Steven Vanderstichelen (born 1990) is a post-doctoral researcher working at the End-of-Life Care Research Group at Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) & Ghent University. He studied sociology at Ghent University and obtained his Master’s degree in 2014. In 2015, he started working as a junior researcher at the End-of-Life Care Research Group (Vub & Ghent University). Steven conducted research on volunteering in palliative care, supervised by Prof. dr. Kenneth Chambaere, Prof. dr. Luc Deliens, and Prof. dr. Joachim Cohen. This study was part of the “Integration of palliative care into home, nursing home and hospital care and into the community (2015-2019)” (INTEGRATE) project, which was supported by a grant from the Flanders Institute for Innovation & Entrepreneurship (VLAIO) (Strategic Basic Research SBO-IWT nr. 140009). His research on within this project resulted in six articles in international peer-reviewed journals, of which four have been published and two are under review and two national publications. Upon completion of this study, his findings were published in his dissertation “Volunteering in Palliative Care – A study of volunteer tasks, support, roles, involvement and collaboration with professionals in the Flemish healthcare system.” He successfully defended his dissertation in 2019, earning his PhD. in Social Health Sciences (VUB) and Health Sciences (UGent). Steven has also presented his work at numerous national and international palliative care and public health congresses. In 2018, he presented his work as invited speaker in plenary presentations at the second INTEGRATE Congress and at the Flemish Congress for Palliative Care. In 2019, he was awarded a plenary presentation for best abstract at the 16th World Congress of the European Association for Palliative Care in Berlin, Germany. Steven Vanderstichelen currently works at the End-of-Life Care Research Group as a post-doctoral researcher on a 30-month follow-up project of his PhD dissertation regarding the development of a training programme for volunteers in community home-care, centred on identifying, describing and signposting palliative care needs. This project is supported by ‘Kom op Tegen Kanker’. Steven’s main research interests and ambitions are to further develop knowledge and insights into volunteering in palliative care, the role of volunteers in facilitating access to care, community engagement, participatory research and the development of compassionate community models in end-of-life care.
Steven is a Steering Group Member of the EAPC Task Force on Volunteering in Hospice and Palliative Care.