Awarded grants, round 2019-2

Twenty-four laureates have received a doctoral grant from the second funding round of the Doctoral Grant for Teachers 2019.


The rights of children and parents in the youth assistance decisions made by municipalities

R. (Renske) de Boer (f) Leiden University of Applied Sciences - Leiden University

The Dutch Youth Act aims to give children and parents more influence on decisions by municipalities about the youth assistance required. In practice, their legal protection is not enough. This research aims to provide insight into how this occurs and how the rights of children and parents can be strengthened.

Digital research skills in secondary education: preparing students for university

K.N. (Kim) Blankendaal-Tran (f) Don Bosco College – Utrecht University

In the transition from high school to university, both students and universities perceive a lack of digital skills in the field of research. This project aims to investigate this gap and give directions to bridge it by supporting the development of these skills in high school.

3D TAG-ME: 3D printing of Thermoplastics Advancing mechanical homoGenisation via new Melt

R.H.M. (Roel) Bröker (m) Zuyd University of Applied Sciences – Maastricht University

3D printing offers endless flexibility in geometrical design due to its layer-by-layer creation. Unfortunately, poor mixing of polymer molecules across layer interfaces results in inferior mechanics, limiting mass adoption. The aim is to advance the strengthening of 3D printed parts by understanding and steering the behaviour of molecules in printing.

Segregation in secondary education: colouring in the white spots

R.J. (Rafiq) Friperson (m) Hervormd Lyceum Zuid - VU Amsterdam

This research will establish to what extent educational personnel are segregated and how that is correlated with pupil segregation and educational outcomes. This will include investigating whether the segregation of pupils in secondary education can be counteracted by giving primary school pupils extra support when choosing their high school.

Adhesive bonds and composites under prolonged stress

K. (Koert) Dingerdis (m) Inholland University of Applied Sciences – TU Delft

Civil engineering structures are continuously exposed during their lifespan to large fluctuations in load in an aggressive environment. Research will be done into the failure of adhesive bonds in fibre-reinforced plastic composites of load-bearing constructions. This research might make it possible to better predict the lifespan of adhesive bonds and ultimately to design more efficient composite constructions.

Entrepreneurship in secondary education

S. (Sultan) Göksen (f) Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences FOO – University of Amsterdam

There is a plentiful supply of (small) entrepreneurship education in secondary education. However, we know little about the effects of this on the entrepreneurial intentions, attitudes and skills of pupils. We will analyse the existing supply and carry out a design and effect study to gain more insight into this.

Criminal liability of companies for labour exploitation abroad

C.H. (Cleo) Hoetmer (f) ROCvH– University of Amsterdam

Dutch companies frequently exploit labour abroad. The question is to what extent these companies can be held criminally liable for this. Legislation must protect the interests of victims and force companies to take their responsibility, but also take the interests of companies into account.

The epistemic value of democratic deliberation in the semi-public domain

E. (Egbert) de Jong (m) CSG Liudger– VU Amsterdam

Are experts the designated persons to take decisions at semi-public institutions, or should all stakeholders, on the basis of equality and mutual respect, receive a vote in the decision-taking process? This research will consider the question as to whether deliberation as a democratic process leads to more knowledge and better decisions.

Orality as a characteristic of Afropolitan literature – the interaction between tradition and modernity

E. (Eline) Kuenen (f) Lyceum Elst – Radboud University

This research project will study the role of orality within a representative body of modern so-called “Afropolitan” novels. Although all elements initially appear to be traditional, they form the basis of the new literary forms. Therefore what appears to be “traditional” contributes to the modernity of this urban literary and cultural expression.

Can Socrates teach further vocational education students to think critically?

B.W. (Barry) Mahoney (m) Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences – University of Amsterdam

Critical thinking is important for further vocational education students with respect to their personal development as well as their chances on the labour market. In this research project, a series of lessons for philosophical group dialogues will be designed and it will be determined to what extent participation in these Socratic dialogues has a positive effect on the critical thinking of further vocational education students.

The strength of self-directed feedback

B.R. (Bart) van der Meer (m) Nova College – CIOS Haarlem Hoofddorp – VU Amsterdam

This PhD project will investigate whether (youth) tennis players learn better tactical skills if they determine the moment of feedback themselves (self-directed feedback). This will be accomplished through learning studies into the learning of tennis tactics in singles and doubles games. The knowledge acquired will provide (youth) sports coaches with new feedback methods for teaching tactical skills that are matched to individual athletes or teams.

Heading to sustainable movement behavioural change in people with stroke

E.J.A. (Annelies) Van der Neut-Piels (f) Fontys Paramedical University of Applied Sciences – Utrecht University

Move more, sit less! Easier said than done for people after a stroke. The long-term consequences of sitting a lot and moving little will be investigated in this research project. An instrument will be developed to help physiotherapists provide a tailored treatment to realise sustainable behavioural change.

Oral frailty as predictor of adverse health outcomes in older people.

K.G.H. (Karl) Parisius (m) Inholland University of Applied Sciences – University of Amsterdam

The aim of this research is to make the influence of oral health on general health measurable. This will be summarised in the term oral frailty and expressed in the risk of adverse health outcomes. To what extent do people with a high degree of oral frailty have a high risk of adverse health outcomes?

Culturally responsive teaching: equal opportunities for all children.

D. (Dorien) Petri (f) Hanze University of Applied Sciences Groningen – University of Groningen

The primary school period should be a meaningful period for everybody. The teacher should understand the social, economic and cultural backgrounds of parents and children so that these differences can be taken into account. If the knowledge acquired receives a place in the teacher's lessons, then the education will be meaningful for every child.

The value of work: what makes work worthwhile for working social welfare recipients?

M.L. (Mathieu) Portielje (m) Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences – University of Amsterdam

This research will provide insight into the values that (part-time) working social welfare recipients attribute to paid work, how these values arise, and how these values are reflected in their behaviour. The doctoral thesis will make a contribution to the economic and social debate about the meaning of work for low income groups.

“Nothing Matters but the Future.” Dutch Multinationals and their Visions of the Netherlands in a Changing World Order (1938-1948)

P.P. (Peter) Postma (m) Hanze University of Applied Sciences – Leiden University

Around World War II, Dutch multinationals such as Philips and Unilever increasingly traded ideas with Dutch policymakers. Little is yet known about their ideas and interactions. This project will analyse new archival material to show why and how they helped shape the international political-economic positioning of the Netherlands after 1945.

Quantifying the Impact of Energetic Renovation Measures for Residential Buildings

T.J.H. (Twan) Rovers (m) Saxion University of Applied Sciences – TU Delft

On the eve of the energy transition, millions of homes need an energetic renovation. Effective renovation measures can only be selected if the impact of these on the energy consumption of the home can be determined. In this study, a building physics framework will be developed that can quantify the impact of renovation measures.

Prediction of the Longitudinal Relationship between Blood Flow and Plaque Build-up in Cardiovascular Patients to Prevent Stokes using Ultrafast Echographic Imaging.

I.H. (Inge) van Schie-Gerrits (f) HAN University of Applied Sciences – Radboud University

It is important to prevent strokes by detecting plaque build-up at an early stage. New techniques will be investigated to visualise, monitor and quantify blood flow in the carotid bifurcation using the latest ultrafast echographic imaging methods. Specific parameters of blood flow will be identified to predict future plaque buildup.

Reducing externalised behavioural problems in primary school pupils aged 6 to 8: Task game with coaching of teachers in socioemotional learning and mental representations.

L. (Luuk) Van Schie (m) Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences – VU Amsterdam

In this experimental research at 42 primary schools, it will be investigated whether teachers who teach 6 to 8-year-olds, and to have to deal with externalised behavioural problems of pupils, gain more benefit from task and intervention if they are simultaneously coached in the acquisition of social emotional skills and their perception of these pupils.

Associated fauna on coral reefs: blessing or curse?

R.J. (Roeland Johannes) van der Schoot (m) Joke Smit College – University of Groningen

Coral reefs worldwide are under considerable pressure due to overfishing, pollution and the rising temperature of the sea water surface. In this research project, the relationships between coral and the associated living organisms will be investigated. This information can be applied as an indicator to enable a more rapid response when the biodiversity of a coral is deteriorating.

Role-playing as a context for facilitating the social competencies in the reception class

M.C. (Mireille) Smits-van der Nat (f) KBS Onder de Bogen – VU Amsterdam

How can teachers facilitate the social competencies of young children? In this PhD research it will be ascertained how role-playing (imitating the world around you) can facilitate the social competencies of infants. We will investigate how the activities of role-playing can be given optimum form in education.

Recovering from a stroke at home: implementation by means of Participatory Action Research

D.J. (Dinja) van der Veen (f) HAN University of Applied Sciences – Radboud University

Experiencing a stroke has major consequences for a person’s functioning. For the re-learning of skills both the client and his or her network need specific supervision. Therapies that used to be given in the hospital or nursing home must now be given at home and therapists must collaborate to provide that same care in the home setting.

Continental margin sediments as a source of trace metals to ocean waters

A. (Annika) Vollebregt (f) Melanchthon ‘de Blesewic’ – Utrecht University

Sediments in coastal seas are a source of essential trace metals for algae in the oceans. The release of these metals from the seafloor increases due to eutrophication and a decrease in the oxygen levels in the sea. In this project it will be investigated how this happens in six coastal areas (including the Gulf of Mexico and the North Sea).

Will applying the ACTion method lead to improved perinatal outcomes and maternity care?

W.P.M. (Ien) van der Woerdt-Eltink (f) Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences– University of Groningen

Implementing changes in standard work processes is difficult, even if these improve (health) care. The 7-step ACTion method has been developed so that improvement points recognised by maternity care providers can be successfully implemented. It will be investigated whether this method can be implemented throughout the Netherlands so that more improvement points can be implemented and better care outcomes for neonates realised.