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See detailHousing and integration of migrants in Europe
Bosswick, Wolfgang; Heckmann, Friedrich; Lüken-Klaßen, Doris et al

Book published by Eurofound and the Council of Europe (2007)

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See detailHousing Quality as Environmental Inequality: The Case of Wallonia, Belgium
Lejeune, Zoé ULg; Xhignesse, Guillaume ULg; Kryvobokov, Marko et al

in Journal of Housing and the Built Environment (2016), 31(3), 495-512

First in the USA and then in many other countries, scholarship on environmental inequality has sought to shed light on the unequal environmental conditions borne by poor people and ethnic minorities, and ... [more ▼]

First in the USA and then in many other countries, scholarship on environmental inequality has sought to shed light on the unequal environmental conditions borne by poor people and ethnic minorities, and to challenge public policies and their unjust impacts on those target groups. Housing quality, especially the indoor characteristics of homes, offers an innovative perspective in this field of research. In previous research on environmental inequality in the Walloon context, housing quality has been proven to be a major determinant of quality of life and environmental well-being. This paper analyses housing quality through a twofold approach: through indoor characteristics on the one hand, and outdoor subjective and objective externalities on the other. It reveals the disparities between the most deprived and the wealthiest segments of the population. The evidence for this study is based on a housing quality survey carried out in 2012 and 2013 on 6,018 households in Wallonia (Belgium). The key findings are that poor people are found to live in housing of lower quality, in densely populated neighbourhoods and those with mixed use, with compensating amenities provided at the local level. Moreover, consistent with environmental inequality scholarship, deprived households are found to bear the burden of environmental degradation outside the home. People live in areas with poorer air quality, but are found to benefit from greater access to green spaces. The results of the survey reveal an interesting point concerning the environmental inequality literature; the interior features of housing are found to differ more widely between deprived and wealthier people than the surrounding environment does. [less ▲]

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See detailHOUSTON BY DAY AND NIGHT Blues-zydeco-gospel
Sacré, Robert ULg

Article for general public (2012)

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See detailHow to use ICT to help students to gain in confidence and efficiency in an algorithmic and computer programming course ?
Colaux, Catherine ULg; Soyeurt, Hélène ULg

in INTED2015 Proceedings (2015)

Algorithmic and computer programming in the bachelor’s degree is a course that demands a large involvement of students in performing non-standard exercises. This practical aspect is incompatible with ... [more ▼]

Algorithmic and computer programming in the bachelor’s degree is a course that demands a large involvement of students in performing non-standard exercises. This practical aspect is incompatible with classical ex cathedra course. It is the reason why we implement a blended learning approach much more responsive to students in a bachelor class of Bio Engineering at the Gembloux Agro Bio Tech Faculty (University of Liege, Belgium). This course alternates theoretical classes, take-home lessons with the help of online pedagogical resources and video and debriefing sessions where students have the possibility to benefit from teacher’ support. In doing so, the students are better prepared for the examination. They also gain in confidence and motivation. The teacher no longer simply transmits the knowledge but assists the students in their reflection process and their mastering of programming tools [less ▲]

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See detailHow (not) to perform ecosystem service valuation - Pricing Gorillas in the Mist -
Boeraeve, Fanny ULg; Dendoncker, Nicolas; Jacobs, Sander et al

in Biodiversity and Conservation (2014)

Monetary valuation of ecosystem services (ES) is gaining growing interest in scientific papers, policies and awareness-raising documents for its potential as a communication tool illustrating the societal ... [more ▼]

Monetary valuation of ecosystem services (ES) is gaining growing interest in scientific papers, policies and awareness-raising documents for its potential as a communication tool illustrating the societal importance of biodiversity. However, simultaneously, its limitations are increasingly discussed in the literature. In this paper we argue that monetary valuation of ES should be seen as representing only one component of ES valuations. We provide basic standards to ensure integrated approaches to ES valuation that can effectively contribute to preserving cultural and biological diversity by acknowledging boundaries to resource exploitation and by building on the various interests and socio-cultural values of involved stakeholders. We base our discussion on a recent study that assesses the economic value of the world-famous Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo, home to some of the last mountain gorillas (Gorilla beringei beringei). We alert against some ES monetary valuation that narrowly frames biodiversity conservation in terms of economic calculus and argue that subjugating conservation efforts to profit logics downplays the importance of intrinsic, symbolic and other non-economic values of biodiversity. We conclude by providing principles and methodological guidelines to enhance ES valuation as a tool to promote awareness rising for biodiversity conservation through the understanding the overall importance of biodiversity for human societies. [less ▲]

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See detailHow a topic treatment can worsen the situation: A new type of iatrogenic "burn".
REMY, Christophe ULg; LAUNGANI, Alexis; MAGNETTE, André ULg et al

Poster (2011, September 15)

Many studies showed the high frequency of cutaneous intolerances to ketoprofen but in 85 percent of them, these are photoallergies. The Belgian dematologists published an article a few years ago ... [more ▼]

Many studies showed the high frequency of cutaneous intolerances to ketoprofen but in 85 percent of them, these are photoallergies. The Belgian dematologists published an article a few years ago, demonstrating that it is important to avoid prescription of topical ketoprofen during sunny periods. Our experience showed the risks of lesions without exposing to UV radiations. These gels, on free sale, are widely used by the public. In physiotherapy, they are also regularly used by practitioners who rarely know the risk of photoallergies and often ignore the possibility of burn. In France, many questions have already been asked about these gels and they were even the object of a temporary withdrawal. [less ▲]

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See detailHow adaptation strategies of crops could counteract climate change effects? The case of four catchments in Wallonia, Belgium.
Bauwens, Alexandra ULg; Sohier, Catherine ULg; Degré, Aurore ULg

in Geophysical Research Abstracts (2013), 15

A sharp increase in extreme heat and drought stress is projected in Belgium by the end of the 21st century, with the potential to significantly reduce crops’ yields under current agricultural practices ... [more ▼]

A sharp increase in extreme heat and drought stress is projected in Belgium by the end of the 21st century, with the potential to significantly reduce crops’ yields under current agricultural practices. This contribution uses an agro-hydrological model in order to assess the potential effects of climate evolution on crop development, yield, and water balance for the main agricultural productions in the Meuse catchment. Erosion risk is also evaluated. We show that grasslands and maize yield decrease and yield variability increases under climate change scenarios. The leaf area index study permits to put in emphasis the earlier start of the vegetation due to warmer climate. It appears that all the sensitive stages occur earlier in the season and that crops are negatively affected by summer drought stress. The better understanding of crops development under evolving climate allows us to propose some changes in agricultural practices and to assess their effectiveness. We evaluate different strategies of adaptation in agricultural practices in order to reduce the potential negative effects of climate change on grasslands and maize production. Adaptation strategies proposed are advanced sowing and harvesting date, introduction of a cover crop for maize and advance in the cutting dates for grasslands. In the particular case of the Vesdre catchment, shifting the growth period of maize permits to avoid the water-deficit period and allow increased yield. This shift makes it possible to introduce a cover crop that will drastically reduce winter soil erosion. For grassland, the adjustment of the cutting dates favored the first cut and the earlier start of the vegetation. The second cut is less profitable due to summer drought stress. The vulnerability assessments focused on the main rotation encountered in the cultivated areas and in the difference in the cover type of these crops. [less ▲]

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See detailHow and when children master the numerical content conveyed by verbal numbers and number gestures ?
Vossius, Line ULg; Noël, Marie-Pascale; Rousselle, Laurence ULg

Conference (2016, April 21)

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See detailHow and why did Hatshepsut invent the image of her royal power?
Laboury, Dimitri ULg

in Galan, José Manuel; Bryan, Betsy M.; Dorman, Peter F. (Eds.) Creativity and Innovation in the Reign of Hatshepsut (2014)

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See detailHow antifoams act: a microgravity study
Yazhgur, Pavel; Langevin, Dominique; Caps, Hervé ULg et al

in npj Microgravity (2015), 1

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See detailHow are consummers' interests taken into account when applying competition law ?
Sibony, Anne-Lise ULg

Conference (2009, October 21)

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See detailHow are feathers digested by raptors?
Leprince, Pierre ULg; Dandrifosse, Guy ULg; Goffinet, Gerhard ULg et al

in Biochemical Systematics & Ecology (1980), 8(2), 211-219

In order to determine the cause of the evident degradation of feathers from ingested prey in pellets regurgitated by raptors, in vitro digestions of whole feather barbs by pellet extracts, pepsin or ... [more ▼]

In order to determine the cause of the evident degradation of feathers from ingested prey in pellets regurgitated by raptors, in vitro digestions of whole feather barbs by pellet extracts, pepsin or trypsin were carried out. The material was analysed by using biochemical and electron microscopic methods. The results show that the changes in the feathers which occur in the stomach of the Falconidae do not arise from digestion of keratin but from hydrolysis of protein acting as a cement matter in the feather. [less ▲]

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See detailHow are trace elements mobilized during the post-weaning fast in northern elephant seals?
Habran, Sarah ULg; Crocker, D; Debier, C et al

in Environmental Toxicology & Chemistry (2012), 31(10), 2354-2365

Northern elephant seal (Mirounga angustirostris) pups undergo a substantial intertissue reorganization of protein, minerals, and other cellular components during their postweaning development, which might ... [more ▼]

Northern elephant seal (Mirounga angustirostris) pups undergo a substantial intertissue reorganization of protein, minerals, and other cellular components during their postweaning development, which might entail the mobilization of associated contaminants. The authors investigated the changes in concentrations of 11 elements (Ca, Cd, Cr, Cu, Fe, Hg, Ni, Pb, Se, V, and Zn) in a longitudinal study on 22 northern elephant seal pups during the postweaning fast. Slight changes in most element concentrations were observed in blood throughout the fast. Circulating levels of Hg, Se, and Cu appeared less altered during the postweaning fast than during suckling (previously measured). Despite the considerable fat utilization, element concentrations in blubber remained stable throughout the fast (except Fe), which suggests that elements are mobilized from blubber as efficiently as lipids. As indicators of the placental transfer, concentrations in lanugo hair revealed the existence of maternal transfer and accumulation of all assayed trace elements during fetal development. In addition, the new pelage, rapidly produced after weaning, appeared to be an important elimination route for toxic metals like Hg, Cd, and Pb. The high mineral content detected in pup hair suggests that this species would be more exposed to trace elements than other phocids (except Cd and Pb). This statement needs nevertheless further monitoring and toxicological studies to determine better the exposition to trace elements and its potential impact on the northern elephant seal’s health. [less ▲]

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See detailHow are we vulnerable? Opening industrial hazards vulnerability analysis to participation
Rossignol, Nicolas ULg; Turcanu, Catrinel

Conference (2013, June 17)

The risk analysis framework has been the dominant theoretical framework used to address the uncertainty of a potential hazard bypassing the system's safeguards and protection. In essence, this involves ... [more ▼]

The risk analysis framework has been the dominant theoretical framework used to address the uncertainty of a potential hazard bypassing the system's safeguards and protection. In essence, this involves the evaluation of the probability and the magnitude of the consequences of the undesired events that can transform the hazard into actual damage. Despite the technical premises, the importance of integrating social aspects into the analysis is now recognized by an increasing number or risk analysis models. Another way to deal with potential consequences of hazards is to analyze the vulnerability of the system considered. This paradigm overcomes the shortcomings of risk analysis in situations when the knowledge about the probabilities and the outcomes is incomplete or insufficient On the one hand, studies in the literature show that socio-economic factors are often integrated in a participative way in vulnerability analysis models especially in the natural hazards research field. On the other hand, it seems that such considerations are rarely integrated in the models aiming at evaluating the vulnerability to an industrial hazard. What can we learn from the analysis of models addressing vulnerability to natural hazards in terms of the participatory integration of social factors? What could be the reasons to apply such participation tools in order to assess the vulnerability to industrial hazards? These are the questions we address in this contribution. To do so, we realized a systematic literature review from scientific journal papers on vulnerability analysis published in the last two decades. From this review, three main arguments can be found arguing for the use of participation for vulnerability analysis. Indeed, participation allows (1) context-based assessments, that may (2) foster the development of adaptative capacities (3) both for short and long-term. Based on those arguments, we identifiy possible paths to foster participation for context-based industrial vulnerability analysis. [less ▲]

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See detail“How are you Vulnerable?”: Using Participation for Vulnerability Analysis in Emergency Planning
Rossignol, Nicolas ULg; Turcanu, Catrinel; Fallon, Catherine ULg et al

in Journal of Risk Research (in press)

Scientists in many fields of research have developed models, theories and concepts attempting to grasp and manage dangers that are often difficult to imagine. Among the different perspectives, the Science ... [more ▼]

Scientists in many fields of research have developed models, theories and concepts attempting to grasp and manage dangers that are often difficult to imagine. Among the different perspectives, the Science and Technology Studies (STS) Vulnerability Approach seems very promising. Relying on a constructivist paradigm, it is based on an inductive collection and analysis of a wide range of factors, with a particular focus on cultural factors and actual day-to-day practices. In this paper, we present the roots of this approach and we display findings based on three case studies exploring emergency planning in three different contexts (a city near a SEVESO plant, a school near a nuclear plant, and a city confronted to multiple catastrophic scenarios). The cases studies were realized by conducting three Focus Groups with different types of stakeholders (citizens, teachers, firemen, decision makers, etc.). After presenting the results of the case studies, we discuss how stakeholders’ participation can inform such type of vulnerability analysis in the context of emergency planning. We argue that participation fosters a deep understanding of actual safety governance practices which allows innovative results to emerge as well as it initiates a learning process among the participants. It contributes to questioning the relations between decision-makers, experts and citizens. It has the potential of bypassing the positivist and quantitative rationale of safety, and thus, of redefining the vulnerability governance. As a conclusion, we question the role of such STS vulnerability approach within the actual vulnerability governance. [less ▲]

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