Piet Bracke is a full professor at the Department of Sociology at Ghent University. He teaches general sociological courses at the undergraduate level – introduction in sociology, sociological research and methods – and more specialized master courses in the sociology of health and illness.
His research focuses on gender issues and the sociology of the family; on sociological epidemiology from a comparative perspective; and on mental health and mental health services. He and his collaborators are eager to contribute to the further development of institutional theories of population (mental) health.
Piet Bracke was appointed honorary professor in medical sociology at Nottingham University (2009-2012). In spring 2017 he is connected to the University of Geneva as NCCR LIVES Visiting scholar. He is a former president of the European Society of Health and Medical Sociology (ESHMS, 2010-2014), and a former member of the Board of Governors of Ghent University (2012-2014).