Kees Groot, de
  • Warandelaan 2, Tias Building, room T 706

    5037 AB Tilburg


Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

I welcome PhD students who share my interest in the issues mentioned below and in the broader field of sociology of religion.

1987 …2024

Research activity per year

Personal profile

Research interests

I am interested in how and why rituals, sacrality, Christian heritage, and values and practices originating in the religious sphere surface in the secular sphere.

1) Care. What does the transition from chaplaincy and diaconal care to spiritual and informal social care’ imply? As a follow-up to the ZonMw research network with street pastors, I developed a research project on the work of a faith-based Tilburg center for informal community care. It is embedded in Cost Action Program 20107 Connecting Theory and Practical Issues of Migration and Religious Diversity.

2) Popular culture. How are the social worlds of religions and of comics interrelated? How do religions use comics?  How are religions represented in comics? How does the use of  comics function as a functional alternative for religion? I edited an anthology with the title: Comics, culture and religion: Fatih imagined (Bloomsbury Academic 2024). I also did research on theater and events, such as the St. Martin's Day Parade in Utrecht.

3) Public Domain. How is religion present in the public domain? I co-supervise a PhD project on the relevance of Catholic social thought for business and a Postdoc project on religion in social media.



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 Sociology of Worldviews and Public Mental Health at Tilburg University. (KSGV Chair)


PhD supervision

(with Johan Graafland:) Huub Ruel PhD, Catholic Social Thought and Corporate Governance in Multinational Corporations: A Conceptual and Empirical Exploration


From 2024/2025 onwards, I will be teaching in Sociology of Religion (BA), Religion in Late Modernity (MA), Empirical Research Methods (MA), and writing: Concluding Essay (Premaster Christianity and Society) and Thesis Seminar (Master Christianity and Society). 

External positions

Teaching (Universitet i Agder)

1 Aug 202331 Dec 2023

Consultation (AKWA GGZ)

17 Feb 2022

Blog (EO)

2 Feb 2022

Consultancy Mental Health Care AKWA (AKWA)

15 Nov 2021

Reserach project Culture, comics and religion (Universitetet i Agder)

1 Jan 202130 Jun 2021

Board (KSGV)

8 Nov 2019 → …

Advisory Board Research Project Prison Chaplaincy (Dienst Justitiële Inrichtingen)

27 Nov 201828 Feb 2019

Research into religion and culture. Presentations and publications. (C.N. de Groot)

1 Jan 2009 → …


  • 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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