Prof. Dr. Dirk Lafaut is affiliated to the faculty of Ethics and Philosophy at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. He is a member of RHEA, the Center of Expertise Gender, Diversity and Intersectionality and a member of EtHu, the Center for Ethics and Humanism. His fields of interest and expertise are migration, care ethics and medical humanitarianism. Dirk is currently working as a post-doctoral researcher, amongst others on decolonisation and develepment in the framework of a Global Minds scholarship. He is also appointed as guest-lecturer Contemporary Humanism till September 2022. Dirk currently holds the chair in Humanistics at the VUB.
Dirk obtained his PhD in Philosophy and Ethics in 2021 with his doctoral thesis: ‘The ethics of bordering healthcare: A study on healthcare access of undocumented migrants in Brussels (Belgium). He worked as a PhD fellow of the Research Foundation Flanders (FWO). In his research Dirk uses both quantitative and qualitative research methodologies, with a focus on the latter.
Dirk obtained a MA in Ethics and Philosophy at Vrije Universiteit Brussels in 2013. Before becoming a researcher he worked as a physician in different humanitarian organizations settings, and as a GP in a community health center in Gent. Dirk obtained his medical degree at Universiteit Gent (Belgium) in 2004.