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dr. B.E. (Brenda) Bartelink

Senior researcher / Assistant Professor


My expertise is situated in the intersections of care and religious diversity, with a strong focus on gender, sexuality and the dynamics of religion and secularity.

My research projects include research on Christianity and Pentecostalism, secularity, ethics, NGOs and faith based organisations, health and prevention, youth care, education and foster care, international development, gender based violence, female leadership, women's agency and empowerment, sexuality education and sexual health programming, polarization and sexual nationalism. 

I apply qualitative research methods, and have a particular interest in ethnographic and participatory research and creative (art-based) methodologies. 

I have conducted research in and on The Netherlands and broader Western Europe, and in Sub Sahara Africa: Uganda, Kenya, Malawi, Ghana, Tanzania, Zimbabwe and South Africa

My work is always situated on the intersections of science and society and I have ample experience with knowledge valorisation, societal impact and applied research. In this I have a particular interest in how sound academic knowledge can empower and support marginalized people and communities.

Students who want to write their thesis on one of the themes mentioned above  in relation to religion/ secularity and are interested in applying qualitative research methods may contact me.


Other positions

Fellow Centre for Religion, Conflict and the Public Domain
Last modified:01 March 2024 11.55 a.m.

Contact information

Oude Boteringestraat 38
9712 GK Groningen
The Netherlands