Research group Participation, Care and Support

This research group focuses on vulnerable members of society, in particular those with a psychiatric, intellectual or physical disability. Every person has talents and can contribute to society. But for the more vulnerable members of society, this is not always evident. Social professionals can play an important role to support people with self-reliance, participation and quality of life. They can help to clarify wishes and needs, and to develop activities to reach desired goals. For this it is eneded to connect closely to the life perspective of people with disabilities and their social networks.

Participation in society

The chair develops knowledge and methodologies for those who provide support for these people to help them participate in society. Insights from approaches to rehabilitation and support play a key role in this. The opportunities and constraints of the Social Support Act (WMO) are another focus of research. The focus is on the effects of 'community support': the provision of care by people from the immediate environment of the client. Another subject for research is how professionals and citizens can best work with this law.

Other major research themes for this research group include collaboration between care and welfare, neighbourhood work, knowledge gained through experience, mediation and family care.

Special research group: Quarter-making

Special professor Doortje Kal (pictured right) holds this chair. Quarter-Making involves working to create a welcoming society for those with a history of psychiatric disturbances and others who may experience social exclusion, such as people living with learning or intellectual difficulties. For more information, please visit

Research Lines

The research group focuses its research on the following research lines:

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