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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 three projects:

1) The development of fluid ways of being church.

2) The organizational dynamics of spiritual care, in particular prison chaplaincy.

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


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

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 1987 2019

[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

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

Securitization, Islamic chaplaincy, and the issue of (de)radicalization of Muslim detainees in Dutch prisons

de Groot, K. & Vellenga, S., 1 Jun 2019, In : Social Compass. 66, 2, p. 224-237 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Open Access
correctional institution

[Review of the book Ritual and the sacred: A neo-Durkheimian Analysis of Politics, Religion and the Self, Massimo Rosati, 2009]

de Groot, K., 7 Jul 2018, In : Implicit Religion. 20, 4, p. 448-449 2 p.

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

Open Access

Geestelijke verzorging voor ongelovigen: Religie en zingeving in recente onderzoeken

de Groot, K., 17 Dec 2018, In : Tijdschrift Geestelijke Verzorging. 21, 92, p. 56-60 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview articleScientific

Open Access

Activities 2002 2019

Wij helpen verwekken/ Wij helpen sterven

Kees de Groot (Speaker)
14 Mar 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talkPopular

St. Patrick's College Maynooth

C.N. de Groot (Visiting researcher)
5 Feb 201815 Feb 2018

Activity: Visiting an external institution typesVisiting an external academic institutionScientific

Good and bad spirituality in business and economics today

C.N. de Groot (Contributor)
23 Feb 2018

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

Inleiding PKN Classis Hoofddorp

C.N. de Groot (Speaker)
30 Jan 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talkProfessional

Herdenkingssymposium Meerten ter Borg

C.N. de Groot (Chair)
25 May 2018

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

Projects 2018 2018

Werkgroep Extended Master MaCS

de Groot, K.


Project: Education project

Press / Media

Baudet verlangt naar God

Kees de Groot


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Wie moet er betalen voor de kinderwens van de wensouder

Kees de Groot


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Kinderwens is geen zaak van recht of van identiteit

Kees de Groot


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Moeten we mannelijk zaad als een medicijn gaan zien?

Kees de Groot


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Wie heeft 'regie' over het sterven?

Kees de Groot


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Prizes / Recognition

Essayprijs 2000

Kees de Groot (Recipient), 4 Oct 2000