Maartje De Meulder

Dr. Maartje De Meulder is senior researcher with the research groups Speech Therapy: Participation through Communication since October 2019. Within the research group she is responsible for sign language and Deaf Studies research.

Maartje’s research roadmap is broad and interdisciplinary, and inspired by contemporary societal challenges. To make an impact beyond academia she is also active on social media and editor-in-chief of Acadeafic.


Maartje is also a lecturer at the Instituut voor Gebaren, Taal en Dovenstudies (IGT&D). She teaches in the Bachelor Interpreter NGT/Dutch and teacher NGT, and in the Master Deaf Studies. She is further affiliated to Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh as a Honorary Research Fellow.

  • 2017-2019: Postdoctoral Research Fellow University of Namur (MOVE-IN Louvain Incoming Postdoctoral Fellowship co-funded by the Marie Curie Actions of the European Commission)
  • 2016: PhD at the University of Jyväskylä (Finland) with a study about deaf communities’ aspirations for the legal recognition of sign languages 
  • 2007-2011: staff member advocacy with Doof Vlaanderen (Belgium)
  • 2005-2006: MSc in Deaf Studies, University of Bristol (UK)
  • 2000-2005: MA Pedagogical Sciences, option Disability Studies, Ghent University



  • Deaf Studies
  • Applied language studies