Funding for BUas PD candidates

The Taskforce for Applied Research SIA (Regieorgaan SIA) has honoured seven requests for funding Professional Doctorate candidates in the domains Maritime and Leisure, Tourism & Hospitality. Among them are BUas researchers Samantha Boom and Peter van der Aalst.

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The funding for seven candidates is part of the pilot for their own doctorate track in higher professional education: the Professional Doctorate (PD). This year, universities of applied sciences have started the pilot and herewith introduce a new learning pathway which they want to extend the boundaries in professional practice. The pilot was launched by the Netherlands Association of Universities of Applied Sciences in conjunction with the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, and Regieorgaan SIA.

Introducing the BUas candidates

Samantha Boom

Gender barriers: Is the Dutch hospitality industry inhospitable towards its women employees?

Only 17% of top management positions at the 5 largest hotel chains in the Netherlands are held by women, compared to 50% in non-management positions. This track investigates the existence of gender barriers in the Dutch hospitality industry and, together with NH Hotels and IHG, develops and tests interventions that enable more women to advance their hospitality careers.

Peter van der Aalst

Utilising urban culture to develop future-proof cities

Cities invest in urban culture (breakdance, graffiti, skateboarding) in the hope of generating economic value, increased attractiveness, social cohesion, inclusion, and health benefits. This project focuses on the shift of street sports/arts into formal policy domains of cities. It aims to investigate how urban culture can best be organised and facilitated to create sustainable value for the development of a city and all the parties concerned, and to come up with policy recommendations to make cities attractive to residents and visitors, and use their limited resources as efficiently and effectively as possible.

The PD pilot

In the period 2023-2029, the professional doctorate pilot will be implemented in seven domains. These domains are:

  • Energy & Sustainability
  • Health & Well-being
  • Art + Creative
  • Leisure, Tourism & Hospitality
  • Maritime
  • Education: Learning and Professionalising
  • Technology & Digitisation

Candidates will be trained to become highly-qualified professionals who learn to intervene in complex practices, such as health care, energy transition or the arts and culture sector.  Practice-based research is central to this new vocational training programme.