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Dr. Coralie Darcis PhD Houston Family Research Fellow, U of S

Dr. Coralie Darcis is a Houston Family Research Fellow and will be working in collaboration with JSGS and the Canadian Centre for the Study of Co-operatives on a large-scale qualitative and quantitative study aimed at evaluating a co-operative community clinic model.

Areas of Interest

  • Healthcare systems governance
  • Community-based healthcare initiatives
  • Health networks governance and coordination


Dr. Coralie Darcis is a sociologist interested in healthcare systems governance, community-based healthcare initiatives, and health network governance and coordination. Coralie earned her PhD in Social and Political Sciences at the University of Liège, Belgium.

Her thesis, “Keeping the myth alive: Network coordinators facing the challenges of public action in the Belgian mental health sector,” focused on the new mental health policies in Belgium, the new governance structures they introduced into the field, the (new) stakeholders and the relationships between them, and, more broadly, the type of change they induced.

While completing her doctoral studies, she worked at the Centre for Research and Sociological Intervention (CRIS) of the University of Liège, both as a researcher and teaching assistant. As a researcher, she took part in a large-scale research project involving several Belgian universities, aimed at evaluating the implementation process of a new forensic policy. She has also taken part in action research projects for healthcare networks set up under various health policies. 

As an assistant, she was in charge of several seminars and courses in methodology and sociology for students in the Master's program in Labor Sciences. She was also responsible for the administrative coordination of the master's program and student supervision. In autumn 2022, she was invited to take part in an Erasmus+ teaching mobility program at Østfold University College, where she lectured to public health students. 


  • Doctor of Social and Political Sciences, University of Liège, Belgium
  • Master of Sociology, University of Liège, Belgium

Current Research

As a Houston Family Research Fellow, Dr. Coralie will be taking part in a large-scale qualitative and quantitative research aiming at evaluating the Co-operative Community Clinic Model project, which involves  comparison of the standard physician-led model of primary care in Saskatchewan with a team-based approach, embedded in a co-operative business model.

Select Publications

Peer-Reviewed Publications

  1. Darcis, C., Schoenaers, F., & Thunus, S. (2021). The Belgian mental health reform: When a combination of soft instruments hampers structural change. Governance, 1–20. https://doi.org/10.1111/gove.12608
  2. Darcis, C., & Thunus, S. (2020). What do coordinators do? Mental health policy implementation as translation. Administrative Sciences, 10(1), 9.
  3. Pans, M., Darcis, C., Leys, M., Thunus, S., & Schoenaers, F. (April 2017). Het Belgische interneringsbeleid als een voorbeeld van hybride bestuur. Tijdschrift voor Bestuurswetenschappen en Publiekrecht, 4, 211 - 221.