Steven has a PhD in Human Kinesiology (Human movement science – University of Leuven) and holds a master’s degree in Social Psychology (University of Leuven). He is a full professor (Chair Design and Analysis of Intelligent Systems for Vitality and Leisure Time Sports) at the Department of Industrial Design at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) and head of research (Chair Move to Be at the School of Sports Studies, Fontys University of Applied Sciences..
Before that, he worked (1999-2005) as a senior research associate at the Research Institute for Work and Society (University of Leuven). His main research topics included socio-economic evaluations of policy measures for sustainable integration into employment. In 2005 he joined the Office for Accessibility, and later on The Flemish Expert Centre for Accessibility, a spin-off. As research & development manager he was responsible for (inter)national research projects regarding accessibility and usability for the elderly and universal design of products and services. He had an active role in a number of European projects and networks. In 2008 he joined the Policy in Sports and Physical Activity Research Group (University of Leuven) where he studied (both form a socio-economic and a behavioural perspective) mass sport participation and sport provision at the grassroots level.
His main area of work is in (i) profiling people (during physical activity and/or sports participation) in different settings, such as children in schools during PE-lessons or at play grounds, participants in running events and/or while running in daily urban areas, people at work, elderly, etc.), (ii) designing tailored services and products to improve physical activity, pleasure and vitality, and (iii) evaluating the effectiveness, efficiency and impact of these social and/or technical innovations. With his multidisciplinary research he wants to contribute to the design of smart solutions for vital and (sports) active people, taking into account individual, social and environmental factors.
Steven has extensive experience in (public) policy evaluation research, both at the national and the EU level, and was involved in several EU-projects. He has (co)-authored a considerable number of articles in peer reviewed international journals, books, and (policy) research reports. He is co-editor of the ‘Social scientific research in sports & physical activity book series’ and the ‘Sport policy & management report series’. He is one of the co-authors of the ‘Dutch National knowledge agenda sport and exercise: From the steps to the podium’ which was published in Spring 2016. He is a reviewer for a number of international journals, is a board member of several organizations and was a member of a number of educational and research audit committees. Recreational running and cycling are his favourite leisure time activities, although injuries and work often put limitations on his ambitions to be sports active.