Roland Blonk

POSITION: PROFESSOR | LABOUR EXPERTISE AND INCLUSIVE INNOVATION OF WORK
TNO UNIT: HEALTHY LIVING (WORK)
UNIVERSITY: TILBURG UNIVERSITY, TILBURG SCHOOL OF SOCIAL AND BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES AND OPTENTIA RESEARCH CENTRE, NORTH WEST UNIVERSITY, VANDERBIJLPARK, SOUTH AFRICA.
 
TNO LOCATION: LEIDEN
EMAIL: ROLAND.BLONK@TNO.NL
TEL: +31631792892

RESEARCH AREA

Behavior change and the role of self-efficacy beliefs is my expertise. This expertise is translated, used and combined with other disciplines to develop integral and system oriented interventions to arrive at an inclusive labor market. Municipalities and private companies are the main partners in this endeavor, focusing on unemployed, low skilled workers inclusive entrepreneurship and professional guidance. Developing and implementing diagnostic systems, interventions and inclusive technology focused on individuals and employers, to enhance professionalism and evidence based practice in this field are the main means to attain our goal. My research contributes to the TNO Roadmap “Work and Health”.

RECENT RESULTS

We developed the intervention Gewogen Maatwerk together with the municipalities Amersfoort and The Hague aimed to enhance evidence based working in social services. This intervention is adopted by and is the fundament of transformation processes in several other cities.

In recent years carefully built on visibility and network. This has led to several large and prolonged cooperation paid by municipalities and companies, in addition to four ZonMW applications accepted, three EU-funded projects (ESF and ERDF), one project by Institute GAK. On the recommendation of the Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment, our VP funding was increased by 50%. In recent years, the number of colleagues working on this topic has grown from five to twenty-five, with multiple backgrounds and from different departments, functioning as a network. Two chairs have been set up: the Chair of Labour Expertise at Tilburg University in 2017 and the Chair of North West University, South Africa. A large number of cities base their Social Domain approach on our model, including The Hague and Tilburg, the third and sixth largest city in the Netherlands. The sector organisation Divosa, the professional association BvK, TNO, Tilburg University and twelve municipalities, are working on the creation of a Community of Practice, aimed at knowledge development and knowledge sharing.

PHD SUPERVISION

  • Ilonka Eekhoudt (Government funding)
  • Suzanne van Hees (Instituut GAK)
  • Jenny Huijs, National Police (PhD received September 2019)
  • To be hired (TNO and Tilburg University)

TOP PUBLICATIONS

  • Lagerveld, S. E., Brenninkmeijer, V., Blonk, R. W., Twisk, J., & Schaufeli, W. B. (2017). Predictive value of work-related self-efficacy change on RTW for employees with common mental disorders. Occup Environ Med, 74(5), 381-383.
  • Blonk, R.W.B. (2018; 2019). We zijn nog maar net begonnen / We have only just started. Inaugural lecture. Tilburg University: Tilburg. NWU: Vanderbijlpark, South Africa.
  • Huijs, J. J., Houtman, I. L., Taris, T. W., & Blonk, R. W. (2019). Effect of a participative action intervention program on reducing mental retirement. BMC public health, 19(1), 194.

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