My primary research interests include language testing for migration purposes and for the purpose of university admission. In my research I focus on the impact of language (testing) policies and on the use and misuse of language tests. I have been a visiting scholar at Georgetown University and the University of Melbourne.
Prior to starting an academic career I worked as a language tutor and as a language policy officer. Since the connection between research, practice and policy remains very important to me, my research engages with real-world problems. I offer research-based language policy recommendations and consultancy to local, national and supranational organizations.
Currently, I am mainly working on the impact of language tests in migration and integration policies on migrants who have had little or no access to formal education.
Editorial board member
Guest editor: Language Assessment Quarterly
Scientific advisor and policy advice
Cabinet of Bart Somers, Flemish secretary of home affairs, civil service, integration and citizenship (2019 - )
Council of Europe
Ministerium der Deutschsprachigen Gemeinschaft (2018 - 20)
Nederlandse Taalunie (2012 -)
SELOR / FOD BoSa (2015 – 2016)
Science popularization and outreach