dhr. dr. C. (Christian) Bröer

  • Faculteit der Maatschappij- en Gedragswetenschappen
    Programmagroep: Dynamics of Citizenship and Culture
  • Nieuwe Achtergracht  166
    1018 WV  Amsterdam
  • C.Broer@uva.nl
    T:  0205252238

My central scientific concern is with the social origins of problems as diverse as hyperactivity, sadness,  aircraft noise or environmental health risks Particularly I want to find out if and how the  experience of a problem and political processes interact.

In teaching, I focus on health and citizenship and qualitative and mixed methods. I have co-organized several workshops and international conferences on these matters.  

My work is published in journals like Sociology of Health and Illness or Mobilization and I act as a reviewer for Social Science and Medicine, Sociology and other journals. In the last couple of years I was able to attract funding of about E 600.000.  I am leading the program group Political Sociology, formerly Dynamics of Citizenship and Culture at the AISSR.  


Edith de Vast, one of my former students, has won the KWALON award for best qualitative thesis in the Netherlands 2007-2008

In the past I have taught the following courses :

  • Theme's and region's in medical anthropology and sociology
  • Practices of care
  • Qualitative Data Analysis
  • Several guest lectures (sociology, International School) 
  • Introduction to sociology and anthropology for medical students
  • Introduction to sociology
  • Recent debates in sociology 
  • Sociological Theory
  • Historical-comparative anthropology / sociology
  • Research workshops

Supervising PhD

I am supervising PhD´s, research (master) en bachelor students with their thesis: 

  • Bert de Graaf. In August 2010 Bert de Graaff graduated with distinction at the University of Amsterdam with a thesis entitled 'I am my own laboratory - electrohypersensitivity enacted', an article on the everyday practices of those claiming to be electrohypersensitive within the context of an epistemic-policital conflict regarding health and technology. From July 2010 onwards Bert is employed as PhD-student at the Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research (AISSR) in the project 'Politics and Risk Communication' (PARC) on EMF health risk perception and the effect of politics on risk communication. Herein he is supervised by prof. dr. J.W. Duyvendak, dr. C. Bröer and dr. F. Woudenberg. This five-year research program, in collaboration with the Amsterdam Municipal Health Service and financed by ZonMW, will investigate the changes within citizens' perceptions of risk regarding the installation of UMTS-base stations on a local level using a mixed-methods, longitudinal design. 
  • Noortje Thijssen. Noortje Thijssen heeft sociologie gestudeerd aan de Universiteit Utrecht. Samen met Bart Snels was ze secretaris van de commissie die het verkiezingsprogramma van GroenLinks in 2006 schreef. Momenteel werkt zeaan een proefschrift over de jaren zestig. Ze onderzoekt hoe dit decennium wordt herinnerd en beoordeeld door politici en commentatoren in het debat en hoe zij deze periode claimen in een strijd om politieke macht.
  • Judith Elshout    

Supervising MA and BA

Here are some examples of the kind of MA or BA thesis I supervised as a first supervisor:

  • Edith de Vast: ethnographic comparison of large-scale and small scale home's for demented elderly  
  • Nora van der Linden: Leefbaar Rotterdam voters: reflexive or straightfoward
  • Marthe van Andel: Stigmatization of school children with HIV
  • Robbie Vos: creating the authenticity of electric hypersensitivity
  • Femke van Leeuwen: dealing with loss after suicide
  • Lumi Holopainen: psychotherapy on TV in Romania 
  • Marjolein Heerings: adults with ADHD, discourse and identity
  • Chantal Smeekens: stigmatization and anti-stigmatization of HIV  / AIDS within Philippine families
  • Bert de Graaff, Electrohypersensitivity in daily life (graduated cum laude)
  • Eva van der Meer, the effect of media reports on risk perception
  • Iwan van der Meer, identification of victims and perpetrators of domesticviolence
  • Marieke Boele van Hensbroek, aggression against ambulance personel
  • Marieke Kroezen, the effect of health prevention on risk perception
  • Nienke van Sambeek, diagnose relatedgroups(DBC in Dutch) and psy-professionals (graduated cum laude)








  • C. Bröer (2007). 'Aircraft noise and risk politics'. Health, Risk & Society, 9 (2), 37-52.


  • C. Bröer, K. Wirth, M. Brink & C. Schierz (2005). Veränderung der Lärmbelästigung im zeitlichen Verlauf. Umweltmedizin in Forschung und Praxis, 10 (2).



  • M.B. de Graaff & C. Broer (2012). From technological imperatives to cure: variants of de-politicizing mobile phone technology. In Second ISA Forum of Sociology, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
  • M.B. de Graaff & C. Broer (2012). 'We are the canary in a coal mine: Establishing a disease category and a new health risk (presentation). In Second ISA Forum of Sociology, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
  • M.B. de Graaff, C. Broer & W.G.J. Duyvendak (2012). Editing Interpretation: how municipal policy shapes the development and affect of activism. In 7th International Conference in Interpretive Policy Analysis, Tilburg University, Tilburg.
  • M.B. de Graaff, C. Broer & W.G.J. Duyvendak (2012). Editing Interpretation: a case study into the influence of policy on local social movements. In ESS 82nd Annual Meeting - Storied Lives: Culture, Structure, and Narrative - New York.
  • I. Verhoeven & C. Broer (2012). Contentious governance. Local governments as social movement actors. In Mini-conference: Social Movements Players Formerly Known as the State Part Two.


  • C. Bröer (2011). Policy and Protest. In European Sociological Association conference.
  • C. Bröer (2011). Private trouble, public issue, adults on ADHD. In European Sociological Association conference.
  • C. Bröer (2011). Variants of medicalization, Hyperactive adults and neurochemical discourse. In British Sociological Association annual conference.
  • C. Bröer (2011). Risk Policy and Risk Perception. In ESA-Risk and Uncertainty Network midterm conference.




  • C. Bröer (2006). Beleid vormt overlast: hoe beleidsdiscoursen de beleving van geluid bepalen. Amsterdam: Aksant.


  • C. Bröer & K. Wirth (2004). Mehr Belästigung bei gleichem Pegel, Wieso Flugzeuggeräusche heute möglicherweise lästiger sind als vor 40 Jahren. Zeitschrift für Lärmbekämpfung, 118-122.


  • C. Bröer (2002). "Sound, meaning and politics, The social construction of aircraft noise annoyance". In Offical Publication of the Forum Acusticum Revista da acústica. Sevilla.


  • Anne-Elisabeth Driessen & C. Bröer (2012). Actieve en passieve patiënten: sociale media en mannen met borstkanker. Psychosociale oncologie.


  • C. Bröer (2011). Definitiemacht in een risicosamenleving. In IGZ Cahier. Utrecht: IGZ.





  • C. Bröer & K. Wirth (2004). Wachsende Empfindlichkeit gegenüber Fluglärm? Immobilia, 71 (11), 12-14.


  • P. Kapteyn, C. Bröer & W. Beck (2001). 'Sociale cohesie, over natievorming en het gebrek daaraan'. (extern rapport). Den Haag: NWO.


  • P. Kapteyn, C. Bröer & W. Beck (2000). "'Sociale Cohaesie', de bruikbaarheid van een begrip.". (extern rapport). Den Haag: NWO.



  • C. Bröer (2011). Henk Sol prize for the innovative approach in ‘Policy discourse and people's internal frames on declared aircraft annoyance: an application of Q-methodology’. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 126(1), 195-207, with M. Kroesen. Recognition.
  • C. Bröer (2011). Young Career Achievement prize for the period 2007-2011, for the article ‘Private Trouble, policy issue, how policy discourses shape our experience of aircraft sound. Recognition.

Wetenschappelijke positie

  • C. Broer (period: 2007 till 2011). Board member Position at : NSV.

Wetenschappelijke positie

  • P.R. Brown, C. Bröer, J.O. Zinn & B. de Graaff (2013). ESA / ISA Risk and Uncertainty Network Midterm Conference.
  • I. Verhoeven & C. Broer (2012). Panel ‘Understanding Processes of Policy Contestation’. 7th IPA conference Understanding the Drama of Democracy: Tilburg (2012, July 5 - 2012, July 7).


  • C. Bröer (2013, April 19). Policy cultures. University of Cardiff, School of Social Science, Glamorgen seminar series.
  • C. Bröer (2012, February 17). Noise policies shape protest. University of Essex, ESRC Seminar on the Politics of Sustainable Aviation.
  • C. Bröer (2012, April 25). Neurobiology in public and in privateAdults on ADHD. Kings College and Goodenough College London, European Science Foundation / European Neuroscience and Society Network conference.
  • C. Bröer (2011, December 14). Policy Impact, Advocacy and Health Risks in the Netherlands. University of Leicester, 'Connected communities’ program, financed by the British Arts and Humanities Research Council.


  • C. Bröer (Ed.). (2011). Sociologie.
  • C. Broer (Ed.). (2008). Sociologie.
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