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    5037 AB Tilburg


Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

I welcome PhD students in the four areas mentioned above. Students with Master's in the social sciences, theology and religious studies can apply. Projects need to make considerable use of qualitative methods.

1987 …2020

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Personal profile

Research interests

My research interest is guided by the question: how are Christian traditions transformed and continued in ecclesial contexts, in secular spheres and on the boundaries between the religious and the secular?

Currently, I am working on four projects:

1) The development of fluid ways of being church.

2) The organizational dynamics of chaplaincy and mental health care.

3) The construction of Catholic Social Teaching and its contribution to and critique of capitalism.

4) The use of religious heritage in popular culture, in particular comics and events.


1991-1995 Lecturer in Sociology and Sociology of Religion at Katholieke Theologische Universiteit, Utrecht

1996-1998 Lecturer in Sociology of Religion at Universitair Centrum voor Theologie en Pastoraat te Heerlen (University of Nijmegen)

1996-1997 Teacher in Religion and Sociology at Ashram College, Alphen aan den Rijn
Project assistant at the Faculty of Theology, University of Amsterdam
Coach youth ministry St. Bavo, Haarlem

1998-2002 Consultant for Church Development in the Diocese of Rotterdam

2000-2002 Lecturer in Sociology of Religion, Sociology of Education and Congregational Studies at Fontys Hogescholen, Faculty of Theology,Amsterdam

2002- present Assistant Professor in Practical Theology at Tilburg School of Catholic Theology

 2008-2010  research project 'New Forms of We' at the Dominican Study Center for Theolology and Society

2019- present Professor Religion and Public Mental Health at Tilburg University. (KSGV Chair)


Current courses

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PhD supervision

Toon van Gestel MA, Meaning and reception of the Vatican II Declaration Gravissimum Educationis in the Netherlands (1965-2015)

External positions

Board (KSGV)

8 Nov 2019 → …

Advisory Board Research Project Prison Chaplaincy (Dienst Justitiële Inrichtingen)

27 Nov 201828 Feb 2019


  • Sociology
  • Religion
  • Christianity And Culture
  • Popular Religion
  • Practical Theology
  • Spirituality
  • Religion And Mental Health
  • Sociology Of Religion
  • Catholicism And Culture
  • Spiritual Counseling / Pastoral Work / Soul Care
  • Theology
  • Economic And Moral Values
  • Social Justice
  • Cultural Sociology
  • Sects And New Religious Movements
  • Christian Spirituality

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Research Output

Oligopoly dynamics in the Dutch penitentiary system

de Groot, K. & Vellenga, S., 29 Mar 2020, (Accepted/In press) Religion and Prison in Europe: A Contemporary Overview. Martínez-Arino, J. & Zwilling, A-L. (eds.). 1 ed. Springer International Publishing, Vol. 7. (Boundaries of Religious Freedom: Regulating Religion in Diverse Societies).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterScientificpeer-review

[Review of the book Sociological noir. Irruptions and the darkness of modernity, K. Flanagan, 2017]

de Groot, K., 30 Jan 2019, In : Religie & Samenleving. 14, 1, p. 81-83 3 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article reviewOther research output

Open Access

[Review of the essay Willen sterven. Over de autonomie en het voltooide leven, P. van Tongeren, 2018]

Kienstra, N. & de Groot, K., 2019, In : Algemeen Nederlands Tijdschrift voor Wijsbegeerte. 111, 3, p. 492-496 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article reviewScientificpeer-review

Open Access

Christelijke perspectieven op landbouw: Evaluatie van intensieve en eco-landbouw op basis van de reformatorische wijsbegeerte en de rooms-katholieke encycliek Laudato Si'

Translated title of the contribution: Christian perspectives on agriculture: The intensive and ecoagriculture approach evaluated based on Reformational Philosophy and the Roman Catholic Encyclical Laudato Si' Folkersma, R., Jochemsen, H. & de Groot, K., 15 Jul 2019, In : Radix. 45, 2, p. 84-98 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientific

  • Die Liquidation der Kirche: Erfahrungen und Impulse aus den Niederlanden

    de Groot, K., 15 Jan 2019, Gemeinde auf Zeit: Gelebte Krichlichkeit wahrnemen. Bubmann, P., Fechtner, K., Merzyn, K., Nitsche, S. A. & Weyel, B. (eds.). 1 ed. Stuttgart: Verlag W. Kohlhammer, p. 118-126 (Praktische Theologie heute; no. 160).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterScientificpeer-review


    Presence and Impact of Christianity in Liquid Modernity. Mijn onderzoeksprogramma

    Kees de Groot (Speaker)
    21 Feb 2020

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentationScientific

    Disaster Theater. Play when things go awry

    Kees de Groot (Speaker)
    9 Nov 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talkScientific

    A wounded collectivity. Interpreting populism in Central and Eastern Europe

    Kees de Groot (Organiser)
    22 Jan 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganising a workshop, seminar, course etc.Scientific

    Tilburg University (Organisational unit)

    Kees de Groot (Member)
    1 Nov 2019

    Activity: Membership typesMembership of PhD committeeScientific

    KSGV Kenniscentrum voor levensbeschouwing en geestelijke volksgezondheid (External organisation)

    Kees de Groot (Member)
    8 Nov 2019 → …

    Activity: Membership typesMembership of boardScientific


    Werkgroep Extended Master MaCS

    de Groot, K.


    Project: Education project

    Press / Media

    De Nieuwsverdieping S1E02

    Kees de Groot


    1 Media contribution

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    Nick Cave & Advent: Laten we blijven duwen totdat de hemel opengaat

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    1 Media contribution

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    "Geestelijke verzorging kán niet neutraal zijn"

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    1 Media contribution

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    Godsvertrouwen en de waarde van context

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    1 Media contribution

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    "Justitiepastoraat doorslaand succes"

    Kees de Groot


    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Expert Comment

    Prizes / Recognition

    Essayprijs 2000

    C.N. de Groot (Recipient), 4 Oct 2000