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Luuk Van Waes
Full professor in business & technical communication

University of Antwerp
Faculty of Applied Economics
Department of Management



Luuk Van Waes
University of Antwerp | City Campus
Faculty of Applied Economics | Department of Management
Prinsstraat 13
BE 2000 Antwerp
t. + 32 3 265.51.59
f. + 32 3 265.50.79
e. luuk.vanwaes@uantwerpen.be


PhD in Technical and Social Sciences (1991)
University of Twente, The Netherlands
The computer and the writing process.
The influence of the word processor on the pausing and revision behaviour of writers
Promotor: Prof. dr. P.J. Schellens

Master's degree in Germanic Philology (1980)
University of Antwerp, Belgium

Current employment

Professor: Business and Technical Communication (Dutch)
University of Antwerp - Faculty of Business Economics

Professor: Strategic Business Communication (Dutch)
Antwerp Management School (Advanced Master HR Management / Master of Science and Management)

Research interest

  • writing processes
  • writing and digital media
  • cognitive models of writing processes
  • tools and methods for writing research
  • business and technical communication
  • online writing centers

  • Faculty

  • Chair of the Education commission of the master in Multilingual Professional Communication (2010- )
  • Elected member of the board of the Faculty of Applied Economics (2009- )
  • Elected member of the board of the Faculty of Arts (2014- )
  • Member of the board of management of IPAC Institute of Professional and Accademic Communication - University of Antwerp (2014-2017)
  • Co-ordinator of the master Multilingual Professional Communication (Meertalige Professionele Communicatie; 2007- )
  • External member of the Research Board of the Artesis University College, Antwerp (2009-2013)
  • Member of the Communication Steering Committee of the University of Anwerp (2009-2014)
  • Academic co-ordinator of the committee for 'Quality Assurance and Innovation of Education': CIKO (2004-2007)
  • Member of the board of the Department of Management (MNG) - University of Antwerp (2003- )
  • Member of the advisory body of 'Linguapolis': Institute for Language and Communication: Research, Development and Training - University of Antwerp (2006-2014)
  • Member of the resonance group of the 'Dutch Language Union' (Nederlandse Taal Unie (2006-2008)
  • Member of the QANU Accreditation Committee for undergraduate and graduate programs in the domain of 'Communication and Information Sciences' in the Netherlands, QANU (2005-2007).

  • Teaching

    I teach courses in Business Communication, Management Communication and Communication research at the bachelor, master, and advanced master level: more information


    My research mainly focuses on cognitive writing pocesses & digital media in professional settings. In this domain I edited a few books and wrote articles in, for instance, IEEE Transactions in Professional Communication, Journal of Pragmatics, Journal of Sociolinguistics, Interacting with Computers, Computers and Composition, Tijdschrift voor Taalbeheersing (Journal of Applied Linguistcis), Reading and Writing, Business Communication Quarterly, Document Design (now Information Design Journal.

  • publications
  • presentations
  • research projects
  • phd projects
  • other activities (journals, organisation of conferences and symposia, guest lectures, keynotes)

  • Awards

    Prisma - University of Antwerp: Best professor Award
    Teaching award - so called 'Gobbelijntje' - granted by the master students in Multlingual Professional Communications (2017-2018).

    Written Communication | John R. Hayes award for Excellence in Writing Research
    Award for the best methodological article in Written Communication (2012-2014)
    presented at the WRAB conference in Paris-Nanterre, France.
    Leijten, M., & Van Waes, L. (2013). Keystroke Logging in Writing Research: Using Inputlog to Analyze and Visualize Writing Processes Written Communication, 30(3), 358-392, doi:10.1177/0741088313491692 | Abstract and PDF

    Award for Excellence in Writing research: Written Communication
    Nominated for the Excellence in Writing Research Award for best article published in Written Communication (2011-2012)
    Thomas Quinlan, Maaike Loncke, MariŽlle Leijten & Luuk Van Waes (2012). Coordinating the cognitive processes of writing: The role of the monitor. Written Communication, 29, 345-368 | Abstract and PDF

    Journal of Writing Research: John R. Hayes Award
    Nomination for the John R. Hayes award for best article in the Journal of Writing Research (2010-2012) - shortlisted
    MariŽlle Leijten, Sven De Maeyer & Luuk Van Waes (2012). Coordinating sentence composition with error correction: A multilevel analysis. Journal of Writing Research 2(3), 331-363 | PDF

    Association of Business Communication:
    ABC's award for most Outstanding Business Communication Quarterly article 2006
    Jacobs, Geert, Opdenacker Liesbeth & Van Waes, Luuk (2005). A Multilanguage Online Writing Center for Professional Communication: Development and Testing. Business Communication Quarterly, 68/1, 8-22.

    Elsevier Computers and Composition
    Computers and Composition Distinguished Book Award 2007
    Van Waes, L. Leijten, M. & Neuwirth, C. (Vol. Eds.) & G. Rijlaarsdam (Series Ed.) (2006), Writing and Digital Media (Studies in Writing: Vol. 17.). Oxford: Elsevier (364 p.) | ISBN-10: 0080448631; ISBN-13: 978-0080448633

    Research group

    Within the department of Management we work within a small team that does research and teaching in the field of Professional Communciation:

  • MariŽlle Leijten
  • Julie Declerck
  • Suzy Stals
  • Milou de Smet
  • Tom Pauwaert
  • Eric Van Horenbeeck
  • Lise Paesen
  • Catherine Meulemans
  • Brenda van den Broek
  • Nina Vandermeulen
  • Wei Cheng