PhD Council

The faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences has its own PhD Council comprised of PhD representatives of each department within the faculty. The aim of the PhD Council is to support the social and professional needs of the PhD community within the faculty. This is done by liaising with the FSBS Board of Studies, Faculty Board, PhD office and the Board of Research on the circumstances PhDs find themselves in, among others by conducting a yearly survey.

How do we achieve this?

Examples of matters the FSBS PhD council has worked on so far include the welcoming of new PhDs to the faculty, the quality of supervision of PhD candidates, commitment to the UU’s Train-Zone-Map, the impact of COVID-19 on PhD trajectories, diversity and inclusion within the faculty, and issues pertaining around the mental well-being and workload of the PhDs within our faculty. On top of that, the PhD council sends out a monthly newsletter that covers news updates, events, workshops and much more.


In case you would like to raise a matter with the PhD Council or want more information you can send an e-mail to or get in touch with the representative of your department.

Social Sciences


PhD Council representative

Cultural Anthropology

Jolien van Veen

Methodology & Statistics

Manuel Haqiqatkhah
Daan de Jong

Sociology and Interdisciplinary Social Sciences

Lian van Vemde (ISS/Ercomer)
Paula Hoffmann (ISC)

Interdisciplinary Social Science

Samuel Briones Barrales (ISS/Public Health)

Education and Pedagogy

Child & Adolescent Studies (CAS) / Cultural Diversity & Youth (part of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences)

Hilde Brons and Jenna Spitzer

Youth & Family

Hilde Brons and Jenna Spitzer

Clinical Child & Family Studies

Hilde Brons and Jenna Spitzer

Educational Sciences / Development & Education of Youth in Diverse Societies (DEEDS)

Sophia Braumann (Education)
Nina van Graafeiland (Education)
Lianne Stolte (DEEDS)


Clinical Psychology

Vera Bouwman

Developmental Psychology

Hilde Brons and Jenna Spitzer

Experimental Psychology

Sanne Boïng
Larissa Meijer

Social, Health, and Organisational Psychology

Chenhao Zhou
Kshitij Mor
Tianchang Ji


External PhD candidates

Ana Vlah