Understanding Society

Tilburg University is convinced that it can contribute to solving social issues by developing and transferring knowledge and bringing together people from various disciplines and organizations.

Veni, Vidi and Vici grants

The Innovational Research Incentive (Vernieuwingsimpuls) of the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) offers personal grants to talented, creative researchers. The funding enables applicants to do their own line of research, to give a boost to innovative research. The Incentives Scheme comprises three types of grants (Veni, Vidi and Vici), geared to different stages in a researcher’s academic career.

  • Veni award: for researchers who have recently obtained their PhD
  • Vidi: for researchers who have gained several years of research experience after their PhD
  • Vici: for senior reseachers who have demonstrated the ability to develop their own line of research. This grant gives the established researcher the opportunity to start innovative research.


Veni award - 2014

Veni award 2014

ebert Dr. S. Ebert
Tilburg School of Economics and Management
Time-inconsistency and implications for investment, saving, and trading behavior

I will investigate the impact of time-inconsistency on individuals’ investment, saving, and trading behavior. Applications lie in the design of institutions that mitigate time-inconsistency when it comes to important investment decisions like retirement saving, in deriving guidelines for individual investor protection, and in regulating the retail banking sector.

kamp Dr. L.J. van de Kamp
Tilburg School of Humanities
Yoga, Bingo and prayer in urban renewal areas

How the interaction between different groups of people influences urban redevelopment will be investigated by means of anthropological fieldwork in Amsterdam-Noord. I will analyse the dynamics between established and new residents, entrepreneurs, artists, welfare workers, religious groups, housing corporations and government in how they deal with industrial heritage, collective rituals and media and communication technologies.

kosta Dr. E. Kosta
Tilburg Law School
Back to the typewriters? - Rethinking informational self-determination in the era of mass state surveillance

This project will investigate how the legislator can protect the personal details of individuals now that it has become clear that governments grant themselves large-scale access to the data of companies such as Facebook and Google. Alternatives will be proposed for informational self-determination so that the data processes of companies will become more transparent and clearer and the citizen will be better protected.

oberski Dr. D.L. Oberski
Tilburg School of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Developing novel latent variable techniques that open up a treasure trove of register data for social science
Big data from government administrations offers an enormous potential for the social sciences. However there are indications that register data often contains errors, whereas the size of these measurement errors and the consequences of these for statistical analyses are not yet known. I will therefore develop statistical methods to estimate register errors and to make corrections.


Dr. J.W. Ouwerkerk
Tilburg Law School
Symbol or substance? Towards a systematic application of criminalisation criteria in EU law

The European Union can require Member States to make certain behaviours criminal offences in the national law. This project will investigate on which grounds (so-called ‘criteria for penalisation’) the European Union can make this requirement. An instrument will also be developed to make the systematic application of these criteria easier and realisable.

Veni award - 2013

pemberton Dr. A. Pemberton
Tilburg Law School
Stories of justice and injustice: Exploring victims' justice narratives

Victims of crime make sense of their experience through storytelling. This project seeks to increase insight into victims’ experience with (criminal) justice processes by examining their narratives. It does so through a series of experiments and field studies.

ijzerman Dr. H. IJzerman
Tilburg School of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Social emotion regulation by physical warmth

Good relationships lead to better health and well-being, probably due to social support. IJzerman believes that thermoregulation is vital to close interactions and forms the basis for how people share their emotions with others. This project investigates whether physical warmth occurs in social emotion regulation and whether such regulation works.

kooij Dr. T.A.M. Kooij
Tilburg School of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Older workers as job crafters
Job crafting means that employees make some minor adjustments to their job so that it better suits their interests and abilities. Kooij will examine how older workers do this and how organizations can stimulate job crafting.


Dr. J. Mulder
Tilburg School of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Testing competing theories
Scientific theories can often be formulated through orderings between correlations, for example, when comparing the cohesion within different populations or within social networks. In this study, new methods will be developed which make it possible to test competing theories.


Dr. W. Bleidorn
Tilburg School of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Personality developments in new parents

Parenting is a profound transition in the daily lives of parents which brings great and lasting changes. This research examines whether and how the transition to parenthood results in positive personality changes.

mol Dr. E.M.M. Mol
Tilburg School of Humanities

Imitating in word and gesture 

People make hand gestures that fit perfectly with what they are saying. In a conversation people imitate each other’s gestures and reuse words that the other person has just said. Lisette Mol will investigate how this imitation affects our speech, gestures and thinking.

Veni award - 2012

osinga Dr. E.C. Osinga
Tilburg School of Economics and Management

Generic medicines and medicines without prescription?
How do patients, doctors and pharmaceutical companies respond to the introduction of generic medicines and the sale of medicines without prescription via supermarkets and drugstores? The researchers will answer this question and determine what the financial consequences are for society.

stadje Dr. M.A. Stadje
Tilburg School of Economics and Management
The optimal quantification of risk and optimal portfolio choice under ambiguity
Decisions of managers and regulators in the financial sector are typically based on probabilistic models that are not always adequate. This project aims to determine optimal capital buffers for banks and optimal portfolio compositions while taking uncertainty into account.

joosen Dr. V. Joosen
Tilburg School of Humanities
Adults in Dutch and British children’s books
In youth literature adults pass on their values, worldview and ideals to children. But how do they portray adulthood? What do they emphasize and what do they prefer to remain silent about? This research will examine how adulthood has been portrayed in Dutch and English children's books since 1970, in comparison with trends from sociology, age studies, and views on children.

juffermans Dr. K.C.P. Juffermans
Tilburg School of Humanities

About language and life in motion
Migration changes everything: your surroundings, your network, your language, your life. Society changes as well. This project will investigate the journeys and language of Gambian migrants to/in/from Athens and Libreville in order to gain a better understanding of globalization, migration, space and language.


Vidi award 2015

Dr. Theo Klimstra

Dr. Theo Klimstra

Developmental Psychology

Identity problems and personality disorders in young people

For many, adolescence is a confusing and turbulent time characterized by temporary identity problems. But some adolescents never recover from these problems and have an increased risk of developing a personality disorder. This project is aimed at making an early distinction between these two difficult-to-distinguish phenomena in adolescence. Klimstra is researching the similarities, differences and interaction.

Prof. dr. Rianne Letschert

Prof. dr. Rianne Letschert


Impact of international legal procedures on the right to redress

One of the points of departure of the right to redress is that it contributes to a sense of justice on the part of victims and the reconstruction of societies that have experienced international crimes or serious human rights violations. Letschert plans to determine whether and, if so, how international legal procedures can contribute to this.

Prof. dr. O.G. Oliver Spalt

Prof. dr. O.G. Spalt

Department of Finance

Biases in Top Management Teams and Corporate Actions

Oliver Spalt’s project involves the question of how and how well top management teams make financial decisions. New empirical methods and data are to be used by Spalt and his colleagues to determine the impact of behavioral biases on financial business decisions. The results are of importance to both researches and managers.

Vidi award - 2013

braggion Dr. F.B. Braggion
Tilburg School of Economics and Management
Financial decisions: Lessons from history

Finance Taxes and the associated legislation are important factors when companies decide about issuing shares or paying dividend. However their actual impact is unclear. Braggion explores how these financial decisions of companies changed when governments introduced company taxes and regulation in the last century.

kuilen Dr. G. van de Kuilen
Tilburg School of Economics and Management

Emotions and economic decisions 
Emotions influence economic decisions, but how and exactly what emotions play a role is largely unknown. In this project, Van de Kuilen uses a new method to measure the relationship between emotions and choice behavior.

trouwborst Dr. A. Trouwborst
Tilburg Law School

Large predators and nature conservation law
Wolves, bears and lynx are making a comback in Europe. This is good news for nature, but it can also lead to conflicts with people. This projects will investigate how nature conservation law can constructively manage the ‘carnivore comeback’.

sprenger Dr. J.M. Sprenger
Tilburg School of Humanities

Making Scientific Inferences More Objective 
The authority of science with the general public depends on the objectivity of scientific inferences. This research projects rethinks the foundations of statistical reasoning in order to make scientific inferences more objective.

Vidi grant 2012


Dr. A. Lemmens

Tilburg School of Economics and Management

Seeding strategies to foster innovation adoption: An incentivizing approach

How can companies and policy makers foster innovation adoption? While innovations are an engine of economic growth, they often require support to reach high adoption levels. This project investigates how to design incentive programs, using seeding, to foster innovation adoption.


Vici grant 2013

koops Dr. E.J. Koops
Tilburg Law School
Privacy in 21st century

Property law is the cornerstone of privacy protection. Nowadays people wear their private lives continuously with them (smartphone, cloud) and they can be followed everywhere. Therefore privacy needs to be reinvented. This research project seeks new ways to legally protect 'property law 2.0'.