In 2019, several researchers, professors and care practitioners connected to Radboud University Medical Centre (Rumc) and the Radboud University started to collaborate. All of them work on diversity in sex and gender within their own disciplines and research groups. This platform facilitates and reinforces an interdisciplinary collaboration.
On this page, all members of the platform briefly introduce themselves. More in-depth information can be found by following the link to each member's personal profile.
Anna van der Vleuten
Anna van der Vleuten is Professor Contesting Europeanization at the department of Political Science and Public Administration at Radboud University. She researches how norms related to gender and LGBTI-rights are formed in processes of contestation in European and international arenas. The role of suprational lawyers, transnational movements and interactions between European and national governments lies at the center of attention in this research. Recently she published a Special Issue on‘Trans*gender Politics’ with Mieke Verloo. She is a member of the supervisory board of Intersex: New Interdisciplinary Approaches (INIA), and a board member of Vizier (Antidiscriminatievoorziening Oost-Nederland) as well as secretary of the Foundation EuroGames2022 Nijmegen.
Enny Das (PhD 2001, Utrecht) is a professor of communication and persuasion at the Centre for Language Studies. Her research is focused on how framing of health and persuasive messages affects receiver processes at the implicit and explicit level. Enny was leader of the EU-funded network on health narratives – HealthNar – and she is currently involved in several NWO and ZonMw projects on effects of message design (language, framing, narratives, emotions) on receiver perceptions, emotions, and behavior in the medical and entertainment domain. Enny is a member of the Health Council of the Netherlands.
Hedi L. Claahsen – van der Grinten, MD, PhD, is pediatric endocrinologist and head of the department of pediatric endocrinology at the Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Center. She is the main coördinator of the Radboud Center of Expertise Sex & Gender, and since march 2021 she is full Professor at the Radboud University Nijmegen focusing on sex and gender.
Her research focuses on different aspects of congenital adrenal hyperplasia (CAH) and other forms of disorders/differences of sex development (DSD), with emphasis on the etiology of testicular adrenal rest tumours. Currently, she extends her research activities buildinga new research line, focusing in transgender care in children and adolescents.
Prof. Mieke Verloo works in the fields of political sciences and gender studies. From 2003-2011, she had the scientific leadership of two ambitious international research projects in gender, emancipation policies and political change (MAGEEQ until 2005, and QUING, Quality in Gender and equality policies, until 2011). Comparative research forms input for academic debates about inequalities, gender and politics and contributes towards better emancipation policies by developing instruments and standards. Prof. Verloo's current reserach focuses on the demise of democracy and the opposition against feminism and emancipation policies in Europe. Prof. Verloo is also Permanent Non-Residential Fellow at the IWM, Institut für die Wissenschaften von Menschen in Vienna.
Chris Verhaak (PhD 2003, Nijmegen) is associate professor and clinical psychologist at the Radboud Univerisity Medical Center, department of Medical Psychology and Amalia Children’s Hospital. Her research focuses on reproductive medicine and rare pediatric conditions with specific attention for children and their families with health challenges regarding sex and gender, and for children with rare metabolic conditions. Central elements in her research are psychological and social mechanisms interfering with diagnostics, treatment and outcomes of medical conditions. Her work is characterized by a close interaction between research and clinical applications.
dr. Anke Oerlemans is a medical ethicist and biomedical scientist at the Section Ethics in Healthcare of the Scientific Centre for Quality of Healthcare, Radboudumc, Nijmegen. In her work, she combines research, clinical ethics, and teaching. Common thread in her research and clinical ethics work is decision-making in contexts laden with normative uncertainty. She is an expert in using qualitative-empirical methods to study the issues healthcare professionals, patients, and their family members are faced with in those contexts. All her research is conducted in close collaboration with clinical disciplines such as pediatrics, genetics, internal medicine, gynecology, and intensive care medicine.
Wyke Stommel, PhD: In my research I focus on the relationship between language and social interaction, among others interaction in institutionalised surroundings like care. Using conversation analysis and related approaches in discourse analysis, I analyse how humans accomplish (institutional) goals using language "in real life"; how they construct relationships and identities, and otherwise orient themselves according to normative behaviour. This may concern oral interactions (e.g. medical consultations), or interactions on/via (social) media (e.g. among sel-help groups). Within this interfaculty platform my focus lies on spontaneuous interaction concerning diversity in sex and gender within a care context and outside of it.
Marion Wasserbauer (she/they) is a post-doc researcher working for the platform. Since november 2020, she coordinates the platform and the collaboration with among the members of the platform and with external partners. Marion finds it important to build a bridge between care and medical sciences, humanities and social sciences, and the lived experience and needs of intersex and transgender persons. Marion defended their PhD in Social Sciences at the University of Antwerp in 2018, where they teach as a guest professor in diversity and popular culture. The LGBTQI community, diversity in sex, gender and sexuality have formed the main interest in her research since 2013.