- Dorien Styven obtained a master’s degree in history (2009) and a master’s degree in management (2010) at the KULeuven. In 2019, she obtained an advanced Master in Archival Science at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel.
- Her research focuses on going underground in Belgium and on the impact of the General Data Protection Regulation on Holocaust remembrance. She won the Ger Schmook prize in 2019 for her research into the impact of the GDPR on the accessibility of archives about the underground.
- She represents Kazerne Dossin within the European Holocaust Research Infrastructure (EHRI), is co-chair of the Working Group on Sustainable Publishing of Metadata within the Digital Research Infrastructure for the Arts and Humanities (DARIAH), and is a member of the Archive and Contemporary section Document management within the Flemish Association for Library, Archive and Documentation (VVBAD).
- Dorien is involved in international research projects such as Mapping Hiding Places led by Dr. Dienke Hondius (University of Amsterdam), and coordinates all aspects of archive acquisition and management within Kazerne Dossin, including making archives accessible via the online image bank. She is also coordinator of the Give Them a Face (Geef ze een Gezicht) photo project.