Citizenship and Diversity

About the Citizenship & Diversity research group

The population in Western countries increasingly reflects the ethnic and religious diversity of the global population as a whole. Instead of a grouping of cultural communities living together or alongside one another, we see that it has become easier for individuals, aided by social media, to come into contact with those beyond the borders of their ‘own’ community. The challenge is to ensure that this superdiversity enables each individual to develop as best as possible, regardless of ethnic background, belief, gender or sexual orientation, and without losing sight of the importance of a sense of belonging.

The Citizenship & Diversity research group focuses on ways in which we can achieve a good balance in a liberal democratic society between recognising the equality and freedom of each individual citizen on the one hand and respect for differences among groups on the other.

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Projects and publications


Everyday forms of interaction in urban society. Six case studies carried out by researchers in the research group about students in higher professional educations, cleaners at a care home, entrepreneurs in a multicultural shopping street, social workers with a post-colonial background and more. The collection concludes with an essay by Baukje Prins on the riddle of culture (Eburon/The Hague University of Applied Sciences, 2013).

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Mixed Feelings

Moluccan and Dutch classmates in the 1960s. In this book, Baukje Prins tells the life stories of her former classmates in a primary school in the Dutch province Frisia. Using first-hand accounts and archive research, she paints an intense picture of the influence of a turbulent integration process on the personal lives of both those who were already well established and outsiders (Van Gennep 2014).

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World Citizenship

Developing intercultural competence in international and Dutch classrooms. Research report on the effectiveness of the PREFLEX@Home Programme, a pilot study at THUAS conducted in cooperation with the research group International Cooperation (Belt et al, The Hague University of Applied Sciences, 2015).

H/Doet: students in action

H/Doet is a project that stimulates the social and critical democratic citizenship of students, for students and by students. More concretely, this means that the project contributes to encouraging and supporting students to carry out volunteer work for their local community, the pluralistic Hague society or an international organisation either in the Netherlands or abroad. H/Doet is an initiative of the Citizenship & Diversity research group, the Good Governance for a Safe World research platform and the Faculty of Social Work and Education.
H/Doet organises activities and conducts research. We explicitly link global citizenship and participation as a research activity with education and the outside world. This is achieved by initiating or developing research and education-related activities and offering them together with students.

H/Doet organises activities within the university of applied sciences in order to inform students about the possibilities offered by volunteer work and let them develop and carry out their own activities. As a student, you can also organise a debate or symposium if you have good ideas you would like to see implemented. You receive guidance in developing and carrying out activities and can earn elective credits if your degree programme offers this possibility. This valuable work experience also looks great on your CV. You can earn a certificate for this work, also if you participate in or carry out research.

Together with the Diversity & Citizenship research group, H/Doet conducts research aimed at answering the following questions:

  • What inspires young people/students to devote their time and energy to people outside their immediate circle of peers?
  • Under what conditions is it possible within the pluralistic community of the university of applied sciences, city, village and society at large for people to be willing and able to understand each other and live and work together?
H/Doet offers all students of The Hague University of Applied Sciences the opportunity to turn their words into actions for others/society outside of their own degree programme by volunteering, organising activities related to volunteer work and submitting themes for debate. If you already volunteer, you are welcome to join the project. You are also welcome if you plan to start volunteering and are looking for inspiring activities or would like to contribute to research into social and critical democratic citizenship.
Students from all degree programmes are welcome to join the project. We are in contact with a large number of programmes within the university to this end.
We work together with Den Haag Doet. This is an online platform where organisations in the Municipality of The Hague can advertise their need for volunteers in the form of a job announcement. There are more than 1,000 vacancies listed on the platform in various fields of activity. Den Haag Doet has a volunteer desk at The Hague University of Applied Sciences where students can obtain information about volunteer work and get pointed in the right direction. The desk is open Tuesdays and Thursdays between 12 and 1 pm and located in the Atrium in the university. Also have a look at
H/Doet is for those looking to volunteer and develop further in volunteer work. You are also welcome if you plan to start volunteering and are looking for inspiring activities. The project gives you the opportunity to develop and expand your research skills. The project focuses on:

  • The Den Haag Doet volunteer desk helps those looking for volunteering opportunities
  • Participation in and the organisation symposia and debates on the themes of the participation society and citizenship/volunteering
  • Participating in and/or conducting research for the Citizenship & Diversity research group*
  • Opportunities for personal initiatives to reflect on and expand involvement with your surroundings and community.

*Research groups are affiliated with the university of applied sciences and are comprised of lectors and knowledge networks that conduct research in order to create a link between education and professional practice.

 What do you get out of participation in the project?

  • Taking action and, as a result, doing something for others or helping others through volunteer work - and helping yourself in the process. And it’s lots of fun!
  • You expand your network and bulk up your CV
  • You gain work experience in less obvious places
  • You achieve your goals and develop or use your talents
  • You increase your skills in debating and organising dialogue
  • You practice carrying out research and strengthen your research skills
  • You strengthen your communication and diversity skills  This is achieved by:
  • Collaborating beyond the borders of your discipline and profession
  • Breaking down the barriers of origin, language and culture
  • Bringing together people by organising activities or volunteering

H/Doet develops further through the efforts and initiatives of you and your fellow students. By DOING things and/or RESEARCHING together, you help achieve the goals of the project, namely to stimulate social and critical democratic citizenship.

  • You participate in research conducted by the research group when volunteering
  • You can carry out research assignments for the research group
  • You can serve as an ambassador for the project. This lets you contribute to the development and progress of the project
  • You can sign up as a volunteer with Den Haag Doet

I’m increasingly positive about the multicultural society.

Head of research group Baukje Prins

Baukje Prins, head of research group (2009-present)

Baukje Prins studied Dutch Language & Literature and Philosophy at the University of Groningen. She then spent several years working as a Dutch teacher in secondary schools. In 1997, Baukje earned her PhD from Utrecht University with a thesis on feminist knowledge theory and Dutch discourse on minorities, after which she became a social and political philosophy lecturer at the universities of Maastricht and Groningen.


For more information on the project and questions, please contact:
Ms A.M.B. (Margot) Sol, project leader and researcher with H/Doet: students in action.
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Calendar of events

Meetings in 2016DateCampusCategory
Tolerance as a paradoxal virtue2 June 2016 7 pm - 9 pmLiquor Store De Filosoof, Papestraat 5, The HagueLecture
Freedom and respect: lecture prior to performance of 4 May Remembrance Day Project Choir of Groningen27 May 2016 12 pm – 12:30 pmSpeaker's Corner, The Hague University of Applied SciencesLecture
“What would you do ...?”For students: 26 May 4 pm - 6 pm For lecturers: 16 June 4 pm - 6 pmWorldroom, THUASWorkshop
Interrogating masculinities. Intersectionality as a heuristic device.18 May 2016 4 pm - 6 pmInstitute for the Study of Conflict Transformation and Social Justice, Queen's University, BelfastPublic lecture

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