Steven Dhondt (Prof., PhD) has a doctoral degree in social sciences and is currently a senior researcher at TNO and a professor at the University of Leuven (Belgium). His main focus is on the impacts of the newest technologies on organisational and work practices. He coordinates at TNO the Smart Working research programme, developing insights on the impacts of robotics and digitization on organisational practices and social security systems. Most of the research about the platform economy, the cobotisation of industry and other new developments in the Dutch economy is connected to the work of Steven and his team.
Smart Working means new practices in organisations and in society, building on smart systems, smart employees and smart social security systems and Steven sees it as his challenge to find this connection, with social innovation is the only way forward to achieve this smart connection. Next to his research work, he also coordinated the European learning network on Workplace Innovation (EUWIN) for the European Commission (DG GROW) over the past four years, and is coordinating the multi-annual Belgian SBO Paradigms4.0, the H2020 Beyond4.0 and H2020 GI-NI projects. He is also connected as an advisor to the evaluation of the Swedish labour market support systems.