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Dr. Saloua Berdai Chaouni

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Saloua Berdai Chaouni is a doctor in Adult Educational Sciences (Vrije Universiteit Brussel) and a master’s in Biomedical Sciences and Gerontological Sciences and obtained several qualifications in Management. After a short academic period conducting in-vivo neurophysiological research, she stepped into the social work field. She published her first work on older migrants in 2005 as a policy report in Brussels. This started a decade of innovative practice, policy, consulting, advocacy, and action research work on the intersection of (aged) care and ethnic diversity in Belgium and Europe. She received in 2012 the Charles Ullens reward by the King Baudouin Foundation for her policy-relevant research work on older migrants in Belgium. In 2018, she was acknowledged for her academic and educational work as a member of the Belgian-Moroccan diaspora with a Diwan Award. Saloua is currently active as a lecturer and a researcher at the Karel de Grote University College and is affiliated to the VUB. Her current research work focuses on older migrants, inclusive aged & dementia care, and decoloniality of research and academia. She is also active in several organizations and policy-making boards aiming for inclusive care for ethnic minorities in Belgium and Europe.


Aging, migration, care, decoloniality


Belgian Aging Studies 



Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Pleinlaan 2
1050 Brussel