Social Innovation

Nine PhD projects selected for Impact Program

The Impact Team and the Deans of Tilburg University have selected 9 PhD projects out of 48 proposals to strengthen the Impact Program regarding the themes Empowering the Resilient Society, and Enhancing Health and Wellbeing. Nine young researchers, still to be recruited, will be starting their research projects from September 2018.

The Impact Program aims to increase cooperation with societal partners and between the Schools of Tilburg University focusing on three themes: Empowering the Resilient Society, Enhancing Health and Wellbeing, and Creating Value from Data. Investments in PhD research on Creating Value from Data have already been made.

The PhD projects that have received the go-ahead include projects researching, for instance, the effect of smartphones on the health of adolescents, the education gap, citizenship education, care improvement for cancer patients, and how to make society resilient to data surveillance.

The Impact Team was impressed by the number of research proposals and the cooperation within those proposals between the Schools and with societal partners. Both types of cooperation are important goals of the Impact Program that will contribute to achieving impact on society. Each PhD project will be supervised by researchers from two of the five Schools and each School will finance two PhD projects (except for the Tilburg School of Catholic Theology (TST): 1 project).

An overview of the selected PhD projects:

Enhancing Health and Wellbeing

  • Improving healthy decision making in military personnel with mental health or substance abuse problems. A mixed-method study on social stigma as a barrier for health, wellbeing and sustainable employability (Tilburg School of Social and Behavioral Sciences (TSB: Evelien Brouwers, Fenna Leijten, Dike van de Mheen, Jaap van Weeghel) + Tilburg School of Humanities and Digital Sciences (TSHD: Piia Varis)
  • Can a service specification process based on modularity effectively customize and personalize an oncological clinical pathway? (Tilburg School of Economics and Management (TiSEM: Bert Meijboom + TSB: Esther de Vries)
  • How to place people before process: Participant’s experiences with procedures in health care in case of incidents, calamities and medical errors (Tilburg Law School (TLS: Anthony Pemberton + TSB: Roland Friele)
  • Are smartphones “destroying a generation?” A longitudinal cohort study on the relationship between smartphone use and adolescents’ health wellbeing using logging, mobile experience sampling, and machine learning (TSHD: Eric Postma, Mariek Vanden Abeele, Drew Hendrickson + TSB: Loes Keijsers)

Empowering the Resilient Society

  • Drifting apart? The educational cleavage and the resilient society, 1980-2017 (TSB: Arnoud-Jan Bijsterveld, Tim Reeskens + TLS: Frank Hendriks)
  • How to make society resilient to data surveillance? (TiSEM: Joris Hulstijn + TLS: Stephanie van Gulijk)
  • Trolling attacks and hate campaigns: Towards a healthy use of social media in the public sphere (TSHD: Martine Prange, Odile Heynders + TLS: Michiel Bot)
  • Empowering the resilient society: Educating value-oriented citizenship at public schools (TST Monique van Dijk + TSHD: Marije van Amelsvoort)
  • Resilient residents. How to stimulate urban residents to become more resilient to the impacts of climate change? (TLS: Jonathan Verschuuren + TiSEM: Daan van Soest)