In April 2017 Belia joined Leyden Academy as a PhD candidate, where she researches the image of older people. Belia has completed her Bachelor’s degree in Cultural Anthropology and Development Studies and a research master in Social Cultural Science at Radboud University Nijmegen. Before and during her studies Belia worked at a housing cooperation amongst others, and she did research in both Europe and South-East Asia. She joins the summer school as an expert on how to approach individuals with chronic disease and with expertise in the wishes and ambitions of seniors.