As Faculty of Philosophy, Theology and Religious Studies, we like to collaborate with you, for instance in fields such as care, education and politics.

Through these forms of collaboration we spread, share and enhance our knowledge in society, based on the research we conduct. We collaborate for example through contract research, project application, (postinitial) education and lectures and talks. And, as an organisation, if you are seeking a highly motivated intern, we are certainly the address to turn to.

Please do not hesitate to forward us your request or suggestion using the interest form.

Person-centred care

In the care sector attention is increasingly aimed at the person behind the patient. A full range of philosophical, religious and ideological questions come into play here:

  • In the event of a person being psychologically disturbed, how should we envisage the ideas of ‘person’ and ‘self-management’?
  • In our society, what value or meaning is associated with health and illness? How is this meaning or value arrived at from the point of view of the patient, relatives and care professionals?
  • How do patients handle contingency and crisis?
  • What is the impact of spiritual care in (care) institutions, and how does this relate to a professional caregiver’s competence and position?
  • How can (spiritual) health of vulnerable people be improved through their involvement in and use of green areas in their environment?

To address such questions, our faculty's scientists work in tandem with colleagues both within Radboud University and beyond, as well as with numerous external organisations including hospitals and care institutions (Radboudumc, VUumc, Dimence), patient organisations, funds, charities (the Dutch Cancer Society, the Dutch Heart Foundation) and professional organisations (spiritual caregivers, physicians and psychiatrists).

We are the go-to address for:

  • Post-initial education
  • Contract research and consultancy
  • Lectures, talks, courses, course material

If you have any questions, please contact Prof. Dr. Hans Schilderman (Religious Studies) and Dr. Leon de Bruin (Philosophy).

Democratic Laboratory

The Democratic Laboratory consists of a group of committed Radboud University researchers who work together to research the democratic processes. The participants conduct research within Radboud University, and are active in the social debate regarding democracy and democratic developments in Dutch society.

One of the Democratic Laboratory’s major projects is a game called Demos, realised through crowd funding in 2016. Demos teaches participants how democracy works using play. Among other things the game is used in educational material for MBO students (intermediate vocational education level) and is suitable for other target groups wishing to learn about how democracy works.

If you have any questions, please contact Prof. Dr. Evert van der Zweerde.

Good education

A great deal of attention is given to broadening the notion of quality in education. In a recent advice report, besides qualifications the Education Council argued for personal development and socialisation to become key educational objectives. This raises questions about meaning, philosophical development, leadership and narrative decision-making within education.

Faculty scientists work together with Verus (the organisation for Catholic and Christian education) on this, as well as with other organisations focusing on education and philosophy.

You can contact us for:

  • Post-initial education
  • Contract research
  • Lectures and talks
  • Advice

If you have any questions, please contact Prof. Dr. Chris Hermans (Religious Studies).

Religious culture

In a secular society such as the Netherlands, the role of Christian religion has changed profoundly. This raises questions such as:

  • What significance does the Christian religion have in modern society for individual questions of life and for social issues?
  • How do the traditional churches and the 'new churches' of Dutch people with different cultural backgrounds develop?

To address these questions, scientists from our faculty work closely with various faculty related research institutes. This knowledge finds its way into churches, religious orders and congregations, and societal organisations confronted with issues revolving around culture and religion.

If you have any questions, please contact Prof. Dr. Frans Wijsen (Theology and Religious Studies) or dr. Ton Bernts (Kaski).

Other question or subject?

If you wish to work with us or would like to benefit from our knowledge and expertise in some other way, please feel free to contact us! In addition to the subjects mentioned above, our researchers investigate a wide range of other topics, including protest culture and politics; self-awareness; inclusivity; radicalisation and many others.

You will find an overview of professors and their fields of expertise here.

Seeking a highly motivated intern?

You can also contact us if you are seeking a student to fulfil an internship. Our students have successfully completed work placements at organisations such as the AIVD (General Intelligence and Security Service), publishers, NGOs and local councils.