Brent Swinnen

PhD student

KU Leuven

Brent Swinnen is a PhD student at the Leuven School for Mass Communication. He’s currently working under supervision of Professor Laura Vandenbosch on the ERC-funded project: “Malleability in mediated ideals: A paradigm to understand effects of contemporary media in adolescents’ well-being”. His PhD project specifically pertains to the notions of malleability, performance pressure and well-being amongst adolescents.


  • Performance Pressure
  • Malleability
  • Protection Mechanisms
  • Utilitarian Individualism
  • Mental well-being


  • PhD in Communication Science, 2020 - present

    Katholieke Universiteit Leuven

  • MSc in Sociologie - Cultuur en Diversiteit, 2019

  • BSc in Politieke Wetenschappen en Sociologie, 2018