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Researcher

Caroline Masquillier

  • Research interest:Caroline Masquillier has been working as a sociologist at the University of Antwerp, Belgium, for several years in collaboration with African partners. Her main research interests are related to the sociology of health and illness and she is particularly interested in the social aspects of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Sub-Saharan Africa. For her PhD research she received the Prize of the Scientific Foundation of the Royal Flemish Academy of Science and Arts(http://www.kvab.be/prijzen/prijs-van-de-vlaamse-wetenschappelijke-stichting).During her PhD research, she conducted fieldwork in townships on the outskirts of Cape Town, South Africa, in order to shed light on the role of household dynamics in community-based HIV care. Furthermore, she conducted a Photovoice study on social inclusion of children with special needs in Uganda. Currently, she is a FWO post-doc fellow at the University of Antwerp (Center for Population, Family and Health). During this post-doc fellowship, she is performing a cluster randomized controlled trial on an HIV household Competent intervention for people living with HIV in South Africa together with partners of the University of the Western Cape.As a passion project, she is starting up Field. This creative science communication platform helps scientists of all domains to communicate their research results and the value of their work in an engaging and creative way. For her project Field., Caroline received a Vocatio prize in 2017 (http://www.vocatio.be/nl/laureats/caroline-masquillier/) and the year Prize for Science Communication of the Scientific Foundation of the Royal Flemish Academy of Science and Arts in 2018.
  • Keywords:SOUTH AFRICA, HIV, COMMUNITY BASED CARE, Political and social sciences
  • Disciplines:Sociology of health
  • Research techniques:Qualitative research in difficult circumstances: in-depth interviews, participant observations and focus group discussionsQuantitative research: Structural Equation Modelling
  • Users of research expertise:Fellow researchers and the broad audience who would like to know more about science via creative science communication