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Drs. Laurine Blonk

Laurine Blonk

Promovendus (PhD Candidate)


I am a philosopher and qualitative researcher with expertise in political theory, social geography and critical sociology. I am doing my PhD on volunteers' relating to socially frail older adults.
I have worked on various research projects concerning welfare state retrenchment, citizenship and care:

Junior Researcher

  • Meaningful encounter in social interventions (January - September 2019)
  • Befrienders' experiences of befriending socially isolated older adults (June - August 2018)
Research Assistant

  • The Longevity of citizens' initiatives in care (December 2017 - June 2018)
    Exploratory research on enabling and hindring factors for the longevity of citizens' initatives in care
  • The changing position of volunteer organisations in care (January 2016 - November 2018)
    Mixed methods research on the consequences of welfare state retrenchment for volunteer organisations in care.
  • The Promise of Proximity (2014 - 2018)
    Multi-annual research project on active citizenship and welfare state reform.
  • Recognition of people with disabilities working in social enterprises (June 2016-March 2017)
    Case study on recognition of people with intellectual and psychiatric disabilities in a social enterprise


Practica in de WMO lijn: Kwalitatief interviewen; SPSS (kwantitatieve analyse); Atlas.Ti (kwalitatieve analyse)
B2-ONDZ5: Filosofisch Onderzoek