Jolanda Berends (1977) studied Cultural and Social Development at the HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht (2002) and Cultural Anthropology at VU Amsterdam (2007). Since 2003 she has been working as a lecturer in social work at HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht and since 2018 as a researcher at the Research group Participation and Urban Development.
Her interest in diversity issues was amplified during her CMV internship at the 'Ethnologisches Museum’ in Berlin. For her master graduation research, she investigated the memories of social inequality of local rural people in Russia, both before and after the fall of the USSR. She was intrigued by the way local villagers perceive social inequality as central to everyday life.
"Think global, act local and be social"
As a researcher Jolanda is involved in the research project ‘HUGS'. In cooperation with three research groups she researches initiatives aimed at increasing the community development and student involvement at the HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht. Next to this she is involved in an international research on added values of an international experience during the social work study. At the end of 2019 Jolanda finished the project ‘Empowering families’, in which she followed the participatory action research method, to support active citizens to become ambassadors ‘healthier living’ in the neighbourhood Kanaleneiland in Utrecht.
Fields of expertise:
- Community development
- International Social Work