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Four teachers received grants from NWO for their PhD research

Published: 06th September 2021 Last updated: 06th September 2021

As of September, four teachers will start their PhD research at Tilburg University with a grant from NWO. This Doctoral Grant for Teachers offers teachers support in writing a dissertation. With this grant they can gain research experience to improve the quality of education and strengthen the connection between universities and schools.

The topics of the awarded projects range from the role of tech companies in society, play therapy with mentally challenged youth, involvement in subversive crime by youths, and the development of new techniques for improving communication in the daily social interaction of deaf people. The PhD students are supervised by promoters from the various faculties.

Granted project

  • Tech companies as novel [digital] governments and anti-governments - Inge Beekmans - Fontys Hogeschool

Tech companies attempt to appropriate tasks that used to be executed by governments. Facebook, for example, wants to help organize elections, and Google wants to protect the privacy of ‘citizens’. This research critically analyzes plans like these, and examines the techniques tech companies employ to win the confidence of society.

Promotor: dr. Ico Maly - Tilburg School of Humanities and Digital Sciences

  • Active Mechanisms in Play Therapy for Young People with Intellectual Disability - Dineke Bent-Lenselink - Christelijke Hogeschool Ede

A frequent request for help among young people with an intellectual disability is the regulation of aggression problems. Play Therapy is used as a treatment to help young people with these problems. This research aims to further open the black box by examining the effective mechanisms of Play Therapy.

Promotor: prof.dr. Tine Van Regenmortel - Tilburg School of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Co-promotor: dr. Martine Noordegraaf – Christelijke Hogeschool Ede

  • Education and social resilience against organized crime: preventing and identifying student involvement in criminal networks - Jennifer van den Broek - X11 media en vormgeving

This research addresses how schools in secondary education can recognize signs of student involvement in organized crime, which steps they can take, and which barriers arise. Hence, a contribution to awareness among school staff will be established, just as a safe school climate and prevention of involvement in organized crime.

Promotor: Prof. dr. Toine Spapens - Tilburg Law School

Co-promotor: dr. Jolanda Mathijssen - Tilburg School of Social and Behavioral Sciences; Tranzo

Co-promotor: dr. Marije van Amelsvoort - Tilburg School of Humanities and Digital Sciences

  • Situated design methods for the design of sensory augmentation applications for deaf people - Michel Witter - Avans Hogeschool

In daily social interaction of the deaf, technology supporting communication problems mostly proves insufficiently effective. This research strives for better assistive technology for the deaf, whereby designers take better account of the actual user and their everyday use. The result is a design toolkit for designers of such assistive technology.

Promotor: Prof.dr. Emiel Krahmer - Tilburg School of Humanities and Digital Sciences

Co-promotor: dr. Alwin de Rooij - Tilburg School of Humanities and Digital Sciences

Co-promotor: dr. Michel van Dartel – Avans Hogeschool

More information

For more information, see the NWO website