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Pascal Collard (1991) studied Health Sciences and Management, Policy Analysis and Entrepreneurship in the Health and Life Sciences at VU University in Amsterdam and Care Ethics and Policy at the University of Humanistic Studies in Utrecht. His research experience during and after his studies are focused on qualitative research approaches, such as responsive evaluation and phenomenology, in the field of wellbeing, society and policy.

In September 2017, Pascal started a PhD program at the University of Humanistic Studies under the supervision of prof. dr. Evelien Tonkens (dep. Citizenship) and prof. dr. Carlo Leget (dep. Care Ethics), and co-supervisor dr. Merel Visse. He focusses on the meaning of trust in inclusive policymaking between local governments and stakeholders, such as citizens. His PhD consists of three cases in three large local municipalities, which are interconnected through a learning community and a synthesis. Pascal is currently working on his first case in Tilburg Municipality and on his second case at the department of Research & Business Intelligence at Rotterdam municipality. 

Aside from his PhD-project, Pascal works at the Athena Institute as a lecturer for the master course ‘Ethics in Life Sciences’ at VU University. In addition, he is the coordinator of the course. 

Moreover, Pascal works at two high schools as a researcher and quality assurance officer. 


In September 2017, Pascal started a PhD-project at the University of Humanistic Studies on the meaning of trust in inclusive policymaking between local governments and stakeholders, such as citizens. He conducts a study in Tilburg municipality on the initiative Agenda Sociaal 013. Based on a phenomenological approach, he aims to unravel the essence of 'Agenda Sociaal 013' and to understand the meaning of the essence for further initiatives. The Dutch description and meaning of this initiative can be found on www.agendasociaal013.nl.

Pascal conducts his second case study at Rotterdam Municipality. At the department of Research & Business Intelligence, he works on the research theme 'Kwetsbaar en Krachtig'. To gain long term insights into the experiences of vulnerable citizens in Rotterdam, follow-up research is required. 'Kwetsbaar en Krachtig' part 3 builds on the studies Kwetsbaar en Krachtig 1 and 2 (2011-2016), in which the development of self-reliance and participation of vulnerable citizens in Rotterdam are followed prior to and during the Social Support Act (Wet maatschappelijke ondersteuning) that became effective in January 2015. A third study will provide insights into the developments several years after the Social Support Act became effective. Kwetsbaar en Krachtig 3 will be a type of 'inclusive research', in which a variety of stakeholders (policy maker, researchers, care providers, care clients) are collaboratively included throughout every phase of the research process.


Master course Ethics in Life Sciences - coordinator and lecturer

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  • H Social Sciences (General)
  • BJ Ethics

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  • Qualitative research
  • Stakeholder participation
  • Inclusive research
  • Phenomenology
  • Care ethics


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