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Staff members with discipline Social Sciences, Interdisciplinary

Academia develops at the interface of different fields. This is one reason why the University of Groningen is home to a wide range of fields, each with a great number of subject specialists. The overview below, which is based on a standard categorization of fields, will help you find the right expert for each field. If you cannot find the expert you are looking for in this list, try searching via a related field or faculty; you may find him or her there.

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International relief expert with over 17 years of practical, managerial and high level research and innovation technology design and utilization. Lived in developed, developing and emergency contexts. Worked with and is afilliated with a variety of international agencies. Has spent years in Kosovo, Eritrea, Sri Lanka, DRC, UK, NL, IL and globally as part of operational response teams, management and as strategic consultant for non profits, social innovation projects and corporate responsibility investments.

Academically, teaches and supervises Ma level. Research interests: organisational learning and change, information management, disaster and innovation and new solution management and integration.

Specialist areas:
Rapid and technical assessments; Needs assessment; Monitoring & Evaluation; Capacity building; Real Time and Post Evaluations; Organisational Learning; Organisational change processes; Management coaching; Innovation in the third sector and, Not for profit start-ups.
 
C. (Chamutal) Afek-Eitam
Contact
c.eitam rug.nl
Function
PhD student
I am working on the history of education. Important research topics are: development of secondary education (especially, h.b.s., gymnasium, m.m.s., Law of Secondary Education 1963); equal opportunities (Dutch experiments with comprehensive education in the 1970-1980s) and educational reform.
dr. H.T.A. (Hilda) Amsing
Contact
h.t.a.amsing rug.nl
+31 50 36 36498
Function
Director of Education Pedagogical and Educational Sciences/Associate professor/ Head of SPO
My current work focuses on epistemology of Big Data, and on knowledge systems and data infrastructures for sustainability and energy transition

Other areas of interest: interaction between innovation, technology and culture; interdisciplinary collaboration; data visualisations and visual culture
dr. J.A. (Anne) Beaulieu
Contact
j.a.beaulieu rug.nl
Function
Associate Professor of Science and Technology Studies; Director Data Research Centre
Migration Law, Children's rights law, Human Rights law, Fundamental Rights law, European Law, Administrative Law, Environmental law, Water law
mr. D. (Daan) Beltman
Contact
d.beltman rug.nl
Function
PhD candidate
prof. dr. C.F. (Caspar) van den Berg
Contact
c.f.van.den.berg rug.nl
+31 58 205 5000
Function
Professor in Global and Local Governance
International Business, Globalization, Cultural Differences, National Identity
prof. dr. S. (Sjoerd) Beugelsdijk
Contact
s.beugelsdijk rug.nl
+31 50 36 39095
Function
Professor
After my education in communication science, social psychology and sociology, I started my PhD project in August 2017 in the department Health Psychology. My project (financed by the Dutch Cancer Society (KWF Kankerbestrijding)) is on the care needs of cancer patients who suffer from depressive symptoms. During my project, I will conduct three studies; the first is an ESM study on depressive symptoms to see which symptoms are most central in cancer patients. The second study is a longitudinal study to examine how barriers, coping mechanisms, social support levels, and illness perceptions make that a large group of cancer patients with depressive symptoms does not seek help for these symptoms. In this study we will also examine if depressive symptoms decrease over time and how this relates to coping mechanisms, social support levels and illness perceptions. In a qualitative study, we will examine underlying ideas, goal dis- and re-engagement, and ask people who did seek psychological care why they decided to do so.
My project is supervised by Dr. M.J. Schroevers, Prof. Dr. A.V. Ranchor and Dr. J. Fleer.
E.A. (Esmée) Bickel
Contact
e.a.bickel umcg.nl
Function
PhD Candidate
dr. K.M. Bijlsma-Frankema
Contact
k.m.bijlsma-frankema rug.nl
Function
Senior Researcher
The focal point of my research is about 'governance', 'adaptive capacity' and the relation between the two.
No picture available
Contact
i.t.j.bousema rug.nl
Function
PhD Candidate
(Historical) demography; Family and kinship relations; Health; Nutritional status; Gender; Inequalities
dr. H.A.J. (Hilde) Bras
Contact
h.a.j.bras rug.nl
Function
Associate Professor & Rosalind Franklin Fellow
Policy studies
dr. B. (Barbara) Brink
Contact
b.brink rug.nl
+31 50 36 35675
Function
Lecturer Policy studies
Professional Development
Social Networks
Higher and Vocational Education
(Professional) Learning Communities
Workplace learning
Life long learning 
J. (Jasperina) Brouwer, PhD
Contact
jasperina.brouwer rug.nl
Function
Assistant Professor
V.L. (Vera) Buijs, MSc
Contact
v.l.buijs rug.nl
Function
PhD student
dr. N.A. (Nienke) Busscher
Contact
n.a.busscher rug.nl
Function
Projectcoördinator Kennisplatform Leefbaar en Kansrijk Groningen

Ecology
Wildlife
Animal Geographies
Multiespecies Studies
Urban Biodiversity
Human-Animal Relationships
Wildlife Conservation
Bats
M.A. (Angelica) Caiza Villegas
Contact
m.a.caiza.villegas rug.nl
Function
Global and regional governance, international finance, non-state actors, science and technology
M.A. (Malcolm) Campbell-Verduyn, PhD
Contact
m.a.campbell-verduyn rug.nl
Function
Information Policy

Technology Law

Data Protection Law

Cybercrime

Privacy

Security Sciences

Internet Governance

Privacy, communication technologies and indigenous peoples
prof. dr. J.A. (Joseph / a.k.a. Joe) Cannataci
Contact
j.a.cannataci step-rug.nl
Function
Chair in European Information Policy & Technology Law
Strategy
dr. C. (Charlie) Carroll
Contact
c.carroll rug.nl
+31 50 36 33626
Function
Assistant Professor
Digital anthropology; digital ethnography; digital culture; forced migration; media anthropology; Middle-East; mobility and digital media; politics; Turkey; social media;
E.I.G. (Elisabetta) Costa, PhD
Contact
e.i.g.costa rug.nl
Function
Assistant Professor
No picture available
Contact
j.j.h.dekker rug.nl
+31 50 36 36497
Function
Professor of History and Philosophy of Education
Social-economic History, Europe since 1750, European Regional Development. The Netherlands and its regions, Historical Network Analysis, Public History.
prof. dr. M.G.J. (Maarten G J) Duijvendak
Contact
m.g.j.duijvendak rug.nl
+31 50 36 33678
Function
Professor of Economic, Social & Regional History
F.H. (Flávio) Eiró de Oliveira
Contact
f.eiro rug.nl
Function
Lecturer
- Science and Technology Studies
- Knowledge Infrastructures (Knowledge production processes) 
- Epistemology of big data/algorithms
- Politics/Normativity in the more-than-human world
S. (Selen) Eren, MSc
Contact
s.eren rug.nl
Function
PhD Researcher in Science and Technology Studies
team effectiveness, cooperation between teams and between organizations. crisis management, information processing
dr. P.J.M.D. (Peter) Essens
Contact
p.j.m.d.essens rug.nl
Function
Director Center of Expertise HRM & Organizational Behavior
New Media ~ Digital Democracy ~ Social Networks 
M. (Marc Esteve Del Valle) Esteve Del Valle, PhD
Contact
m.esteve.del.valle rug.nl
+31 50 36 35812
Function
Social integration, Cooperation, Social networks, Agent-based modelling, Social complexity
prof. dr. A. (Andreas) Flache
Contact
a.flache rug.nl
+31 50 36 36214
Function
Professor
Sociolinguistics, Discourse Analysis, Multilingualism
prof. dr. J.M. (Janet) Fuller
Contact
j.m.fuller rug.nl
Function
Survey Methodology: mixed-mode and mixed-device surveys, targeting of hard-to-survey populations, interviewer-respondent interaction.

Research methods: qualitative and quantitative
M. (Marieke) van Gerner-Haan, PhD
Contact
marieke.haan rug.nl
Function
Assistant Professor
Ethnography, African studies, Children and youth, Migration, Diversity&inclusion, Applied anthropology
drs. I. (Imke) Gooskens
Contact
i.gooskens rug.nl
Function
Lecturer Qualitative Research Methods
Citizenship Education
Learning for Sustainable Development
dr. L.J.F. (Laurence) Guérin
Contact
l.j.f.guerin rug.nl
Function
Assistant Professor en coordinator Ethics of Education
Child nutrition, Global Health, Capability Approach, Inequalities
prof. dr. ir. H.H. (Hinke) Haisma
Contact
h.h.haisma rug.nl
+31 50 36 38654 /389 8
Function
Rosalind Franklin Fellow
- Affect and affective disorders
- Psychopathology
- Open Science

More info: https://heiningave.github.io/aboutme
dr. V.E. (Vera) Heininga
Contact
v.e.heininga rug.nl
Function
Postdoctoral researcher
My current work focuses on the influence of place-specific sociotechnical imaginaries on governance processes related to the transition towards a circular economy. 

Particular fields of interest in this perspective are: imagined futures, the governance of innovations, science and technology studies, the politics of sustainability transitions.
A. (Abe) Hendriks
Contact
abe.hendriks rug.nl
Function
PhD student
Linguistics, semantics, pragmatics, language development, cognitive science, language and autism
prof. dr. P. (Petra) Hendriks
Contact
p.hendriks rug.nl
+31 50 36 35863
Function
Professor of Semantics and Cognition
Citizen Science, Sociolinguistics, Experimental Linguistics, Phonetics,
dr. N.H. (Nanna) Hilton
Contact
n.h.hilton rug.nl
+31 50 36 39462
Function
Associate Professor
Middle East (Gulf-region)
State-Society Relations
Political Economy
International Relations
Media
G.J. (Gertjan) Hoetjes, MSc
Contact
g.j.hoetjes rug.nl
Function
Lecturer
Institutionele communicatie
Conversatieanalyse
Jeugdzorg
Geestelijke gezondheidszorg
Cohortstudies
Kwantitatieve data-analyse
M. (Margot) Jager
Contact
m.jager02 umcg.nl
+31 50 361 6629
Function
Postdoctoral researcher
Social complexity, agent based simulation, innovation diffusion, opinion dynamics
dr. W. (Wander) Jager
Contact
w.jager rug.nl
+31 6 3618 4622
Function
Associate Professor, Managing director of Groningen Center for Social Complexity Studies (GCSCS)
Research, development, consultancy
dr. E.P.W.A. (Ellen) Jansen
Contact
e.p.w.a.jansen rug.nl
Function
Associate Professor Teacher Education
R.M. (Rachel) Johnston-White, PhD
Contact
r.m.johnston-white rug.nl
Function
Assistant Professor
Health Outcome Measurement
dr. P.F.M. (Paul) Krabbe
Contact
p.f.m.krabbe umcg.nl
+31 6 5170 1692
Function
Head Unit Patient-Centered HTA
-  Young people's development in the social context
-  Peer dynamics and their antecedents and outcomes
-  Transition processes from adolescence through adulthood
-  Quantitative methods to model development
dr. T. (Tina) Kretschmer
Contact
t.kretschmer rug.nl
Function
Associate Professor
leadership in planning processes
planning theory
post-growth planning
regional and state planning
research-practice interfaces
roles of planners
spatial transformations
dr. C.W. (Christian) Lamker
Contact
c.w.lamker rug.nl
Function
Assistant Professor Sustainable Transformation and Regional Planning
Infrastructure Planning: Management in Planning
Adaptiive Planning and Programming
Public-public and Public-private cooperation
Project- and program management
Market systems and dynamic contracting
Governance en institutional design
prof. ir. W.L. (wim) Leendertse
Contact
w.l.leendertse rug.nl
Function
Professor Management in Infrastructure Planning
History and politics
Culture, memory, identity, and heritage
Central and Eastern Europe, especially Western Balkans/the former Yugoslavia
Language and literature, film and media
J.W. (James) Leigh, MA
Contact
j.w.leigh rug.nl
+31 50 36 35393
Function
Lecturer & PhD student - MA Euroculture
Benjamin Leruth is an Assistant Professor in Politics and Society specializing in comparative politics and social policy, Euroscepticism, democratic innovations, and differentiated European (dis)integration. Prior to joining the University of Groningen, he worked as Assistant Professor in Politics and Public Administration at the University of Canberra (2017-19), as a Research Associate at the University of Kent (2015-17) and as a Teaching Fellow in French and European Politics at the University of Bath (2014). He also held a visiting fellowship at the ARENA Centre for European Studies (University of Oslo). He holds a Ph.D. in Politics from the University of Edinburgh, a LL.M. in European Law from the University of Kent and a BA in Political Science from the University of Namur.

He is the co-author and co-editor of various books, such as Euroscepticism as a Transnational and pan-European Phenomenon (Routledge, 2017); After Austerity (Oxford University Press, 2017); the Routledge Handbook of Euroscepticism (Routledge, 2018); Attitudes, Aspirations and Welfare (Palgrave, 2018); and Differentiated Integration and Disintegration in a Post-Brexit Era (Routledge, 2020). His articles have been published in journals such as Policy & Politics, the Journal of European Public Policy, the Journal of Common Market Studies, Politics, Comparative European Politics, and Social Policy & Administration. He is the co-founder and co-director of the UACES-funded Research Network on “Differentiated Integration in the European Union after Brexit”.
B.J.J. (Benjamin) Leruth, PhD
Contact
b.j.j.leruth rug.nl
Function
Assistant Professor
T.A. (Thomas) Lowe, MSc
Contact
t.a.lowe rug.nl
Function
E.D. (Elok) Malay, MA
Contact
e.d.malay rug.nl
Function
PhD student
multi-level perspective, system transition, industrial symbiosis, agent-based modelling
A.S. (Amtul Samie) Maqbool, MSc
Contact
a.s.maqbool rug.nl
Function
Dark tourism;
Nuclear tourism;
Geographies of feelings, emotions, affects and senses; 
Anthropology of tourism;
Anthropology of disaster;
Japan studies.
A. Martini, PhD
Contact
a.martini rug.nl
Function
Reading in Prison, quantitative research into reading experience, reader-response investigation, Prison systems in South America, literary representation of marginal groups, early modern urban history (in particular Madrid), Microhistory
dr. K. (Konstantin) Mierau
Contact
k.mierau rug.nl
Function
Senior Lecturer
My main research interests and activities are located in (the intersections of) the areas:
 > Adaptive Planning and Responsiveness
 > Governance and Networks
 > Infrastructure Planning
 > Institutional Theory, Analysis, and Design
 > Network of Networks, System of Systems 
 > Policy Coordination and Integration
 > Scenario and Delphi Studies
 > Serious Gaming
M.R. (Robin) Neef
Contact
robin.neef rug.nl
Function
PhD Researcher
T.V.Q. (Thai) Nguyen, MSc
Contact
t.v.q.nguyen rug.nl
Function
PhD student
Sustainable Mobility : Child-Friendly Spatial Planning, Shared Space, Traffic Safety
Evaluation: Effectiveness of Impact Assessments
dr. F. (Femke) Niekerk
Contact
f.niekerk rug.nl
Function
Assistant Professor in Spatial Planning
The implementation and effectiveness of innovations in health care management and organisation. A central theme is how to realise a dynamic fit between the innovation content and context on the one hand and the implementation strategy on the other hand. One line of research concentrates on new occupations, job differentiation and professional projects in healthcare. The second line concerns health information systems and Ehealth implementation.
dr. M.A.G. (Marjolein) van Offenbeek
Contact
m.a.g.van.offenbeek rug.nl
+31 50 36 34303
Function
Associate Professor
Embodiment, mobilities, technology, biosocial, emotion, methods
dr. T. (Tess) Osborne
Contact
t.osborne rug.nl
Function
Researcher & Lecturer
My research interest lies in the area of the legal and sociological questions surrounding digitalization in the public sector.
mr. dr. M.H. (Mathieu) Paapst
Contact
m.h.paapst rug.nl
Function
Assistant professor
Qualitative research methodology; Local Economic Research Development; Dialogue in Management teams
dr. B.J.W. (Bartjan) Pennink
Contact
b.j.w.pennink rug.nl
+31 50 36 33243
Function
Assistant Professor
Bullying, group processes and social status
Peer relations (social networks)
Intervention research 
Quantitative research methods for longitudinal research


dr. R. (Rozemarijn) van der Ploeg
Contact
rozemarijn.van.der.ploeg rug.nl
Function
Assistant professor
Citizenship education, history of pedagogy and education policy, science and technology studies, political and continental philosophy
P.D. (Pieter) van Rees, MA
Contact
p.d.van.rees rug.nl
Function
PhD-student
N. (Nienke) Renting
Contact
n.renting rug.nl
+31 50 36 37438
Function
Assistant Professor
prof. dr. J. (Ko) de Ridder
Contact
j.de.ridder rug.nl
+31 50 36 35673
Function
professor of comparative public management
No picture available
Contact
r.h.rijnks rug.nl
Function
PhD. Candidate
International Relations - international political economy - social aspects of trade policy - Caribbean - regionalization - legitimacy - institutional development - political change
dr. G.C. (Gerda) van Roozendaal
Contact
g.c.van.roozendaal rug.nl
+31 50 36 35969
Function
Associate Professor IRIO.
Environmental Leadership 
Pro-Environmental Behavior
H.C. Saral
Contact
h.c.saral rug.nl
Function
PhD student
Media studies, user studies & STS, co-creation practices, Living lab methodologies, Digital Humanities, Information studies
dr. S.C. (Sabrina) Sauer
Contact
s.c.sauer rug.nl
Function
Assistant professor Media Studies
Arctic social Science, Stakeholder involvement, Interdisciplinary research
dr. A.J.M. (Annette) Scheepstra
Contact
a.j.m.scheepstra rug.nl
+31 50 36 35826
Function
coordinator external collaboration
philosophy and theory of science, science communication, theory of psychology and the cognitive sciences, philosophy of psychiatry, ethics of the neurosciences, interdisciplinary research and teaching, teaching to different audiences within and outside of the university
dr. S. (Stephan) Schleim, MA
Contact
s.schleim rug.nl
Function
Associate Professor
Qualitative research; urban ethnography; Geographic Information System (GIS); urbanism; the body; Othering; aesthetic/cultural consumption; taste; cultural capital
R. (Reza) Shaker Ardekani
Contact
r.shaker.ardekani rug.nl
Function
PhD student
Science education in out-of-school context and science identity.
T.S. (Theila) Smith
Contact
t.s.smith rug.nl
Function
PhD student
Geography; tourism geographies; tourism planning; border studies; regional development; governance; sense of place; geotourism
dr. H.J.W. (Arie) Stoffelen
Contact
h.j.w.stoffelen rug.nl
+31 50 36 33888
Function
Religion, Conflict, Peacebuilding and Reconciliation; Religion and Politics; Community Development; Civil Society and Social Movements
dr. J. (Joram) Tarusarira
Contact
j.tarusarira rug.nl
Function
Assistant Professor of Religion, Conflict and Peacebuilding
Youth studies; social and educational youth issues; youth participation
prof. dr. M.C. (Greetje) Timmerman
Contact
m.c.timmerman rug.nl
+31 50 36 36235
Function
Full Professor
Pablo Tittonell is Principal Research Scientist by Argentina’s National Council for Science and Technology (CONICET) with a seat at the Instituto Nacional de Tecnología Agropecuaria(INTA), in San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina, and holds a part time WWF-endorsed Chair Professorship on Resilient Landscapes by the Groningen Institute of Evolutionary Life Sciences, in The Netherlands. He is the former national coordinator of the Natural Resources and Environment Program of INTA and former Chair Professor of Farming Systems Ecology at Wageningen University, in The Netherlands. He acts as external Professor at the Ecole Doctorale GAïA of the University of Montpellier, France and at the National University of Lomas de Zamora, Buenos Aires, Argentina. He is an agronomist by training and worked both in the private sector and in academic/research organisations. He holds a PhD in Production Ecology and Resource Conservation and his areas of expertise include soil fertility, agroecology, biodiversity and farming systems analysis. He participated in a diversity of research and development projects around the world on design, resilience and adaptation of farming systems, with a focus on social-ecological processes at the agriculture-nature interphase. His career in the international research arena (UN-CGIAR) started at the Tropical Soil Biology and Fertility (TSBF) Institute of CIAT in Nairobi, Kenya, and includes a period at the University of Zimbabwe, where he run research and educational programmes on soil fertility, conservation agriculture and agroecosystems modelling. He worked at CIRAD (Centre de coopération Internationale en Recherche Agronomique pour le Développement) in Montpellier, France where he led a research team on Systems Design and Evaluation with activities in La Réunion, Brazil, Vietnam, Burkina Faso, Cameroun, Benin, Kenya and Zimbabwe. He is a board member of the Montpellier-based Agropolis Foundation, of the Latin American Society for Agroecology (SOCLA). Chief editor of Agricultural Systems and editorial board member of the journals Global Food Security, Agronomy for Sustainable Development and Land Degradation and Development. He published more than 100 scientific papers in international journals, consults for the FAO and for three of the collaborative CGIAR programs, and supervises a number of PhD students with fieldwork in Europe, Latin America, Asia and Africa.
prof. dr. P.A. (Pablo) Tittonell
Contact
p.a.tittonell rug.nl
Function
Keywords to describe research:
social impact assessment and management; social performance; social licence to operate; social sustainability; sense of place; place attachment; community engagement; public participation; corporate social responsibility; human rights impact assessment; social aspects of climate change; social aspects of natural resource management; technology assessment; applied social research; cultural geography (social/human geography); environmental sociology; rural sociology; sociology of food and agriculture

Other matters to note:

Prof Vanclay was awarded the 2014 Individual Award from the International Association for Impact Assessment for his sustained contribution to the theory and practice of social impact assessment.
 
Prof Vanclay has been a visiting professor with: the University of Eastern Finland, 2012; the University of Sao Paulo (San Carlos campus), Brazil,  2012; the University of Southern Queensland, 2016; National Taiwan University, 2017; and the North West A&F University, China, 2017. 

Prof Vanclay
was President of the International Rural Sociology Association from 2000 to 2004. He also has a long affiliation with the International Association for Impact Assessment including sometime member of the Board of Directors, and various Committee Chair appointments 
prof. dr. F.M.D. (Frank) Vanclay
Contact
frank.vanclay rug.nl
+31 50 36 38657
Function
Professor of Cultural Geography, Director Urban & Regional Studies Institute
* Cooperation/collaboration within and between teams, work groups, and organizations (i.e., boundary spanning).
* Innovative organizational designs, such as multiteam systems, that can be used for combining the unique expertise of diverse groups in complex and dynamic task environments.
No picture available
Contact
thom.de.vries rug.nl
+31 50 36 39377
Function
Assistant professor
dr. ir. S.G. (Gerd) Weitkamp
Contact
s.g.weitkamp rug.nl
Function
Assistant Professor
I am interested in relationships around entrepreneurs, be them personal relationships that provide the enterpreneur with support, or startups' relationships with stakeholders, and how these make it possible for small businesses to thrive.
S.R. (Sean) White, PhD
Contact
s.r.white rug.nl
Function
Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship
European integration, climate and energy, trade policy, strategy and foresight, European law, WTO law
prof. mr. dr. J. (Jochem) Wiers, PhD
Contact
j.wiers rug.nl
Function
bijzonder hoogleraar beleidsontwikkeling van de Nederlandse buitenlandse betrekkingen
See website ESRIG / Science & Society Group: http://www.rug.nl/research/science-society-group/
dr. H.J. (Henny J) van der Windt
Contact
h.j.van.der.windt rug.nl
+31 50 36 32280
Function
Associate Professor
Public administration; administrative law; procedural law; migration law; asylum law; regulation; enforcement and supervision
prof. dr. H.B. (Heinrich) Winter
Contact
h.b.winter rug.nl
Function
Professor Public Administration
public policy and governance, with a particular focus on wellbeing, health and poverty
S. (Sepideh) Yousefzadeh Faal Daghati
Contact
s.yousefzadeh rug.nl
Function
prof. dr. J.J.M. (Jacques) Zeelen
Contact
j.j.m.zeelen rug.nl
+31 50 36 35303 /651 0
Function
Full professor and Associate professor
Global Health, Buruli ulcer, education in Competency Development, quantitative and qualitative data analysis
No picture available
Contact
j.de.zeeuw umcg.nl
Function
LC Director Global Health
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