Iris Steenhout
  • Laarbeeklaan 101

    1090 Brussels


  • Pleinlaan 2

    1050 Brussel


  • Pleinlaan 2

    1050 Brussels


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Iris Steenhout (°29 april 1978, NINOVE, BELGIUM, ORCID-ID: 0000- 0002-0585-8423, PhD Criminological Sciences, MSc Criminology, MSc Computer Science) is a post-doctoral researcher at the research group Biostatistics and Medical Informatics (Faculty of Life Sciences) and tied to the research group Crime and Society (Faculty of Law and Criminology).

Currently she teaches R, Digital Health and Epistat at the Faculty of Life Sciences, she is active in a variety of digital Health related projects and has several pending publications in this field.

Iris Steenhout has a special interest in the transformative nature of shared digital database-assisted applications (sDDAAs) and works on the nexus of life sciences, computer science and criminology. While digital health has potential for a highly personalized care, Iris Steenhout looks beyond the rampant optimism that often accompanies eHealth solutions, like sDDAAs. Her focus is on the adoption, adaption and handling of these technologies by both adopters and suppliers and offers an original perspective into an underexplored field, highlighting both the potential and limitations of sDDAAs, and taking into account the various intended and unintended consequences. Special interest goes to the prevention and follow-up of aggression on the work floor.

Iris Steenhout has been published in international handbooks, several national and international journals, and she has presented her key findings at various expert seminars. Her work is picked up regularly by the media, including in VRT News, VTM news, De Standaard and other outlets. She is a former member of the Board of Directors of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel and is a current member of the Education Council of the VUB, the Faculty Council (life sciences) and a replacement member of the Faculty Board (life sciences).

Education/Academic qualification

Criminology, PHD

Award Date: 19 Feb 2019

Digital Methods, University of Amsterdam

Award Date: 1 Sep 2015

Criminology, Master, Vrije Universiteit Brussel

Award Date: 30 Sep 2010

Master Computer Science, Vrije Universiteit Brussel

Award Date: 15 Sep 2006

External positions

Lecturer, Hogeschool Gent

30 Sep 20171 Oct 2019


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