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Rachel Dijkstra is a PhD researcher at the International Victimology Institute of Tilburg University. She has a background in legal research (LL.B., LL.M.) with a focus on victimology, health care law, and transitional justice. Rachel has previously worked as a lecturer and junior-researcher at Utrecht University, for which she received the Teacher Talent Award '16/'17 from the Law Faculty and  she was among the three final nominees for the Teacher Talent Award '17/'18 from Utrecht University.

Rachel is currently conducting PhD research, which is funded by the Impact Program of Tilburg University. Her research seeks to assess the way different procedures concerning situations when 'things went wrong' in health care are experienced by  patients/clients and professionals. The research has an interdisciplinary and empirical orientation and uses insights from victimology, law and health care sciences.


Rachel's doctoral research project is called "How to place people before process: Participant's experiences with procedures in health care in case of incidents, calamities or medical errors".  Procedures after an incident, calamity or medical error in health care organizations show a mismatch between the purpose and presumptions underlying these procedures and the expectations of patients. In addition, research shows that professionals feel criminalized and victimized in disciplinary procedures and it is unclear whether the health care procedures improve practice.  Rachel's dissertation aims to further the understanding of these health care procedures and their stakeholders and apply lessons learned from other fields of law. 


2019-2020 Theories and Perspectives on Victimization

2019-2020 Master Thesis Victimology & Criminal Justice


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Recent publications

  1. The evaluation and development of the quality of justice in The Nethe…

    Dijkstra, R., Langbroek, P., Bozorg Zadeh, K., & Turk, Z. (2017). The evaluation and development of the quality of justice in The Netherlands. In Handle with care: Deliverable1.6: Report- The evaluation and development of quality of justice in the Netherlands (pp. 227-276) https://www.lut.fi/documents/27578/465522/Deliverable+1.6+Report+-+The+evaluation+and+development+of+quality+of+justice+in+the+Netherlands%2BD.pdf/7877d50a-efcb-47fb-8998-cee71c82a4d0
  2. Performance management of courts and judges - Organizational and prof…

    Langbroek, P., Dijkstra, R., Bozorg Zadeh, K., & Turk, Z. (2017). Performance management of courts and judges: Organizational and professional learning versus political accountabilities. In Handle with care: Deliverable 3.1: Report- Performance management of courts and judges: Organisational and professional learning vs political accountability (pp. 297-325) https://www.lut.fi/documents/27578/465522/Deliverable+3.1+Report+-+Performance+management+of+courts+and+judges-+organisational+and+professional+learning+vs+political+accountability.pdf/0426fabb-ddce-4035-801e-775ba41ff002
  3. Uitsterfbeleid woonwagenkampen in Nederland legitiem?

    Dijkstra, R. (2015, Feb 10). Uitsterfbeleid woonwagenkampen in Nederland legitiem?. Unpublished https://pilpnjcm.nl/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/Eindversie-10-2-Woonwagens-en-ethiek-Rachel-Dijkstra.pdf

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