB within the SBO Digital Ageing. She started at SMIT in 2018 working for the ProACT study. This H2020 project researched the possibilities of digital health solutions for older adults with multiple chronic conditions. In december 2019 she joined the Kennis Centrum Data en Maatschappij to examine algorithms and explainablity. In October 2020 she started on her PhD and will especially focus on Ageism as a barrier to digital inclusion.

In September 2006 she obtained a Master of Arts in English Language and Culture at the Vrije Universiteit of Amsterdam with a focus on Postcolonial Literature. After several years of wandering Europe while working she decided that it was time to set out on a new path. This decision resulted in a Master of Science in Communication Studies (with Great Distinction) at the Vrije Universiteit Brussels. The focus of her studies were on the impact of users on innovation and the issues surrounding privacy and censorship. Her thesis investigated if ageism is encountered in Flemish and Dutch Fall Prevention Videos.