Second stream projects

Second stream research is funded by NWO, ZonMW or STW. An overview of current projects:

Member of the club: Organized sports and sustainable social bonding

  • Research: Within this project researchers analyse the differences in membership of sport clubs and the impact it has on the bond between people and their willingness to dedicate themselves to the club. This research will provide new insights on citizenship, membership and membership organisations in the Netherlands. The aim of the study is to help Dutch sport associations successfully anticipate and react to the changing meaning of club membership for athletes.

  • Contact: Prof. dr. M. (Maarten) van Bottenburg

Sport and physical activity in public space

  • Research: Sport and physical activity can be stimulated through the design of public space. In this project, we use motion sensors and GPS to research how people are physically active and which elements in public space are supportive or obstructive for this. The aim is to develop policy recommendations for promoting physical activity through a better design of public space. 

  • Contact: Dr. ir. D.F. (Dick) Ettema

Towards optimal usage of sport facilities to stimulate sports participation

  • Research: In this project, the meaning of sport facilities for sports participation is central. To what extent does the construction, management and operation of sport facilities contribute to increasing sports participation? How do you develop good sport facility policy? The results of this research will provide tools for organisations working with this.
  • Contact: Dr. ir. D.F. (Dick) Ettema

From football women to women in football

  • Research: Girls football is the fastest growing sport in the world, also in the Netherlands. But what is the societal impact of this? This research yields knowledge about the meaning of football for talent development, alignment of integration of (migrant) girls and the development of a pluralistic society. This leads to policy recommendations for football and sport associations, empowerment organisations and sport related businesses.

  • Contact: Dr. M. (Martijn) Oosterbaan

Sport for chronical ill children and youths

  • Research: In general, it is believed that sports has a positive effect on the quality of life of chronically ill people. But sports does not have a positive meaning for all patients. In this project, researchers will study the meaning of sport for patients with diabetes, depression, breast cancer and HIV/AIDS. The knowledge gained will be used to better advise chronically ill people about sports.

  • Contact: Dr. T. (Tim) Takken