Nico de Vos

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Function: Professor
Research Group: Participation and Urban Development


Nico de Vos is a philosopher and assistant professor in Participation and Urban Development at the Research Centre for Social Innovation at HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht. He holds a PhD in philosophy and dance, with a focus on the theme of physical connection. Prior to this, he studied Physical Education and Human Movement Sciences at CALO, Windesheim University of Applied Sciences in Zwolle, the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU), and later philosophy (bachelor, research master) at the University of Tilburg and Radboud University Nijmegen. His specialisation is art and cultural philosophy, with a link to social philosophy. He graduated cum laude for both his university degrees.

Before joining HU, he held various (senior) management and executive positions in both the profit and non-profit sectors, particularly in the area of Human Resources Management. In addition, for several years he worked in various positions at ArtEZ University of the Arts, as a guest lecturer for the Choreography master’s degree programme and the Dance bachelor’s degree programme, as well as core curriculum teacher of philosophy and history of art and culture and as the temporary head of the Arts Education master’s degree programme. De Vos has been working for the HU since 2005, initially as a lecturer and coordinator for the master’s programme at the Institute for Ecological Educational Theory, then at the Institute for Social Work (ISW). He is also involved in many projects in the field of educational innovation. He has been active as a professor at the HU since mid-2016.

Participation and Urban Development

Participation and Society

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