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.
Syrian diasporic communities in Europe
Her research and teaching provide insights into how data is created, synthesized and transformed into evidence. She also studies how databases, platforms and data flows shape what we know and who has access to this knowledge.
My project is supervised by Dr. M.J. Schroevers, Prof. Dr. A.V. Ranchor and Dr. J. Fleer.
Teaching: Coordinator Economic and Consumer Psychology (Bachelor, year 3), supervisor Bachelor's and Master's theses.
Research interests: I am interested in personal and group factors that drive individuals’ responses to global crises, in particular climate change. One research line I am currently working on focuses on personal and (perceived) group values. What values do individuals strongly endorse, what values do individuals perceive others to endorse, and how do such values influence individuals’ attitudes and behaviours?
Another line of research focuses on the interaction between individuals and technology, particularly within the energy domain. How can we better understand and consider the preferences and motivations of people within energy systems, how can we adjust technological innovations to user preferences and motivations, and can we give people a more active role within energy systems and the decision making about energy systems?
In my work, I collaborate with various partners in the field, such as municipalities (e.g., Groningen, Wageningen), national governments (e.g., Ministry of Economic and Climate Affairs), energy companies (Enexis, Alliander), nature organizations (e.g., WWF, Alliance for Nature, Groninger Landschap, Dutch Association of Zoos) and schools.
Supervisor of the following postdoctoral researchers:
dr. Lisa Novoradovskaya (NWO funded, TeSoPs project),
dr. Zan Mlakar (H2020 funded, CAPABLE project).
Supervisor of the following PhD students:
Carla Zhou (CSC Scholarship),
Fernanda Reintgen Kamphuis (UG ReMa fund),
Charlie Walker Clarke (NWO funded, FlexECs project),
Catho Vermeulen (joint program with University of Ghent; VLAIO/Blauwe Cluster funded, Blue Balance Project;),
Marylise Schmid (joint program with University of Ghent; VLAIO/Blauwe Cluster funded, Blue Balance Project;),
Steph Johnson Zawadzki (NWO funded, ERSAS project).
Former postdoctoral researchers:
dr. Elliot Sharpe (NWO & ERA-Net funded, TOP-UP project)
Former PhD students:
Wang Xiao (graduation 2023; joint program with Fudan University),
Nieke Lemmen (graduation 2023; NWO funded),
Lu Liu (graduation 2022; CSC Scholarship),
Data Protection Law
Privacy, communication technologies and indigenous peoples
I conduct empirical linguistic-discourse analytical research, theorise and educate about language awareness and discourse consciousness. I am an experienced and passionate researcher-educator with a sense of responsibility to nurture a future generation of critical text consumers who are also ethical, responsible and empowered communicators.
I lead on courses based on discourse analysis, often with a business/professional communication slant. I co-host the Words and Actions podcasts and am the proud co-author of the textbook Language in Business, Language at Work (working currently on the 2nd edition).
Dr Flávio Eiró (he/him) is Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Arts (Minorities & Multilingualism), University of Groningen. He is also Director of Studies of the University Minor Development Studies.
As a sociologist and political ethnographer, he has conducted ethnographic research on electoral politics and conditional cash transfers in Northeast Brazil since 2012. Flávio has published widely on issues surrounding politics, poverty and anti-poverty policies, policy implementation, and climate change adaptation, with a special focus on Brazil.
Flávio teaches and researches issues related to politics of diversity and minorities, with a focus on race and racism.
My Ph.D. project investigates (1) how bird ecologists create knowledge claims in contemporary knowledge infrastructures where the emerging and long-standing data collection and analysis techniques are used at the same time, (2) as well as how to contribute to such knowledge infrastructures by tackling credibility issues observed in the study case.
I am highly motivated to intervene with environmental research norms, practices, and tools to transform the type of knowledge they produce into a just and actionable one for multispecies liveable futures.
Climate change mitigation
Qualitative Research methods: interviews, focus groups, thematic analysis
Member Educational Committee Sociology
Social Impact Assessment
Environment, Social and Governance
Keywords: Well-being and mental health, resilience, collecting real-time data by smartphone (Experience Sampling Method), interventions, open science
In 2014, she completed her PhD at the department of Child Development and Education, University of Amsterdam (UvA). During her PhD, she developed and evaluated an intervention program (video-feedback training) for professional caregivers in center based child care. During her first postdoc at the UvA, she obtained a subsidy granted by the Dutch Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment to develop and test effectiveness of an intervention program for caregiver training in vocational education. In 2017, Helmerhorst started a second postdoc at the Department of Sociology (Family sociology) Erasmus University Rotterdam within an interdisciplinary research team in which the family is investigated within its wider context, such as the influence of socio-economic status (diversity, intergenerational transmission of inequality, policy (parental leave), and gender ideologies of men and women in modern society. She was the lead investigator of the 3HOEK study (VIDI & ERC Starting Grant by Prof. dr. Renske Keizer), which follows 104 families (fathers, mothers, and 3-year-olds) from Rotterdam. In this project, she studies parenting behavior of both fathers and mothers, parent-child interactions, family functioning, and child development in families from both relatively high as well as relatively low socioeconomic backgrounds.
Particular fields of interest in this perspective are: imagined futures, the governance of innovations, science and technology studies, the politics of sustainability transitions.
Language prestige, attitudes and ideologies
External history of Romance languages
French linguistics, French regional languages, Occitan and Catalan
regional and state planning
roles of planners
Management in Planning
Adaptive Planning and Programming
Public-public and Public-private cooperation
Project- and program management
Market systems and dynamic contracting
Governance en institutional design
Culture, memory, identity, and heritage
Central and Eastern Europe, especially Western Balkans/the former Yugoslavia
Language and literature, film and media
Experimental differentiation as an innovative form of cooperation in the European Union: Evidence from the Nordic Battlegroup, Contemporary Security Policy (Open Access)
The Routledge Handbook of Differentiation in the European Union, co-edited with Stefan Gänzle and Jarle Trondal. (Open Access Introduction)
‘Differentiation in the European Union in post-Brexit and -pandemic times: Macro-level developments with meso-level consequences’, Journal of Common Market Studies, 60:S1, 26-37 (Open Access)
Current research project:
Rebuilding Governance and Resilience out of the Pandemic (REGROUP), Horizon Europe, 2022-25
Older adult mobility experiences
I am an Assistant Professor in Political Theory at Campus Fryslân, an interdisciplinary faculty at the University of Groningen. Previously, I was a Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Cambridge and Director of Studies in Philosophy at Newnham College, Cambridge; a Junior Research Fellow at St Hilda’s College, Oxford, where I founded the St Hilda’s Feminist Salon; a Post-doctoral Research Fellow at Justitia Amplificata, Goethe University Frankfurt; and a Teaching Associate in Ethics and World Politics at the University of Cambridge. I did my PhD and MA in Political Theory at UCL (University College London). My undergraduate degree was in Politics and International Relations at the University of Manchester.
Peer relations (social networks)
Quantitative research methods for longitudinal research
Healthcare & Public sector
Corporate Social Responsibility, Socially Responsible Investing, Financial intermediation, Energy Finance, Financial institutions (banks, pension funds, insurance companies, mutual funds, etc.), International finance, Financial systems, Environmental economics, Ethical Finance.
social impact assessment; social impact management; project induced displacement & resettlement; social licence to operate; social sustainability; extractive industries & society; business & human rights; human rights impact assessment; Indigenous rights; Free, Prior & Informed Consent (FPIC); benefit sharing; community engagement; public participation; avoiding the resource curse; shared value; corporate social responsibility; university social responsibility; sense of place; place attachment; endogenous regional development; rural communities; social aspects of climate change; applied social research; rural sociology; environmental sociology; natural resource sociology; sociology of agriculture & food; human geography; cultural geography.
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 past member of its Board of Directors, and various Committee Chair appointments. He was Program Chair for the Tenth World Congress of Rural Sociology (Rio de Janiero, Brazil, 2000).
- Intensive family interventions
- Effective elements of care for FMCP
- Effectiveness studies
- Taxonomy of interventions for families with multiple and complex problems (TIFMP)
* Resilience, adaptability, and disruption management of teams and organizations;
* Team management, interventions, design, and composition;
* Management of vital infrastructure organizations;
* 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.