Luc Pauwels is Professor of Visual Research Methods in the Faculty of Social Sciences (Department of Communication Studies) and Director of the Visual & Digital Cultures Research Center (ViDi) at the University of Antwerp.
As a visual sociologist and communication scientist, he published widely on visual research methodologies, visual ethics, family photography, web site analysis, anthropological filmmaking, visual corporate culture, urban culture, and scientific visualization. Books include: Visual Cultures of Science (UPNE, 2006), The Sage Handbook of Visual Research Methods (2011, together with E. Margolis), and Reframing Visual Social Science. Towards a More Visual Sociology and Anthropology, (Cambridge University Press, 2015).
Pauwels is Vice-President of the International Visual Sociology Association (IVSA), a Past Chair of the ICA Visual Communication Studies Division, and former Vice-President and board member of the International Visual Literacy Association (IVLA). He serves on the Editorial Board of Visual Studies (Routledge), Visual Communication (Sage Publications) and the Journal of Visual Literacy (IVLA).