Research Social and Behavioral Sciences

Opening Herbert Simon Research Institute

In order to stimulate and facilitate cooperation between the departments within the Tilburg School for Social and Behavioral Sciences (TSB), the Herbert Simon Research Institute (HSRI) for Health, Well-being and Adaptiveness has been established.

There is an increasing need for studying complex societal problems in a more integral way, for which expertise is needed which crosses the boundaries of a specific department or discipline. Societal challenges such as healthy aging, flexibilization, inequality. 

The focus of HSRI is twofold: Facilitating the existing research programs of all nine departments of TSB and strengthening its research profile in order to increase national and international collaboration.

Opening HSRI Jaap Paauwe

Official start

On August 28, 2018 in the afternoon TSB celebrated the official start of HRSI. After a short history of the plans for establishing the HRSI, dean prof. Jantine Schuit and vice-dean for research prof. Jaap Paauwe gave a resounding launch of HRSI. The interdisciplinary research of HSRI will be focused on three cross-cutting themes. Short pitches were held on these themes.

Prof. Leon Oerlemans (Organization Studies) gave a presentation on Adaptive societies, organizations, and workers. Next prof. Jaap Denissen (Development Psychology) presented his contribution on Healthy Life Span. The third theme, Personalized Prevention and Care, was presented by prof. Dike van der Mheen (Tranzo).

Opening HSRI impression


Tilburg Experience Sampling Center (TESC) is part of HSRI and facilitates the collection and analyzing of experience data. Dr. Loes Keijsers, one of the initiators of TESC, outlined the possibilities of TESC. More information on TESC can be found here.

Grant competition

One of the first acts of HSRI was the ‘Grant competition for the best interdisciplinary research proposal’. To win the grant, PhD students and post-docs from TSB from at least two and at most four different departments could send in a paper proposal that involves collaboration between different scientific disciplines.

Opening HSRI grant competition

The winners, chosen by a jury and the public, were Stefanie Duijndam (Medical and Clinical Psychology), Linda Jütten (Cognitive Neuropsychology) and Jeske van Beurden (Human Resource Studies) with the proposal ‘Well-being of PhD candidates: psychological factors and physiological responses to stress: A multi-method study’.


The meeting was very well attended and was festively concluded with drinks and snacks. We are working on a website for HSRI. For a first impression click here.