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    The Netherlands is increasingly turning into a network community, at the risk of splitting up our society. There are people with good job opportunities and those who are less successful. People who are highly educated and those with a lower education. There is also a pay gap between women and men in certain professions, even though they do the same work. As a university of applied sciences, we want to promote participation and inclusion. So that every individual has equal rights and opportunities to participate actively and so that people can live together in dignity, equality and solidarity.

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    These values play an important role in our education and direct our research. They are not only about a concept such as inclusion, but also about empowerment, emancipation and equal opportunities. After all, diversity in society is an important impulse for social and economic progress. Participation is not a matter of course. It requires active commitment from citizens, businesses, care institutions, schools and regional, local and national government.

    Our research on inclusive society

    Our research on inclusive society

    Our researchers map out the possibilities and bottlenecks in collaboration with partners in the field. For example, our research focuses on the transition from protected to more supervised types of housing for people with a psychiatric background or on finding jobs for refugees with residence permits. Research that contributes to the promotion of inclusiveness in our society and helps to break taboos and prejudices.

    How do you regain control over your body, mind and well-being? An example of a question that Professor Jooske van Busschbach and her team are looking into.

    Exercise and a positive body experience are very important to our well-being. Within psychomotor therapy (PMT) an important and wide range of movement-based and body-oriented interventions has been developed over the last few decades. They are widely used when well-being and quality of life are at risk due to psychosocial or psychiatric problems. Research within the professorship focuses on the efficacy, effect and potential use of these different movement-based and body-oriented interventions.

    Want to know more? Contact Professor Jooske van Busschbach via +31 88 469 7968 (phone) or email(opens in new tab)

    From ICT floors that register movement patterns to apps in gym class. Professor Ivo van Hilvoorde and his team focus on sport-related didactic innovations. They conduct research into people's movement and sports behaviour, particularly within the context of the school and sports club. 

    The research is practice-based. This means that lecturers of physical education can apply the knowledge from research directly in their work. Examples of questions that come up for discussion are: How do children learn to move, and how do we improve motor learning? What is the social role and significance of sport? What is the relationship between the sports club and physical education? What are the social effects of a certain sports policy?

    Want to know more? Contact Professor Ivo van Hilvoorde via +31 88 469 9162 (phone) or email(opens in new tab).

    The research conducted by Professor Liesbeth Hermans and her team focuses on how journalism can contribute to solving all kinds of societal issues in a changing society: promoting greater tolerance and understanding, depolarization, increasing the involvement and trust of citizens.

    Inclusive journalism with a solution-oriented, action-oriented and forward-looking approach can be relevant to individuals as well as to society. Research into the consequences for professional views in the sector, the content of the product and the impact on the public is central.

    Want to know more? Contact Professor Liesbeth Hermans via +31 88 469 7394 (phone) or email(opens in new tab).

    A society in which everyone has equal opportunities when it comes to well-being and health, in relation to both the physical and social environment. That is what Natascha Notten's professorship is committed to.  

    The professorship conducts practice-oriented research into the opportunities, challenges and potential of a healthy society. They focus on reducing socio-economic differences in good health and well-being by supporting vulnerable groups in society. They contribute to prevention by using the intergenerational transfer of social inequality as a central and overarching theme.

    Want to know more? Contact Project Coordinator Lydia van Koningsveld via +31 88 469 9999 (phone) or email(opens in new tab).

    Alie Weerman's professorship has both feet firmly planted and is active in the professional field. Their research focuses on how to prevent the neglect of vulnerable people. To make sure that this is seen in good time, so that counselling or treatment can be provided.

    The professorship focuses on strengthening the link between mental health care and society. So that vulnerable people with mental or addiction problems, often involving other problems such as debt, loss of work and income or a disability, also receive the help they really need in time. In this respect, experience is the basis for proper care and services.

    Want to know more? Contact Professor Alie Weerman via +31 6 5753 9885 (phone) or email(opens in new tab).

    Contributing to the health and well-being of people with dementia and their families by conducting practice-based research. This is what Simone de Bruin’s professorship is dedicated to. 

    The number of people with dementia is rising sharply. Many of them prefer to live in their own homes for as long as possible. By conducting practice-based research, the Research Group and Centre of Expertise for Living Well with Dementia aims to contribute to better lives for people with dementia and their families. In our group we mainly focus on people’s abilities rather than on the limitations and challenges posed by the disease. This implies that important themes in our work include autonomy, dignity, inclusion, meaningfulness, participation, and well-being of people with dementia and their families. Research lines of our group are:

    1. the meaning of living well with dementia; 
    2. innovations in the living and care environments of people with dementia, and 
    3. access to and alignment of dementia care and support services. 

    Our research designs are often guided by the principles of participatory action research, including co-creation between stakeholders from research, practice, and education.

    Want to know more? Contact Simone de Bruin via email(opens in new tab)

    Every child is entitled to care, equal opportunities and safety. But how do you forge ties between parents, education and the youth sector? That’s the focus of Professor Dorien Graas and her team.

    Not only parents, but also co-educators, professionals in the youth sector and the government bear responsibility for how young people grow up. The professorship works with practice-based scientific research on questions in this area that are relevant to various organizations and institutions. This is how we, as researchers and as a university of applied sciences, actively contribute to a safe environment for the upbringing of children.

    Want to know more? Contact Project Coordinator Tanja Kers via +31 88 469 9773 (phone) or email(opens in new tab).

    A society in which everyone can participate in his or her own way. That's what the professorship wants to work for. Customer stories in their own context are the starting point for our research to be able to provide customized care and support. 

    Issues to be addressed include, for example: What do people with disabilities need to participate in the job market? What is inclusive language, how do you tune your language to people with various language abilities? What do young people in residential youth care need in order to rejoin society? 

    Want to know more? Contact Project Coordinator Brigitte Toes via +31 88 469 9582 (phone) or email(opens in new tab).

    Lector Hanno van Keulen and his team are investigating how you can enrich education with technology, art, play and good school leadership.

    With its innovative projects and research the professorship wants to help create rich(er) learning environments and to support professionals in guiding their pupils or students. In addition, we want to offer support to managers so that they can examine, supervise and stimulate the professionalism of their employees themselves.

    Want to know more? Contact Project Coordinator Brigitte Toes via +31 88 469 9582 (phone) or email(opens in new tab).

    How do you organize education in such a way that all learners learn optimally? Professor Sui Lin Goei and her team examine the question of how to make learning inclusive.

    Inclusive learning environments are environments in which all learners have the opportunity to learn and develop -- with due regard for the various goals of education -- with a positive attitude towards learners' aspirations and respect for differences between learners. The professorship explicitly involves the study programmes and their (future) professionals in its research by allowing students to (co-)participate. The professorship wants to make an important theoretical and practical contribution to study programmes and the professional field.

    Want to know more? Contact Professor Sui Lin Goei via +31 88 469 8949 (phone)(opens in new tab) or email(opens in new tab)Read more 

    How can journalistic practice contribute (even) better to the quality of living (together) in a democracy? How, for example, do you involve citizens in the news, so that it really comes to life for them? Lector Nico Drok and his team are looking for answers.

    The central question is how news media can play a decisive role in increasing that type of social involvement of people - from all layers and subcultures of society - and in tackling social issues. Themes covered in this research are social cohesion, inclusiveness, the changing interpretation of citizenship and the quality of public judgement. 

    Want to know more? Contact Professor Nico Drok via +31 88 469 8499 (phone) or email(opens in new tab).

    Our labour market continues to evolve and employment relationships change with it. Anneke Goudswaard's professorship combines sustainable craftsmanship with a sustainable economy. 

    All technological developments make great demands on the flexibility and learning capacity of companies and workers. Entrepreneurs, educational institutions and public authorities in the area share the common challenge of strengthening the competitiveness of local businesses. The professorship actively supports the area in this. For example, with knowledge about how SMEs can grow with flexibility and inclusiveness. Or with knowledge about how public and private partners can collaborate to strengthen the professionalism and agility of the entire workforce.

    Want to know more? Contact Project Coordinator Brigitte Toes via +31 88 469 9582 (phone) or email(opens in new tab).

    Our education is continuously challenged to take a position with regard to ICT innovations. Our professor Anneke Smits offers schools the necessary guidance.

    The aim of education is for pupils and students to learn to live together in a knowledge society that is now characterized by diversity. A complex society, which is profoundly influenced by ICT developments. This requires a lot from teachers. They create - together with others - an environment in which all pupils and all students can develop into well-informed, autonomous, socially responsible participants in society. Within our professorship, we connect educational innovation with relevant technologies.

    Want to know more? Contact Professor Anneke Smits via +31 88 469 9933 (phone) or email(opens in new tab).

    How do you create a school environment that promotes learning and prevents behavioural problems? The PBS expertise centre provides schools with the necessary guidance.

    (SW)PBS stands for (School Wide) Positive Behaviour Support. The aim of the PBS approach is to systematically tackle and prevent school-wide problem behaviour in schools. By training and supervising staff, carrying out practice-based research and developing and sharing knowledge and experience, our centre of expertise contributes to the implementation of (SW)PBS at a large number of schools. They work together in networks of schools in primary education, secondary education, special education and senior secondary vocational education (MBO).

    Want to know more? Contact Joke Kamstra via email.(opens in new tab)

    Every employee has different qualities. How do you turn such differences into added value? That’s the focus of research conducted by Professor Sjiera de Vries and her team.

    How does your organization become attractive to a broad group of employees? And how do you prevent people from finding an organization unattractive or from finding themselves unable to work there because they are 'different', for example in terms of gender, age or physical or psychological abilities? Through practice-based research into social innovation, the professorship aims to answer these questions. They look at the various qualities of employees and how to turn all these differences into added value.
    Want to know more? Contact Professor Sjiera de Vries via +31 88 469 6974 (phone) or email(opens in new tab).

    Professor Nicolette Schipper designs, initiates and carries out research with her team into sports pedagogy, so that everyone can play sports: safely and enjoyably.

    The professorship focuses on research, education and activities that ensure that people can participate in sport safely, under the guidance of competent people. Examples of research topics include unsportsmanlike behaviour, for instance aggression on the sports field, and awareness among physical education teachers of behavioural risks like sexual harassment and bullying. The aim of this professorship is for its research to contribute to a sustainable and responsible sports climate, in both elite and amateur sport as well as in education.

    Want to know more? Contact Professor Nicolette Schipper via +31 88 469 6041 (phone) or email(opens in new tab).

    Good education in science and technology starts with good teachers. That is what TechYouFuture stands for. 

    TechYourFuture makes young people aware of the role and impact of technology in our society. As a Centre of Expertise, we support technical (vocational) education in order to train more and better technicians in the future and to optimize the connection between education, training and technical companies. Together with the professional field, the Centre of Expertise carries out plenty of practice-based research and develops practical tools and methods for education and the technical labour market. 

    Want to know more? Take a look at our website(opens in new tab)


    Would you like to know more about our research, our researchers or projects? All you have to do is call or mail our information centre.

    Meet our professors

    Meet our professors

    Dr Simone de Bruin, professor

    Simone de Bruin is professor of Living Well with Dementia. Together with her team, she aims to contribute to the health and well-being of people with dementia and their families.

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    Dr Jooske van Busschbach, professor

    Dr. Jooske van Busschbach focuses in particular on research into the efficacy of psychomotor interventions in the mental healthcare sector.

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    Dr Nico Drok, professor

    Dr. Nico Drok is professor of Media & Civil Society. Themes: civil journalism, journalism education in an (inter)national perspective, and young people and news.

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    Dr. Sui Lin Goei

    As a professor, Dr Sui Lin Goei conducts research on the design of inclusive learning environments. She also works as a university lecturer at the VU and at LEARN! Learning Sciences.

    Dr Anneke Goudswaard, professor

    Professor Anneke Goudswaard conducts research into increasing the agility of companies and the workforce within the professorship of New Labour Relations.

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    Dr Dorien Graas, professor

    As professor of Youth Care, Dorien Graas conducts research at Windesheim University of Applied Sciences in the broad field of safe, healthy and promising upbringing of children and young people.

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    Dr Liesbeth Hermans, professor

    Dr. Liesbeth Hermans researches the effects of constructive journalism on the public, on the news and on professional practice in general.

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    Dr Ivo van Hilvoorde, professor

    Dr. Ivo van Hilvoorde is a sports philosopher and professor of Human Movement, School and Sport. His research includes the quality of physical education and its relationship with (organized) sports.

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    Dr Kitty Jurrius, professor

    Dr. Kitty Jurrius is professor of Client Perspective in Support and Care at Windesheim in Almere and develops research that contributes to an inclusive society.

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    Dr Hanno van Keulen, professor

    Dr. Hanno van Keulen is professor of Leadership in Education and Parenting at Windesheim in Almere and focuses mainly on the quality of parenting support and education.

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    Dr Natascha Notten, professor

    Focuses on current issues in society concerning social inequality and the intergenerational transmission of (un)equal opportunities in various fields.

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    Dr Nicolette Schipper-van Veldhoven, professor

    Van Veldhoven's research seeks to contribute to sustainable knowledge development and assurance in the field of a safe sports climate (VSK), from the perspective of educational theory.

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    Dr Anneke Smits, professor

    Dr. Anneke Smits is professor of Educational Innovation and ICT and engaged in practice-based research on educational innovation in connection with all kinds of relevant technologies.

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    Dr Sjiera de Vries, professor

    Professor Sjiera de Vries focuses on social innovations that aim to make use of the diversity of people's competences in society.

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    Research news

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