Toon Van Overbeke

Toon Van Overbeke

PhD Candidate

European Institute

Dutch, English, French
Key Expertise
Political economy, Future of work, Automation

About me

Toon Van Overbeke is a Ph.D. candidate at the European Institute, working on the comparative political economy of automation and future of work. His project aims to understand the link between supply-side institutions and labour-replacing technological change on the one hand and the relation between these innovations and political behaviour on the other. His research interests include comparative political economy, industrial relations, industrial policy, future of work and innovation.

Aside from his research Toon is also a teacher for GV264 Politics and Institutions in Europe as well for MG203 Strategic Management of Markets and Growth: Industrial Policy in Europe in the summer school. Toon is also a junior editor at the Europe in Question Paper Series.

Prior to joining the European Institute as a research student in 2018, Toon completed a MSc in Political Economy of Europe at the same department. He also holds a MA in History from the KU Leuven.

Toon's CV.

Academic Publications:

Crisis and Complimentarities: A comparative political economy of economic policies after COVID-19. Perspectives on Politics (2021).  With Bob Hancké and Dustin Voss.

COVID-19 and the politics of strained multi-level & policy cooperation in Belgium and the Netherlands. European Policy Analysis (2020), 6(2): 305-317. With Diederik Stadig. .


Selected media publications:

Hoe komen we tot een inclusieve automatisering? Samenleving en Politiek (2020). With Bob Hancké. Website link

The future of work and robots after Covid-19. The Policy Network (2020). With Bob Hancké. Website link

The future of work and robots after Covid-19. Das Progressive Zentrum  (2020). With Bob Hancké. Website link

Robotisation and globalization: the enemy of my enemy? New European Trade Union Forum (2019). Website link


Academic Supervisors

Dr Bob Hancké and Prof Saul Estrin