Kees de Groot is Professor in Worldviews and Public Mental Health (KSGV Chair) at Tilburg University (Netherlands) and guest researcher at the University of Agder (Norway). He represents the Benelux at the council of the International Society for the Sociology of Religion. He has published on Zygmunt Bauman, Catholicism, chaplaincy, mental health care, rituals, theatre, and comics in Social Compass, Implicit Religion and various volumes in and on the empirical study of religion. His latest book in English is The Liquidation of the Church (Routledge, 2018).


Since September 2019, the KSGV has appointed me as a professor for sociology of religion and public mental health. I study the institutional dynamics of spiritual care and mental health care, and the, often implicit, role of religion and worldviews in societal developments.

I  teach at the department of practical theology and religious studies, and participate in the research program on the transformation of Catholicism in late modernity.


Recent publications

  1. The unacknowledged presence of Catholicism in secularized Dutch socie…

    de Groot, K. (Accepted/In press). The unacknowledged presence of Catholicism in secularized Dutch society: The case of spiritual care. In A. Dillen, A. Casteel, & J. De Kock (Eds.), Coping with Crisis: hospitality, security, and the search for faithful connections (International Academy of Practical Theology Conference Series; Vol. 3). International Academy of Practical Theology.
  2. Dat wat mensen heilig is, wordt meer ontsluierd

    de Groot, K. (2022). Dat wat mensen heilig is, wordt meer ontsluierd. Brabants Dagblad, 10-11.
  3. De ontsluiering van het geestelijke

    de Groot, K. (2022). De ontsluiering van het geestelijke. Franciscaans Leven, 105(3), 91-95.
  4. In gesprek met het kwaad

    de Groot, K. (Author). (2022). In gesprek met het kwaad. Web publication/site
  5. Inleiding

    de Groot, K. (2022). Inleiding. In K. de Groot, & A. Vandenhoeck (Eds.), Van alle markten thuis? : Levensbeschouwelijke diversiteit in de zorg voor zin (pp. 7). (Geestelijke Volksgezondheid; Vol. 2, No. 97). KSGV.

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