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As a co-promotor I supervise the following Ph.D. projects:

Homemaking of single person households

Ph.D. student:
drs. Joke Terlaak Poot, Hanze University of Applied Sciences Groningen
Promotor:
Prof. dr. Peter Boelhouwer, TU Delft
Topic:
The subject of the Ph.D. project is homemaking of single person households. Homemaking is a daily
practice in order to symbolically and physically appropriate residential environment. Most studies on
homemaking focus on family households and thus overlook the fast increase of single person
households in the Netherlands and its impact on the built environment and housing and planning
policy. In this dissertation, the relationship between social and cultural capital of single person
households and their way of homemaking has been explored. Additionally, the relationship between
the either urban or rural (built) residential environment and their homemaking activities and opportunities
has been taken into account.

 

Citizen initiatives in depopulating peripheral areas

Ph.D. student:
drs. Erzsi de Haan, Hanze University of Applied Sciences Groningen
Promotors:
Prof. Dr. Dirk Strijker and Dr. Tialda Haartsen, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen
Topic:
Many peripheral European areas face significant changes resulting from demographic change
and the decrease of governmental financial support. Reduction or even disappearance of public
and social services is one consequence. Scholars argue that the reduction of public and social
services could influence the overall livability of the shrinking small towns and villages in a negative
way. The Ph.D. project deals with the question why some small town and village communities are
able to maintain citizens initiatives while others do not succeed. The examination of the reasons for
durability of citizens initiatives takes the center stage.