The Network leads a support committee and a research committee. They organize work meetings
and seminars, carry out prospective studies and produce publications,
with the assistance of personalities from the academic and business
The Research committee gathers French-speaking and Dutch-speaking professors and researchers from various fields of studies and universities. Together, they brainstorm on major issues including the following questions: what are the societal values inherent to the Citizen Service ? How should citizenship be perceived? Does the Citizen Service have an impact on young people’s social behaviour ? Does it mark the transition to adulthood ? How does this cross-cutting programme interacts with the current associative network ? What is there to learn from foreign programmes such as Katimavik (Canada), Service Civique (France), Servizio Civile (Italy) …?
The research committee is made up of the following researchers and academics:
- Valérie Becquet: Professor of sociology at the IUFM (Teacher Training Institute) of Versailles
- Filip Coussé: Researcher in the Department of Social Work and Social Pedagogy, Ghent University;
- Jacques Defourny: Full professor at the HEC Management School, University of Liège (Department of Economics); Director of the Centre for Social Economy
- Alain Eraly: Full professor of sociology at the Free University of Brussels (ULB)
- Lesley Hustinx: Assistant professor, Department of Sociology, Ghent University
- Beno Schraepen: Researcher in inclusive education, Plantijn Hogeschool
- Olivier Servais: Professor of anthropology, Université catholique de Louvain (UCL)
- Céline Tignol: Doctoral student and assistant professor of philosophy, Université Catholique de Louvain (UCL)
- François Geradin: Political scientist and philosopher by training. Former researcher at the ULG and at the UCL. Currently working in the field of socio-professional integration. Formerly in charge of prospective research at the Citizen Service Network.
- : Psychiatrist and psychoanalyst. Holder of an agrégation certificate in university teaching from the Catholic University of Louvain (UCL). Former president of the Belgium Freudian Association (Association freudienne de Belgique) and of the International Lacanian Association (Association lacanienne internationale - ALI). Inventive and non-doctrinarian clinician and theorist who has worked in depth on the consequences of the social link on subjectivity. He is the director of the Humus Collection, dedicated to that theme, at Erès Publishing House.
- Abraham Franssen, professor of sociology at the Saint-Louis University, specialized in public action analysis in the fields of society, youth and disabilities.
- Philippe Van Parijs, Philosopher and economist. Professor at the Catholic University of Louvain (UCL), at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (KUL) and at Harvard University
- Roland Vaxelaire, Corporate director.
- Jacques Defourny, Full professor at HEC Management School (University of Liège) (Department of Economics); Director of the Centre for Social Economy
- Alain Deneef, Corporate director
- Bernard Devos, Delegate for Children’s Rights of the French Community of Belgium
- Roland Vaxelaire, Corporate Director
- Philippe van Meerbeeck, Psychiatrist and psychanalyst for youngsters and young adults
- Pierre Galand, President of the Centre for Secular Action (Centre d'action laïque)
- Olivier Servais, Professor of Anthropology at the Catholic University of Louvain (UCL)
- Beno Schraepen, Artesis Plantijn University College (Antwerp), Department of Health and Social Care
- Alain Eraly, Professor of Sociology, Université libre de Bruxelles
- Rik Pinxten, Professor of Anthropology, Director of the Centre pour la communication et l'interaction interculturelle, Gent University
- Bernard Boon-Falleur, Company Administrator
- Caroline Pauwels, Rector Vrije Universiteit Brussel
« « The Citizen Service project in Belgium reminds me of the initiative that we introduced with the Peace movement after the fall of the Berlin Wall, together with personalities such as Jean Van Lierde, who was the first conscientious objector in Belgium.
We dreamt that the fall of the wall would bring military alliances such as the Warsaw Pact and NATO to an end. We dreamt that armament would be limited, and that the military service would be replaced by a civil service, in Belgium and all over the world.
Today, you are bringing back the concept of a free and voluntary Citizen Service. I can only encourage you and give you my full support. The simple observation of what was achieved by those young people who chose the civil service years ago years ago should be enough to convince any decision-maker.s. Today, the most important civil society organisations (NGOs, human rights etc.), are run by the same persons who, back then, chose the civil service over the military service. »
« “(…) as they (young people) are constantly labelled incompetent, lazy, offenders or potentially dangerous, they end up seeing themselves through the prism of stereotype. The experience of a well-designed civil service would undoubtedly make it possible to move away from these clichés.”
« “In a society where unbridled capitalism prevails, volunteer service is a modern form of conscientious objection.” »
« “One belief: social integration is a prerequisite to any professional integration. In these times of social crisis, rising individualism and consumerism, the creation of a Citizen Service has become a necessity rather than a possibility.” »