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Sam Janssen (°1974)is Expeditions' General Project Manager. He obtained master's degrees in Philosophy, Urban Planning, Educational Sciences and Ethics at the University of Ghent. His thesises were about Don Quijote as a blueprint for individualist thinking, functional mixes in the urban environment and the adaptation of research techniques in the classroom. During his work as a research designer in urban planning he started studying anthropology and history. In that time he came in touch with Dr. Vanlangendonck, the founder of Expeditions with whom he engaged in a variety of research projects. Together with Marc, Sam founded Expeditions’ summer school for anthropologists. Today the school is the longest standing field school for cultural anthropology, and developed into a worldwide network of social science scholars engaged in the organization. After working at the University of Leuven as a research supervisor, Sam now fulltime coordinates the Expeditions projects. He believes very strongly in an interdisciplinary approach, which is created by the multidisciplinary Expeditions research teams.
Recent activity

General Co-ordinator - Expeditions, research in applied anthropology
September 1996 until present

Research Supervisor - Flemish Centre for Tourism Policy Studies at the University of Leuven
January 2010 until present

Chief Editor - Omertaa, Journal for Applied Anthropology
January 2006 until present

Senior Researcher - Flemish Centre for Tourism Policy Studies
April 2009 to December 2009

Research Associate - IMMRC
May 2002 to March 2008

Research Coordinator - XIOS Hogeschool Limburg
April 2006 to September 2008

Consultant - Expertise Centre for Elderly care (ECOL)
Januari 2008 to August 2008

Ethics Teacher - Koninklijk Atheneum Berchem
January 2001 to September 2004

Urban Analyst -Technum
February 1999 to June 2002

Researcher - "De Onderzoekscel"
May 1994 to June 1996

Selection of publications

Luisteren naar het verleden. Oral History in de Kempen. Project 2008.
(An Oral History project about a Flemish region around the communities of Arendonk.)

'Wij' en 'Zij' = 'Ons Erfgoed'. Oral History in KTA Wollemarkt - Mechelen. Project 2008
('Us and Them = Our Heritage.' Oral History project on migrational history)

Van heden en verleden. Oral History in Schoten. Project 2010.
(Of present and past. An Oral History project about a Flemish region around the community of Schoten)

Sprekend Verleden. Oral History in het Hageland. Project 2007.
(An Oral History project about a Flemish region around the city of Aarschot.)

Verkenningen van het dagelijkse leven. Oral History in de Dommelvallei. Project 2007.
(Oral History in the perspective of anthropological ecology)

Luisteren naar het verleden. Oral History in de Kempen. Project 2007.
(An Oral History project about a Flemish region around the community of Arendonk)

Allochtonen en kanker. Een gids voor hulpverleners. Expeditions/LiSE : Vlaamse Liga tegen Kanker.
(A guide for medical, paramedical and social workers dealing with migrants in the Flemish part of Belgium who have cancer) Available online >>>

“Verkenningen van het dagelijkse leven. Oral History in de Dommelvallei. Project 2006.”
(Oral History in the perspective of anthropological ecology)

“Luisteren naar het verleden. Oral History in Arendonk. Project 2006.”
(Oral History: Listening to the past in the region of Arendonk.)

Expeditions Training Intercultural Communication (ETIC) about Chechens in Belgium.
Presented to the Commissioner General's Office for Refugees and Stateless Persons, Brussels. (Confidential report)