Steven Debbaut obtained a bachelor's degree in social work (Karel de Grote University College, 1996) and a master's degree in Criminological Sciences (University of Ghent, 1999). For his dissertation, he conducted research into religious experiences in the Belgian prison system.
He started his career as a drug counsellor and as a supervisor of young people who committed 'offences described as crimes'. Thereafter, he focused on Social - Economic Policy: first as director of 'Steunpunt Tewerkstelling' to guide newcomers and low-skilled people to work, and then as director of RESOC Mechelen to stimulate socio - economic development of the region along with social partners and political authorities. As of 2010, he was active at the Karel de Grote University College, he taught, among other things, about social justice and influencing policy in the bachelor program of Social Work and he also drew up a refugee policy for the University College. As of 2014, he combined the activities at the University College with the coordination of 'A School Called Tribe': a music education ('jazz meets hiphop') activity in Ghent and Antwerp which he founded himself.
RESEARCH LINE: POLICING AND SURVEILLANCE