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Dr. C. (Christian) Bröer

Faculteit der Maatschappij- en Gedragswetenschappen
Programmagroep: Political Sociology: Power, Place and Difference
Fotograaf: Bram Belloni

  • Nieuwe Achtergracht 166
  • Kamernummer: B6.06
  • Postbus 15508
    1001 NA Amsterdam
  • Profile

    I am associate professor of sociology, leading a number of research projects and educational teams. My central scientific concern is with the political origins of subjectivity. Particularly I want to find out how the experience of a problem and political processes interact in cases like bodily (over)activity, sadness, (over)weight, mobile phone technology or aircraft noise. Conceptually, I aim to further develop medicalization theory. Methodologically I try to advance qualitative methods through systematizing collaborative longitudinal approaches. 

    My research so far shows that everyday experiences and taken-for-granted assumptions are often profoundly shaped by policy practices. The coming years I will look into the mechanisms behind this effect. In Sarphati Amsterdam , I am leading a large-scale longitudinal ethnographic panel study on eating, drinking, physical activity and sleeping. I will try to find out how and why certain aspects of a childs development become problematized within a household and how in the process health practices emerge. In CoCreate https://www.fhi.no/en/studies/co-create/ I am leading workpackage 5, where we investigate under which conditions the policy for overweigth prevention can be cocreated with young people and pushed into the direction of societal and system approaches instead of invididual approaches. I am also developing software for open online qualitative research.  

    At the University of Amsterdam, I head the  program group Political Sociology and lead the team that sets up a new BA program called Humans Society and Technology.

    My career is a bit a-typical since I first studied ballet, worked outside academia between my MA (cum laude) and the beginning of my PhD study and worked part-time since my daughter was born in 2000 until 2012. I am still keen on dancing and teach Salsa irregularly.

    My work is published in journals like Social Science and Medicine, Sociology of Health and Illness or Mobilization. You can find much of it on my researchgate page and on my academia page.

  • Teaching



    In the past I have taught the following courses :

    • Social Media and the City
    • Crowd Findings: developing software for online collaborative interpretation, honours program
    • Citizenship and Health
    • 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. My PhD-students:

    • Principal supervisor of Colette Santha: childrens health complaints in Ghana
    • Principal supervisor of Nguyen Minh Huong: risk policy in Vietnam
    • Co-supervisor of Robert Davidson: gay advocacy and the Dutch state
    • Co-supervisor of Melissa Seebrechts: recognition and mild intellectual disabilities


    Supervising MA and BA

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

    • Jonathan Berg: ADHD in Indian schools
    • Brechtje van Hiele: klachten bij de ombudsman
    • Ernee Derckx, ASMR community
    • Tim ten Ham: governance of information technology and health risks: the case of patient records
    • Nienke Slagboom: Globalization of mental health diagnosis and treatment:  ADHD in Pune / India
    • Jante Schmidt: Autonomy and care needs: long term care patients in the Netherlands
    • Melissa Sebrechts: care and active citizenship: ADHD in a childcare facility Antwerp / Belgium
    • 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)
  • Publicaties


    • Bröer, C., Ayuandini, S., Baillergeau, E., Moerman, G., Veltkamp, G., Luszczynska, A., Budin-Ljøsne, I., Rito, A. I., Stensdal, M., Lien, N., & Klepp, K-I. (2023). Recruiting and engaging adolescents in creating overweight and obesity prevention policies: The CO-CREATE project. Obesity Reviews, 24(S1), [e13546]. https://doi.org/10.1111/obr.13546 [details]
    • Bröer, C., Veltkamp, G., Ayuandini, S., Baillergeau, E., Moerman, G., de Sauvage , R., Banik, A., Luszczynska, A., Mendes, S., Klepp, K-I., Helleve, A., Nesrallah, S., Lien, N., & Kaur Grewal , N. (2023). Negotiating policy ideas: Participatory action research projects across five European countries. Ethics, Medicine and Public Health , 28, [100905]. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jemep.2023.100905 [details]
    • Grewal , N. K., Klepp, K-I., Banik, A., Bröer, C., Holbæk, H., Luszczynska, A., Macauley, T., Rutter, H., & Lien, N. (2023). Assessing adolescents' readiness for action and attitudes toward obesity prevention: Instrument development and psychometric properties. Obesity Reviews, 24(S1), [e13533]. https://doi.org/10.1111/obr.13533 [details]


    • Budin-Ljøsne, I., Ayuandini, S., Baillergeau, E., Bröer, C., Helleve, A., Klepp, K. I., Kysnes, B., Lien, N., Luszczynska, A., Nesrallah, S., Rito, A., Rutter, H., Samdal, O., Savona, N., & Veltkamp, G. (2022). Ethical considerations in engaging young people in European obesity prevention research: The CO-CREATE experience. Obesity Reviews, [e13518]. https://doi.org/10.1111/obr.13518
    • Santah, C., & Bröer, C. (2022). Agency through medicalization: Ghanaian children navigating illness, medicine and adult resistance. Social Science and Medicine, 315, [115504]. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.socscimed.2022.115504 [details]




    • Brown, P., Moerman, G., & Bröer, C. (2019). Interviews as a Means of Exploring Risk Lifeworlds: Excavating the Roots of Everyday Meanings, Experiences and Practices. In A. Olofsson, & J. O. Zinn (Eds.), Researching Risk and Uncertainty: Methodologies, Methods and Research Strategies (pp. 205-230). (Critical Studies in Risk and Uncertainty). Palgrave Macmillan. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-95852-1_9 [details]
    • de Graaff, M. B., & Bröer, C. (2019). Governance and risk in everyday life: depoliticization and citizens' experiences of cell site deployment in the Netherlands and Southern California. Journal of Risk Research, 22(12), 1586–1601. https://doi.org/10.1080/13669877.2018.1501596 [details]


    • Bröer, C., Spronk, R., & Kraak, V. (2018). Exploring the ADHD Diagnosis in Ghana: between disrespect and lack of institutionalization. In M. R. Bergey, A. M. Filipe, P. Conrad, & I. Singh (Eds.), Global Perspectives on ADHD: Social Dimensions of Diagnosis and Treatment in Sixteen Countries (pp. 354-375). Johns Hopkins University Press. [details]
    • Schrijver, E., Duyvendak, J. W., & Bröer, C. (2018). Woede in meervoud: Boze burgers aan het woord. In R. Gabriëls, S. Koenis, & T. Swierstra (Eds.), Het hart op de tong: Emoties in de politiek (pp. 25-38). Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press. [details]
    • Sebrechts, M., Tonkens, E., & Bröer, C. (2018). Rituals of recognition: Interactions and interaction rules in sheltered workshops in the Netherlands. European Journal of Cultural and Political Sociology, 5(4), 455-475. https://doi.org/10.1080/23254823.2018.1464399 [details]
    • Veltkamp, G., Bröer, C., & Karasaki, M. (2018). Family health competence: attachment, detachment and health behaviours in the early years of parenthood. Manuscript submitted for publication.





    • Bröer, C., Moerman, G., Spruijt, P., & van Poll, R. (2014). Risk policies and risk perceptions: a comparative study of environmental health risk policy and perception in six European countries. Journal of Risk Research, 17(4), 525-542. https://doi.org/10.1080/13669877.2014.889197 [details]
    • Trundle, C., Singh, I., & Bröer, C. (2014). Fighting to be heard: contested diagnoses. In A. Goldstein Jutel, & K. Dew (Eds.), Social issues in diagnosis: an introduction for students and clinicians (pp. 165-182). Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. [details]



    • Beerends, S., & Bröer, C. (2012). ‘Als je pillen gaat slikken, vermijd je iets wat echt is’: romantische en sociologische denkbeelden in het publieke debat over geestelijke gezondheidszorg. Sociologie, 8(3), 318-342. https://doi.org/10.5117/SOC2012.3.BEER [details]
    • Bröer, C., & Duyvendak, J. W. (2012). Sensing and seizing opportunities: how contentious actors and strategies emerge. In J. Goodwin, & J. M. Jasper (Eds.), Contention in context: political opportunities and the emergence of protest (pp. 240-255). Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press. [details]
    • de Graaff, M. B., & Bröer, C. (2012). ‘We are the canary in a coal mine’: establishing a disease category and a new health risk. Health, Risk & Society, 14(2), 129-147. https://doi.org/10.1080/13698575.2012.661040 [details]


    • van Sambeek, N., Tonkens, E., & Bröer, C. (2011). Sluipend kwaliteitsverlies in de geestelijke gezondheidszorg: professionals over de gevolgen van marktwerking. B en M : Tijdschrift voor Beleid, Politiek en Maatschappij, 38(1), 47-64. [details]


    • Bröer, C., & Duyvendak, J. W. (2009). Discursive opportunities, feeling rules and the rise of protests against aircraft noise. Mobilization, 14(3), 337-356. [details]
    • Hugenholtz, M., Bröer, C., & van Daalen, R. (2009). Apprehensive parents: a qualitative study on parents seeking immediate primary care for their children. British Journal of General Practice, 59(560), 173-180. https://doi.org/10.3399/bjgp09X394996 [details]
    • Kroesen, M., & Bröer, C. (2009). Policy discourse and people's internal frames, and declared aircraft noise annoyance: an application of Q-methodology. The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 126(1), 195-207. https://doi.org/10.1121/1.3139904 [details]
    • Wolfshöfer, C., & Bröer, C. (2009). Opvang en resocialisatie: hoe daklozen leven in de maatschappelijk opvang. Sociologie, 5(4), 463-483. [details]


    • Bröer, C. (2008). Private trouble, policy issue: people's noise annoyance and policy discours. Critical Policy Analysis, 2(2), 93-117. [details]


    • Bröer, C. (2007). Aircraft noise and risk politics. Health, Risk & Society, 9(2), 37-52. https://doi.org/10.1080/13698570601181631 [details]
    • Bröer, C. (2007). Noise annoyance and policy: How policy shapes non-acoustical factors. In Turkish Acoustical Society - 36th International Congress and Exhibition on Noise Control Engineering, INTER-NOISE 2007 ISTANBUL (Vol. 6, pp. 3819-3827)


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


    • Bröer, C. (1997). Leven met twee landen: de sociale positie van Surinaamse remigranten in historisch sociologisch perspectief. Amsterdams Sociologisch Tijdschrift, 23(4), 608-639. [details]




    • Bröer, C. (2010). Een halve eeuw postmoderne sociologie. Sociologie, 6(1), 90-93. [details]


    • Bröer, C. (2009). Een kritisch en interpretatief kader voor 'Q'. KWALON, 14, 21-22. [details]


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


    • Bröer, C., & Wirth, K. (2004). Mehr Belästigung bei gleichem Pegel, Wieso Flugzeuggeräusche heute möglicherweise lästiger sind als vor 40 Jahren. Zeitschrift für Lärmbekämpfung, (4), 118-122. [details]


    • Bröer, C. (2002). Sound, meaning and politics, The social construction of aircraft noise annoyance. Revista da acústica. [details]



    • van der Meer, T., Bol, T., Bröer, C., Duits, L., & Schiffner, K. (Ed.) (2015). Rapport Inventarisatie Knelpunten Medewerkers & Studenten UvA. Amsterdam: UvA. [details]


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


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


    • Bröer, C. (2010). The tragic history of noise abatement [Review of: K. Bijsterveld (2008) Mechanical sound: technology, culture, and public problems of noise in the twentieth century]. Krisis, 2010(1), 150-152. [details]
    • Bröer, C., & Duyvendak, J. W. (2010). Technologievrees door overheid: protesten tegen zendmasten voor mobiele telefonie. Sociologie Magazine, 18(3), 13-15. [details]
    • Bröer, C., Duyvendak, J. W., & Stuiver, M. (2010). Democratie en risico: gezondheidsrisico's, beleid en protesten tegen mobiele telefoniezendmasten. Amsterdam: ASSR. [details]


    • Kroesen, M., & Bröer, C. (2009). Denkbeelden over mainport en milieu. Geluidnieuws : Webtijdschrift over Geluid en Trillingen, 2009(11). [details]


    • Bröer, C. (2008). Noise annoyance: a socio-political approach. Aerlines, (38), 4-6. [details]


    • Bröer, C. (2007). Policy annoyance: how policies shape the experience of aircraft sound. Aerlines, (37), 1-4. [details]


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


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


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


    • Karasaki, M., Veltkamp, G., & Bröer, C. (2016). Engaging with infants: Making of subjectivity in everyday infant eating, sleeping, and body movement practices.. Paper presented at British Sociological Association Medical Sociology Group Annual Conference, Birmingham, United Kingdom.


    • Verhoeven, I., & Broer, C. (2012). Contentious governance. Local governments as social movement actors. Paper presented at Mini-conference: Social Movements Players Formerly Known as the State Part Two.


    • Bröer, C. (2011). Policy and Protest. Paper presented at European Sociological Association conference.
    • Bröer, C. (2011). Private trouble, public issue, adults on ADHD. Paper presented at European Sociological Association conference.
    • Bröer, C. (2011). Risk Policy and Risk Perception. Paper presented at ESA-Risk and Uncertainty Network midterm conference.
    • Bröer, C. (2011). Variants of medicalization, Hyperactive adults and neurochemical discourse. Paper presented at The British Sociological Association annual conference: '60 years of sociology'.


    • Tonkens, E. H., Broer, C., van Hassel, D., & van Sambeek, N. (2010). Effects of marketization in health care: new breeds of professionalism. Paper presented at USBO Working Conference, .

    Prijs / subsidie

    • Bröer, C. (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.
    • Bröer, C. (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..

    Lidmaatschap / relevante positie

    • Broer, C. (2007-2011). Board member, NSV.


    • Broer, C. (22-12-2014). BNR [Radio]. BNR.


    • Bröer, C. (editor) (2011). Sociologie (Journal).
    • Broer, C. (editor) (2008). Sociologie (Journal).


    • Bröer, C. (invited speaker) (1-11-2014). Crowdfindings: a way to collaborative analyse qualitative material, Wikimedia Conference, Utrecht.
    • Bröer, C. (invited speaker) (20-10-2014). From Open Access to Open Collaboration, Symposium Open Access, the new beginning.
    • Bröer, C. (invited speaker) (19-4-2013). Policy cultures, Glamorgen seminar series, University of Cardiff, School of Social Science.
    • Bröer, C. (invited speaker) (25-4-2012). Neurobiology in public and in privateAdults on ADHD, European Science Foundation / European Neuroscience and Society Network conference, Kings College and Goodenough College London.
    • Bröer, C. (invited speaker) (17-2-2012). Noise policies shape protest, ESRC Seminar on the Politics of Sustainable Aviation, University of Essex.
    • Bröer, C. (invited speaker) (14-12-2011). Policy Impact, Advocacy and Health Risks in the Netherlands, 'Connected communities’ program, financed by the British Arts and Humanities Research Council, University of Leicester.


    • Moerman, G. (organiser), Broer, C. (organiser), Veenis, M. (organiser) & Grassiani, E. (organiser) (27-8-2014 - 29-8-2014). #Ethnography: Trends, Traverses and Traditions (organising a conference, workshop, ...).
    • Brown, P. (organiser), Bröer, C. (organiser), Zinn, J. O. (organiser) & de Graaff, B. (organiser) (2013). ESA / ISA Risk and Uncertainty Network Midterm Conference (organising a conference, workshop, ...).
    • van de Werfhorst, H. G. (other), Kuipers, G. M. M. (other) & Bröer, C. (other) (2013 - 2014). Principal author of self-assessment report UvA Sociology research programme “Dynamics of Institutions: Life Course, Citizenship and Culture” (other).
    • Verhoeven, I. (participant) & Broer, C. (participant) (5-7-2012 - 7-7-2012). 7th IPA conference Understanding the Drama of Democracy, Tilburg. Panel ‘Understanding Processes of Policy Contestation’ (participating in a conference, workshop, ...).


    • Bröer, C. (2006). Beleid vormt overlast : hoe beleidsdiscoursen de beleving van geluid bepalen. Aksant. [details]


    • Vries, D. H. ., Bröer, C., Bouw, C., Vlaar, N., Borst, F., de Sauvage Nolting, R. & Veldkamp, G. (2021). Sociale impact van fysieke afstand op kwetsbare populaties tijdens COVID-19 (2020): herhaalde interviews met gezinnen met jonge kinderen. EASY. https://doi.org/10.17026/dans-zxn-fud8
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