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See detailGovernance in Japan and Belgium: Building on Experiments with Technology Assessment and TA-like Activities
Van Oudheusden, Michiel ULg; Yoshizawa, Go

Poster (2013, July 15)

This poster presents a bilateral Belgian-Japanese research study that probes the direction and quality of science and technology governance within the context of new knowledge production and responsible ... [more ▼]

This poster presents a bilateral Belgian-Japanese research study that probes the direction and quality of science and technology governance within the context of new knowledge production and responsible innovation. Drawing on recent experiences with technology assessment (TA) and TA-like activities in the regions of Flanders and Wallonia (Belgium) and the country of Japan, it asks how future-oriented science and technology governance processes are locally enacted and how they compare. Four research objectives are discerned: 1. To describe how TA concepts and practices, as well as related TA activities, have emerged in Japan, Wallonia, and Flanders since the 1960s-70s, and in what particular forms. 2. To describe how TA has evolved with, sustained, and/or countered, science, technology, and innovation policies on the regional, national, and international level. 3. To compare and contrast how TA is, or is not, institutionalized in the countries and regions, notably by taking into account initiatives to initiate or abolish parliamentary TA forms. 4. To situate the processes that are discerned through empirical analysis within a broader theory of, and movement towards anticipatory governance, and to assess the potential of TA of enhancing novel governance forms. The poster situates science, technology, and innovation policies in Japan and Belgium within the global shift towards a knowledge-based economy and the emergence of new science policy regimes, such as “strategic science” (Rip, 2002). Building on several TA case examples, it explains how the need for TA in science and technology emerges and is developed within distinctly different innovation contexts. The poster describes the project’s methodologies, working plan, and expected results, and provides suggestions for rendering comparative TA analysis useful to science policymakers and innovation actors, as well as to science and technology studies scholars. [less ▲]

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See detailThe Governance of Fair Trade Organizations. A Focus on Stakeholders' Representation
Huybrechts, Benjamin ULg

in HEC Working Paper (2007), 200706/02

This article analyzes the governance structures of Fair Trade Organizations (FTOs), i.e. the organizations (nonprofit, co-operative or for-profit firms) exclusively dedicated to the import, distribution ... [more ▼]

This article analyzes the governance structures of Fair Trade Organizations (FTOs), i.e. the organizations (nonprofit, co-operative or for-profit firms) exclusively dedicated to the import, distribution and/or labeling of Fair Trade products. Among the possible governance issues, I have chosen to investigate a recent topic in the study of social enterprises: the involvement of different stakeholder groups on the Board of Directors. The goals of this article are (1) to analyze to what extent FTOs involve different stakeholders on their boards and (2) to propose some possible factors that could determine the extent of such involvement. In order to investigate these questions, I study the organizations of the Fair Trade sector in Belgium, a country that seems representative of the European Fair Trade sector. Despite a number of methodological limitations, the results show that the legal status and the goal and resource mixes have an influence on stakeholders’ representation on the board. This influence is rather observable in terms of dominance (which types of stakeholders dominate the board?) than in terms of dispersion (how many different types of stakeholders are represented?). The article ends with a proposition of typology of FTOs according to their positioning in terms of both stakeholders’ representation and goal and resource mixes. [less ▲]

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See detailThe governance of fair trade social enterprises in Belgium
Huybrechts, Benjamin ULg

in Social Enterprise Journal (2010), 6(2), 110-124

Purpose – This article addresses the governance of “Fair Trade Social Enterprises” (FTSEs), i.e., the organisations exclusively dedicated to the import, distribution and/or labelling of fairly traded ... [more ▼]

Purpose – This article addresses the governance of “Fair Trade Social Enterprises” (FTSEs), i.e., the organisations exclusively dedicated to the import, distribution and/or labelling of fairly traded products. The aims are (1) to describe and categorise the types of persons and stakeholder groups represented in FTSEs’ governance structures and (2) to look at the link between stakeholder involvement and other organisational features such as resources, goals and activities. Design/methodology/approach – These questions are investigated through a qualitative field study based on face-to-face interviews with the managers of 15 Belgian FTSEs. Findings – I distinguish three governance models each entailing different governance paradigms: the managerial model, the volunteer-based model and the multi-stakeholder model. In the three governance models, it is possible to link, to a certain extent, the composition of the governance structures, the access to resources and the goal priorities regarding the different dimensions of the FT activity. In brief, governance appears as an organisational entry revealing much information about the vision and the strategy of the FTSEs. Research limitations/implications – This study is limited to Belgian FTSEs and must be considered as one of the first attempts in characterising the specific features and challenges of organisational governance in the FT context. International comparative studies exploring FTSE’s governance in a more longitudinal perspective, combining the standpoints of diverse organisational actors, would be most welcome in the future. Originality/value – As this article shows, the multidimensional nature of FT and the coexistence of different types of FTSEs in the same country make this a very interesting field to investigate the challenges of governance in social enterprises. Social enterprises and those researching them should pay more attention to the importance of adopting and conceiving governance schemes that are adapted to their multiple missions and enable the access to multiple resources. [less ▲]

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See detailThe Governance of Mixed Companies: Policy Implications for Local Governments
Marra, A; Cruz, N.F.; Marques, R.C. et al

in Annals of Public and Cooperative Economics (2014), 85(1), 1-164

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See detailGoverning biodiversity
Mougenot, Catherine ULg; Mormont, Marc ULg

in International Journal of Environment and Pollution (1999), 12(4), 78-99

he hypothesis of this paper is that the value conferred on nature designates both the ''objects of nature'' that are the subject of consideration, and the human beings for whom they are intended or who ... [more ▼]

he hypothesis of this paper is that the value conferred on nature designates both the ''objects of nature'' that are the subject of consideration, and the human beings for whom they are intended or who are responsible for them. These designation processes are dynamic and linked, but also interdependent. In order to examine these processes more closely, we make use of the concept of network, which integrates the action of different players in their specific world, as well as ''objects'' that can be as different as scientific nomenclatures, available sites, management plans, funds, etc. In other words, protection practices link up different universes, scientific models and practices, institutional practices, nature conservation practices and, finally, the evolution of species and natural sites that are not passive entities. The fact that we speak of ''socio-natural'' networks indicates that nature conservation is ''based'' on chains of equivalences that integrate these different players and universes. The processes are dynamic ones. The paper therefore examines how they can be stabilised or expanded, and also how they can be transformed in a much more radical manner. The study is applied to the Walloon Region (in Belgium). The paper first looks at what could be considered as the ''classical nature conservation network'', and then examines how it is called to evolve. The fact is that contemporary situations lead us to take account of different types of networks for conserving and maintaining nature. These are compared, and the paper examines how each of them attempts to take account of the increasingly complex and also increasingly open concept of biodiversity. This perspective of networking also leads us to conclude that none of these networks (scientific, economic, legislative, institutional, etc.) that go to make up nature conservation is capable on its own of giving value to nature. This is acquired - or not - only by building a hybrid chain that cuts across or integrates these different worlds. [less ▲]

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See detailGoverning food security globally - stakeholders` opinions
Paveliuc Olariu, Codrin ULg

Scientific conference (2013, April 27)

While more than 850 million people are starving (FAO, 2012) around the world, agricultural production grew at about 2.3% per year in the past 50 years and access to food increased with an even higher rate ... [more ▼]

While more than 850 million people are starving (FAO, 2012) around the world, agricultural production grew at about 2.3% per year in the past 50 years and access to food increased with an even higher rate. By 2012, almost 65% of all implemented agricultural policies (focused at national, regional and global level) that have a reference on food security only aim on solving present day crisis, without integrating policies for preventing future ones. While the League of Arab States (LAS) called for an integrated Arab approach to agricultural policy to the Arab Organization for Agricultural Development (AOAD), the League of African Nations did not yet agree on common objectives in matters regarding agriculture and rural development despite AGRA Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa, a network of US based iNGOs` who`s board is chaired by Kofi Annan, former Secretary General of the United Nations, took on the challenge of reforming this continent`s agriculture. Although the European Union has the Common Agricultural Policy that works on a 7 years framework with a wide budgetary support from the European Commission and all 27 Member States and China has an agricultural policy working under the ridged 5-years system, food security and food quality are becoming the main concerns in the world leaders minds with the population reaching 7 billion on October 31st 2011 and resources becoming scarce. This paper analyses the stakeholders` opinions on the possibility of changing the policy instruments status quo that would enable a coherent exchange of good practices and information throughout the world to a global approach to food security and food quality that is necessary for overcoming problems like famine in Africa, obesity in North America and high risk and vulnerability for human health and the environment. The key questions that are answered in this paper are: What are the common elements of agricultural policies with regional reach that can constitute objectives for a Global Agricultural Policy (GAP)? Which organization could manage a GAP and what would be its main driving mechanisms? What kind of impact would have a global mechanism in agriculture and rural development acting at different levels? What are the determinants for the successful creation and implementation of a GAP? [less ▲]

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See detailGoverning Parameters of Long-Range Intramolecular S‑to‑N Acyl Transfers within (S)‑Acyl Isopeptides
Monbaliu, Jean-Christophe ULg; Dive, Georges ULg; Stevens, Christian et al

in Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation (2013), 9(2), 927934

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See detailGovernment Debt Denomination Policies Before and After the EMU Advent
Hübner, Georges ULg; Joliet, Robert

in Open Economies Review (2013), 24

Through a cost-minimizing approach, this paper derives joint indicators to assess the efficiency of the mix of sovereign debt currencies between the countries belonging to the European Monetary Union (EMU ... [more ▼]

Through a cost-minimizing approach, this paper derives joint indicators to assess the efficiency of the mix of sovereign debt currencies between the countries belonging to the European Monetary Union (EMU). This theoretical insight enables us to explain why and how the introduction of the euro and the adoption of a common monetary policy may have led to significant changes in debt structure among EMU members, notably in favor of further euro-denominated debt. The interplay of intrinsic and strategic variables yields stylized facts that are consistent with country-specific empirical evidence. Following the sovereign debt crisis, we further emphasize the value-added of a coordinated debt issuance policy among EMU countries. [less ▲]

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See detailGP’s engagement in detecting and managing abuse of alcohol, illegal drugs, hypnotics and tranquilizers in the Belgian adult population
Ketterer, Frédéric ULg; Lambrechts, Marie-Claire; Symons, Linda et al

in European Journal of General Practice (2013, September), 19(3), 162-184

Background General practitioners (GPs) Occupational physicians (OPs) can play an important role in detecting and managing substance abuse in the working population. The UP TO DATE project aims at ... [more ▼]

Background General practitioners (GPs) Occupational physicians (OPs) can play an important role in detecting and managing substance abuse in the working population. The UP TO DATE project aims at identifying the difficulties these professionals encounter in this area, and to explore ways of collaboration in providing appropriate care. Research question What are the experiences, attitudes and decision making of GPs and OPs regarding to alcohol, illegal drugs, hypnotics and tranquilizers abuse from a physician’s perspective? Method In this qualitative study, with a phenomenological perspective, 20 GPs and 16 OPs, experienced with substance abuse in daily practice, got a face to face in-depth interview. (October until December 2012). Along with the data collection process the analysis started with a constant comparison between the data and the chosen integrated model of change (De Vries), using coding techniques of grounded theory. Results GPs meet important barriers to detect misuse of all substances. To address this issue and the patient’s motivation for change, the doctor-patient relationship is crucial. The risk to disturb the relationship, and loose the patient’s trust, is a major concern. An attitude of patient-centeredness, collaboration and empowerment of the patient is needed to make any progress, to get results and to overcome as a GP the burden of those demanding encounters. Self-care is an important concern. Collaboration with specialised health providers confronted GPs with various problems: not enough services, long waiting lists, unclear methods and criteria. GPs lack an insight in the OP’s role, and experience problems to contact them. Whether the OP is a trustful health advocate for their patient is a major concern. Some OPs are perceived too linked to the employer, raising legitimate concerns about professional confidentiality. Conclusion These are preliminary results. At the conference, a comprehensive overview on the qualitative analysis will be given. [less ▲]

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See detailGPR detection of saturated areas into concrete in the presence of a water gradient
Louis, Arnaud ULg; Van der Wielen, Audrey ULg; Courard, Luc ULg et al

in 2012 14th International Conference on Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) (2012, June)

In the concrete, saturated areas are most of the time limited by a transition zone, presenting a water gradient. This transition zone can affect the GPR wave’s reflection and decrease the reflection ... [more ▼]

In the concrete, saturated areas are most of the time limited by a transition zone, presenting a water gradient. This transition zone can affect the GPR wave’s reflection and decrease the reflection coefficient by comparison to the coefficient that would be obtained on a sharp interface. To quantify the impact of the water gradient on the reflection coefficient, we performed finite differences simulations. They showed that the reflection coefficient was reduced by 70% if the thickness of the transition zone was larger than 2/5 of the wavelength. Laboratory experiments, using hygrometric sensors for the water content control, confirmed this trend. [less ▲]

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See detailGPR Limits for Thin Layers in Concrete Detection: Numerical and Experimental Evaluation
Van der Wielen, Audrey ULg; Courard, Luc ULg; Nguyen, Frédéric ULg

in Progress In Electromagnetics Research Symposium Proceedings, Marrakesh, Morocco, March 20-23, 2011 (2011, March)

The Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) is a nondestructive technique increasingly used in civil structures inspection. In those structures, thin layers, presenting a relatively small thickness compared to ... [more ▼]

The Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) is a nondestructive technique increasingly used in civil structures inspection. In those structures, thin layers, presenting a relatively small thickness compared to their area, are common and induce a complex multiple reflection scheme of the GPR waves on the two interfaces limiting the layer. The theoretical relationships predicting the reflected amplitude are based on multiple simplifying assumptions that are not matched by most commercial GPR impulse machines. In the first part of this study, we confronted the theoretical curves with numerical finite difference simulations performed with GprMax2D, with both a continuous sine wave and a realistic pulse derived from measurements. In the second part, we performed experiments on two concrete slabs, separated with an air space of variable thickness. The measured amplitude appeared to be different from the predictions, probably due to surface noise. [less ▲]

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See detailGPS : A tool to study the Earth Atmosphere
Warnant, René ULg

Conference given outside the academic context (2002)

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See detailGPS activities at the Royal Observatory of Belgium
Bruyninx, Carine; Warnant, René ULg; Pâquet, Paul

in Veröffentlichungen der Bayerischen Kommission für die Internationale Erdmessung, Astronomisch - Geodätische Arbeiten, Heft 52 (1992)

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See detailA GPS based prototype service for monitoring the ionospheric irregularities and scintillations at a global scale
Valette, J.-J.; Yaya, P.; Prévost, P.-L. et al

Conference (2005)

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See detailLe GPS et la Physique
Garnir, Henri-Pierre ULg; Strivay, David ULg; Bastin, Thierry ULg

in Science and Culture (2002), 380

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See detailGPS et topographie : erreurs, précision et perspectives futures
Wautelet, Gilles ULg

Conference given outside the academic context (2013)

En topographie moderne, le système GPS (Global Positioning System) permet de mesurer sa position en temps réel avec une précision centimétrique. Ce niveau de précision est atteint grâce à l'utilisation de ... [more ▼]

En topographie moderne, le système GPS (Global Positioning System) permet de mesurer sa position en temps réel avec une précision centimétrique. Ce niveau de précision est atteint grâce à l'utilisation de la technique appelée Real-Time Kinematics (RTK), qui se base sur un réseau de stations permanentes. La précision de la position calculée par RTK varie avec les conditions géométriques de la constellation GPS et dépend également de différentes sources d'erreurs, comme l'effet de l'atmosphère terrestre. Après un bref rappel théorique sur le fonctionnement du GPS, ces différentes sources d'erreur sont présentées, ainsi que leur impact sur le positionnement RTK. Enfin, l'avenir du RTK est évoqué avec, notamment, l'apport de la future constellation européenne Galileo. [less ▲]

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See detailThe GPS Observation Campaigns on the Mt. Etna Volcano from 1992 to 1994
Bruyninx, Carine; Warnant, René ULg

Report (1994)

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See detailGPS TEC and ITEC from digisonde data compared with NEQUICK model
Jodogne, Jean-Claude; Nebdi, Hamid; Warnant, René ULg

in Advances in Radio Science (2004), 2

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See detailGPs working in solo practice : obstacles and motivations for working in a group ? A qualitative study
Feron, Jean-Marc; Cerexhe, F.; Pestiaux, Dominique et al

in BMC Family Practice (2003), 20(2), 167-172

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See detailGPS, superconducting and absolute gravimeter measurements to evaluate crustal deformation in Membach, Belgium
Van Camp, Michel; Warnant, René ULg; Francis, Olivier et al

Conference (2002)

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