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After having obtained a master in sociology at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (2005 - ULB), Laurie gained an advanced master’s degree in “Quantitative analysis in social sciences” in 2008 (Kubrussel/ Kuleuven). Two years later, she completed her doctoral thesis at the ULB (funded by the National Fund for the Scientific Research). Her PhD research focused on the profile of visitors of modern and contemporary art museums in Belgium.
Her main fields of interest are sociology of culture and art as well as social sciences methodology. She has collaborated with the Observatory of Cultural Policies of the Wallonia-Brussels Federation (Belgium) in order to treat data about cultural participation in this part of the country. She has also worked on themes such as ethnicity, intergroups relations and immigration and on the operationalisation of these concepts in empirical research. She helped, for instance, develop a feasibility study on a tolerance barometer for the Centre for Equal Opportunities and Opposition to Racism and for the Equal Opportunities Minister.