Sofie Vindevogel holds a Ph.D. in Educational Sciences and works as a lecturer and researcher at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Ghent (HoGent). She has been working with populations affected by armed conflict and political violence, both in the Global South and North. Her research is situated at the intersection between strengths-oriented, community-based, and transcultural orthopedagogics. It addresses stressors and resources in the context of potentially traumatic experiences, and focuses primarily on how children, adolescents, families, and communities deal individually and collectively with various forms of adversity and what contributes to resilience and quality of life. Central concepts in this research are (collective) trauma, stress, resilience, coping, recovery, capabilities, social and cultural capital. Special attention is paid to cultural aspects of these concepts and to culturally sensitive support.
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