Joeri Minnen

Joeri Minnen
Vrije Universiteit Brussel | VUB · Sociology (SOCI)

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Additional affiliations
January 2015 - present
Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Position
  • Researcher-Entrepeneur
Description
  • The goal is to establish an SME based on the software called MOTUS and combines survey research (opinion) and time diary research (behavior). The software is CSM-build.
October 2002 - December 2014
Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Position
  • Senior Researcher

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Publications (95)
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Time-use surveys are internationally highly valued methods for capturing daily behaviour. Their combination of questionnaires and paper-and-pencil time-diaries (among others in Europe) or telephone interview yesterday- method (in USA) through which respondents (re)construct their daily activities (i.e. what and when) together with contextual inform...
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The interdisciplinary Time Use Observatory workshops learned that transportation research and social sciences strive for the same multi-day time-diary data in order to make interferences about human habitual (travel) behavior. It also is learned that when it comes to the mathematics and analytics involved both disciplines are miles apart, though bo...
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The question when people work is almost always reduced to the question how much people work on (non-)standard working hours. In this contribution, we applied optimal matching techniques using Belgian data from a weekly work grid (n 1⁄4 6330) to identify individuals’ work timing patterns, offering a richer analyt- ical approach than most previous st...
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The MOTUS software platform is since 2012 in continuous development by the Research Group TOR (Tempus Omnia Revelat) in response to a general trend in which the combination of high processing costs and on-going cuts in research funding jeopardizes the future of time-use research and other dairy-based surveys. With MOTUS, not only the costs should b...
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Like other surveys, time use surveys are facing declining response rates. At the same time paper-and-pencil surveys are increasingly replaced by online surveys. Both the declining response rates and the shift to online research are expected to have an impact on the representativeness of survey data questioning whether they are still the most suitab...
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Previous research has shown that a prolonged recall period is associated with lower data quality in time-diary research. In these studies, the recall period is roughly estimated on the basis of the period between the assigned diary day and the agreed collection day. Because this is so rudimentary, little is known about the duration of the mean reca...
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Due to the diversification and fragmentation of working time arrangements, the organisation of working weeks now differ substantially from each other. To account for week-to-week variability in working time estimates in time diary research, it is important that respondents keep their time diaries on designated registration days. At the same time, t...
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Studies that analyse people's perceptions of their living environment as an explanatory factor for residential mobility are scarce at best. The study presented in this article addresses this deficit by investigating how people's perceptions of cities as living environments influence their relocation behaviour within metropolitan areas. After gather...
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ct Background Supervisor support is crucial for the successful and timely completion of the PhD and the largest contributor to PhD students’ overall job satisfaction. The COVID-19 pandemic affected PhD students’ life substantially through delayed experiments, missed timelines, running out of funding, change to online team- and supervisor meetings...
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Active participation of the elderly is a recognized response to address the societal and individual challenges of rising life expectancy such as releasing the pressure of age-related public spending, reducing social isolation and improving well-being. How much time older people devote to active participation and whether their time allocation is ass...
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Background The increasing availability of data on social contact patterns and time use provides invaluable information for studying transmission dynamics of infectious diseases. Social contact data provide information on the interaction of people in a population whereas the value of time use data lies in the quantification of exposure patterns. Bot...
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How teachers spend their working time is crucial for the quality of teaching and teachers' well-being. For this reason, teacher surveys generally measure the number of hours worked. By comparing estimates from survey questions and time-diaries, we argue that commonly used survey methods are prone to bias. We use results of a unique, large-scale stu...
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The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the division of household labour could continue to lock down or start to break gender roles. Using time-use data of n = 473 individuals collected during the lockdown restrictions in Belgium from March to May 2020, we analyse the gendered division of routine and non-routine household labour in absolute time use...
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The RenovActive renovation concept seeks to offer healthy, affordable, easy to reproduce, scalable solutions for the existing building stock of European housing. The concept was developed and tested in a prototype phase, where 7 principles have been applied to a semidetached house built in the 1920s, situated in a garden city in Brussels. The renov...
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A weeklong diary study (N = 460) into the exposure to news of Belgian (Flemish) adult media users (aged 25–45) shows that their information consumption is currently relatively diverse. An explanation for the observed diversity is that news consumers in dutch-speaking Belgium have a wide array of internally balanced news titles and channels at their...
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This renovation concept seeks to offer healthy, affordable, easy to reproduce, scalable solutions for the existing building stock of European housing. The concept was developed and tested in a prototype phase, where 7 principles have been applied to a semidetached house built in 1920s, situated in a garden city in Brussels. The prototype was now oc...
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In 2020 organiseerde de Researcher Training & Development Office, in samenwerking met onderzoeksgroep TOR van de Vrije Universiteit Brussel voor de vierde keer een survey om de werkcondities en -tevredenheid van PhD studenten aan de VUB te meten. Deze studie had twee doelen: 1) meer inzicht verwerven in de behoeften van PhD studenten en meten in we...
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This report discusses the sociological monitoring of the family that lives in the Renovactive House. In 2013, a social rental home was selected in the quartier Bon Air in Anderlecht, Brussels, which was subsequently renovated (the Renovactive House). This renovation should lead to an optimal use of daylight and natural ventilation. For this, the ho...
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During a period of 15 months, the research groups of the ULB, USL and the VUB (Research Group TOR) studied the pedestrian zone in Brussels. The objective was to study the impact of the pedestrian zone of Anspach Boulevard on the lifestyle of users and former users. This research was carried out thanks to the Forum Vies Mobiles and the Brussels Stud...
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The 2020 edition of the annual PhD survey is the third edition for which PhD candidates of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel were invited to participate. This study is prepared by the research group Tempus Omnia Revelat (TOR), assigned by and in close collaboration with the Researcher Training & Development Office (RTDO) of the Vice-rectorate Research...
Technical Report
In het voorjaar van 2019 organiseerde de onderzoeksgroep TOR een grote surveybevraging bij 10.000 (ex-)Brusselaars omtrent hun verhuismotieven. Deze survey vond plaats binnen het kader van het BRUXODUS-project, een project dat gefinancierd wordt door Innoviris binnen het ANTICIPATE-programma. Een representatief staal van 10.000 (ex-)Brusselaars tu...
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Background: Regular physical activity decreases the risk for numerous non-communicable diseases. The World Health Organization has suggested physical activity (PA) guidelines that, based on previous research, would provide health benefits to those who comply. The first guideline for health benefits suggests 150 min of moderate PA or equivalent per...
Technical Report
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From May 16 until the first of July 2019, the Research Group TOR – Department of sociology (VUB), organized a research project allowing the PhD candidates of the VUB to evaluate their research trajectory. This study is part of a longitudinal research project and was the third repetition of the survey, after the editions of 2017 and 2018. This repo...
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In 2017, the Researcher Training & Development Office (RTDO) of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) organized a pilot study to measure the working conditions and job satisfaction of PhD candidates enrolled at the VUB. Two goals were central in this study. Firstly, the RTDO aimed at gaining more insight into the needs of the PhD candidates and want...
Technical Report
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In opdracht van de Minister van Onderwijs Hilde Crevits onderzocht de onderzoeksgroep TOR van de Vrije Universiteit Brussel de tijdsbesteding en taakbelasting van Vlaamse leraren. 9.596 leraren uit het basis-en secundair onderwijs hielden hiervoor gedurende een week hun tijdsbesteding bij via de MOTUS-app. Geprojecteerd op een volledig kalenderjaar...
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In opdracht van de Minister van Onderwijs Hilde Crevits onderzocht de onderzoeksgroep TOR van de Vrije Universiteit Brussel de tijdsbesteding en taakbelasting van Vlaamse leraren. 9.596 leraren uit het basis- en secundair onderwijs hielden hiervoor gedurende een week hun tijdsbesteding bij via de MOTUS-app. Geprojecteerd op een volledig kalenderjaa...
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In opdracht van de Minister van Onderwijs Hilde Crevits onderzocht de onderzoeksgroep TOR van de Vrije Universiteit Brussel de tijdsbesteding en taakbelasting van Vlaamse leraren. 9.596 leraren uit het basis- en secundair onderwijs hielden hiervoor gedurende een week hun tijdsbesteding bij via de MOTUS-app. Geprojecteerd op een volledig kalenderjaa...
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Research from recent years reports that physical inactivity is a major risk factor for global mortality. Several societal trends in the last decades are likely to have contributed to the increasing prevalence of sedentary lifestyles. Physical activity throughout the day has become much less self-evident and much more a matter of personal effort. It...
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In 2017, the Central PhD office of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) organised a pilot study at several faculties to measure the working conditions and overall satisfaction of the PhD candidates. Together with the participating Doctoral Schools and faculties, the Central PhD office aimed at gaining more insight into the needs of the PhD candidat...
Technical Report
From 10 May to 30 June 2017, the Research Group TOR – Department of Sociology organised a research project allowing PhD-students to evaluate their PhD-trajectories. This project was called the PhD-survey. This report describes the technical details of this survey. Chapter 1 describes the organisation of the fieldwork. In chapter 2, the response ra...
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In 2017, the Central PhD Office of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) organized a pilot study at several faculties to measure the working conditions of the PhD candidates. Together with the par-ticipating Doctoral Schools and participating faculties, the Central PhD Office aimed at gaining more insight into the needs of the PhD candidates and to...
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Everyday life is neither the result of mundane, common-sense, habitual human behaviour as theorized by the agency-centred approach of methodological individualism nor the sheer result of the conformation to temporal norms of the structural approach of social holism. In fact, everyday life is marked by a rhythmic, temporal structure that is brought...
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Contemporary fatherhood comprises active parenting: emotional involvement and more time spent on parenting activities. The latter is often explained by fathers’ response to a higher demand for childcare as the result of mothers’ employment schedules. Whereas time-use surveys are widely used to analyze fathers’ parenting time, only a few studies ful...
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In deze nota belichten we sociologisch interessante verschillen in sportparticipatie. We gaan dieper in op verschillen naar geslacht, leeftijd, gezinssituatie, opleidingsniveau, armoederisico en arbeidspositie. Voor de beroepsactieve bevolking bekijken we of we verschillen in sportparticipatie zien naargelang de uurrooster waarin men werkt. We make...
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Deze tekst geeft een globale beschrijving van de tijdsbesteding van de Belgen, anno 2013. Het tijdsbestedingsonderzoek 2013 (TBO’13) werd uitgevoerd door de Algemene Directie Statistiek – Statistics Belgium (AD Statistiek) van de FOD Economie. Gelijkaardig tijdsbestedingsonderzoek werd uitgevoerd in 1999 (TBO’99) en in 2005 (TBO’05). AD Statistiek...
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Het is een veel gehoord dagelijks tijdsprobleem: we hebben het druk en enkel een flexibele omgang met de tijd maakt dat we ons hoofd boven water kunnen houden. De 24 uurs economie doet ons werken op niet-standaard werktijden, er is minder tijd voor collectieve maaltijden en de nacht wordt gekoloniseerd door werk of uitgesteld kijken naar de TV. Met...
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On entend souvent parler du problème de temps au quotidien : nous menons un rythme de vie effréné et seule une gestion plus flexible du temps nous permet de garder la tête hors de l'eau. Notre économie tournant 24 heures sur 24 nous contraint à travailler selon des horaires non conventionnels et à consacrer moins de temps aux repas collectifs, tand...
Technical Report
In 1999 and 2004 the Research Group TOR performed a time-use study. These studies were, for the first time in the history of Flemish time-use research, a chance to study changes in time-use of people living in Flanders. The Research Group TOR decided to repeat this study every five year. To maintain that goal, funding for time-use research was need...
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Research on the combination of work and family life and how this differs for men an women has been subject to three important developments over the last decade: (1) demographic trends including the increase in ‘new’ forms of cohabiting and evolutions in women’s labour market participation, (2) methodological innovations in measuring time-use and ti...
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Time-use research often requires great effort of the participants and is more expensive than conventional data collection techniques. These two factors inhibit the adoption of this specific form of research. To resolve these issues, the Research Group TOR is in the process of translating the classic pen-and-paper research to an online registration...
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Onderzoek naar de verdeling van arbeids- en gezinstaken tussen mannen en vrouwen is de afgelopen 10 jaar onderhevig geweest aan drie belangrijke ont- wikkelingen. Naast demografische trends waaronder toenemende ‘nieuwe’ vor- men van samenleven en evoluties in de arbeidsmarktdeelname van vrouwen, zijn er methodologische vernieuwingen die het meten v...
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In the last 15 years an increasing number of studies argued that the disutility that we usually attach to travel can be reduced by attributing useful or enjoyable activities to journeys. Multitasking while travelling may fundamentally change the way travel time is valued in the assessment of transport projects and policies. While conventional trave...
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Disruptions in public transport may have a significant impact on the travel behaviour of passengers especially for those who have no access to other modes of transport. In this paper, we investigate the impact of a one-day preannounced national general strike in Belgium on the travel behaviour of residents of the Flanders region. Our aim was to det...
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One of the most fundamental, but also controversial, food trends of the past years is convenience food. This article investigates the underexplored relationship between the heterogeneity in (convenience) food consumption (a feature of a food culture's cuisine) and meal patterns (characteristics of a food culture's structure). This study hopes to il...
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In psychiatry, the social zeitgeber theory argues that social life provides important social cues that entrain circadian rhythms. Disturbance of these social cues might lead do dis-entrainment of circadian rhythms and evoke somatic symptoms that increase the risk of mood disorders. In preventing and treating patients with bipolar disorders, the Int...
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User behaviour plays a key role in the energy demand of residential buildings, and its importance will only increase when moving towards nearly Zero-Energy homes. However, little detailed information is available on how users interact with their homes. Due to the lack of information, user behaviour is often included in building performance simulati...
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User behaviour plays a key role in the energy demand of residential buildings, and its importance will only increase when moving towards nearly Zero-Energy homes. However, little detailed information is avail-able on how users interact with their homes. Due to the lack of infor-mation, user behaviour is often included in building performance sim-ul...
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In recent years, there has been a growing interest among urban and transport planners in the accessibility levels of different societal groups within an urban region. The interest stems in part from the concern that inadequate spatial and temporal planning may foster social exclusion by giving rise to accessibility limitations that bear disproporti...
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Paid work is assumed to have a latent function of creating regular activity. This contribution investigates whether this regularity creating mechanism of paid work passes over to other activities as well. We introduce an indicator of daily routine that allows us to express what percentage of time spent on different activities is done so every day a...
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Cet article étudie les emplois du temps respectifs des femmes et des hommes en Belgique, et pose la question de leur convergence. L'accent est mis sur la répartition de la charge de travail, à savoir le travail rémunéré, le travail ménager et les soins et l'éducation des enfants. Nous avons constaté une tendance vers une répartition de plus en plus...
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During the French Revolution and inspired by the Enlightenment, an attempt was made to replace the Gregorian calendar (which was based on ‘irrational’ overlapping cycles linked to religious celebrations) by the Republican calendar (which was based on ‘rational’ clearly nested cycles in accordance with the metric system). Although the starting point...
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User behaviour plays a key role in the energy demand of residential buildings, and its importance will only increase when moving towards nearly-zero-homes. However, little information is available on how users interact with their homes. Due to the lack of informa-tion, user behaviour is often included in building per-formance simulations through on...
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Healthy sleep habits include sufficient sleep, regular bedtimes and established sleep routines. The responsibilities of paid and unpaid work that arise during the daytime are assumed to haunt us at night as well, eventually affecting these sleep habits. A long-term comparison of sleep duration from 1966 and 1999 time-diary data shows that sleep dur...