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Here the Radboud University presents theses written by students affiliated with the various bachelor and master programmes offered at the Radboud University, as well as papers written by students of the Radboud Honours Academy.

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    Navigating flood resilience in Dutch water policies and public engagement in Nijmegen
    (2024-06-18) Boldewijn, Diederik
    This paper examines the effectiveness of policy implementations and the influence of public participation on flood risk reduction along the Waal in Nijmegen. High water levels have occurred within the last few years, even though influential water safety programs have been in place, and it is expected that there will be more due to climate change. Therefore, it is useful to evaluate those water safety programs and learn lessons from them. An intensive document analysis was conducted based on various policy and program documents to investigate the various programs and policies. Six semi-constructed interviews were conducted with various local stakeholders regarding their program participation and perception of flood risk. It was possible to assess their influence on the decision-making process and their perception of the effectiveness of the water projects. This research shows that the water programs successfully reduced the risk of floods and that public participation positively affected the programs due to their local expertise. Future policies should include more participants in the decision-making process.
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    Cinemas as social infrastructures - Exhibitors facilitating social interactions
    (2024-06-04) Wiesehahn, Daniel
    This research investigates to what extent cinemas function as social infrastructures and how cinema exhibitors facilitate this. Taking advantage of an internship at the German cinema and arthouse theatres association HDF KINO in Berlin, a case study was conducted. The findings indicate that facilitating social infrastructures requires materials that provide an aesthetic character that creates comfort, using the space of the cinema in ways that invite social interaction. Exhibitors need the competences to be sensitive towards the audience and create an intimate space where the visitors feel comfortable to socialise. The exhibitors’ work motivation is a very important aspect for creating social infrastructures, as the amount of facilitated social interaction depends on the dedication, creativity and endurance of the exhibitors. Although cinemas are still businesses and need to focus on generating income, exhibitors differ in opinion about how the cinema offers a social aim. This study provides arguments in support of exhibitors and cinema associations to help convince policymakers and funding institutions that cinemas can function as social infrastructures. The study substantiates that cinemas as social infrastructures do not exist alone, but are assemblages consisting of embedded relations and structures which depend on each other.
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    Redifing the battlefields: the Dutch Ministery of defence role in societal resiliance
    (2024-07-02) Baggermans, Rob
    In the contemporary landscape of hybrid warfare, safeguarding the state, territory and population from multifaceted threats targeting military, economic, political, and social vulnerabilities is imperative. The government has to adapt to set up an appropriate response, which is found in the concept of resilience. This research examines the role of the Dutch Ministry of Defence (MoD) in particular when enhancing societal resilience. Societal resilience-building is approached through the lens of psychological defence within a whole-of-society approach, a Nordic policy response to counter hybrid threats. Initial findings revealed that the primary responsibility for societal resilience in the Netherlands lies with the Nationaal Coordinator Terrorisme en Veiligheid (NCTV), with the MoD assuming a facilitating and supporting role. The question arises to what extent the MoD is capable of contributing to societal resilience-building. This study highlights the necessity for the armed forces to collaborate in a whole-of-government approach to address vulnerabilities and bolster situational awareness among government partners. Ultimately, through increased visibility and improved communication, the MoD could contribute to culminating this approach into a whole-of-society approach, fostering a nationwide understanding of hybrid threats to enhance civil awareness and preparedness and strengthen societal resilience. Key words: societal resilience, hybrid threats, psychological defence, whole-of-society approach.
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    Educational tourism in Cyprus: exploring the cultural exchange expectations of Dutch high school students
    (2024-06-20) Surksum, van, Sietske
    This study aims to answer the question: In what way do educational tourists expect to experience cultural exchange before participating in tourism programs in Cyprus? The research is conducted as a quantitative study and examines several concepts including travelers' motivation, cultural aspects, the role of cultural exchange, age and school level to investigate this main question. The research reveals significant differences in the motivations for participating in educational trips. Although personal development and cultural experiences are key drivers, educational outcomes are seen as additional benefits rather than the main goal. The findings indicate that cultural exchange, which involves direct interaction with the local population, is highly valued. Students show great interest in understanding the daily life, traditions and mentality of people in other countries. The research highlights the importance of tailoring educational trips to the varying expectations of different age groups. It underlines the important role of personal development and cultural immersion in educational tourism as well, and suggests that these elements should be prioritized over formal educational goals to improve the overall experience of educational tourists in Cyprus.
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    Kunnen, willen en mogen werken aan studentenwelzijn. Welke factoren spelen een rol bij de bereidheid van onderwijsprofessionals op Nederlandse Univeriteiten om zich in te zetten voor studentenwelzijn?
    (2024-06-03) Haterd van de, Jessie
    In deze thesis wordt onderzocht welke factoren de bereidheid van onderwijsprofessionals op Nederlandse universiteiten beïnvloeden om zich in te zetten voor studentenwelzijn. De centrale vraag hierbij is: "Welke factoren spelen een rol bij de bereidheid van onderwijsprofessionals op Nederlandse universiteiten om zich in te zetten voor studentenwelzijn?" Deze vraag is relevant gezien de toenemende aandacht voor studentenwelzijn, zowel nationaal als internationaal, en de noodzaak van een geïntegreerde aanpak binnen het hoger onderwijs. Het theoretisch kader van dit onderzoek is gebaseerd op het AMO-model (Abilities, Motivation, Opportunities), dat inzicht biedt in hoe de vaardigheden (kunnen), motivatie (willen) en kansen (mogen) van onderwijsprofessionals bijdragen aan hun bereidheid om studentenwelzijn te bevorderen. Daarnaast wordt het model van gepland gedrag gebruikt om de gedragsintenties van deze professionals te verklaren. Voor de empirische data zijn diepte-interviews afgenomen met 14 onderwijsprofessionals, waaronder docenten, studieadviseurs en studentdecanen, tussen juni en augustus 2022. Deze interviews geven inzicht in hun percepties en ervaringen met betrekking tot studentenwelzijn. Door een combinatie van gestructureerde en open vragen werden de factoren geïdentificeerd die hun bereidheid beïnvloeden. De analyse van de interviews werd uitgevoerd met behulp van sjablooncodering in ATLAS.ti, waarbij zowel deductieve als inductieve benaderingen zijn gebruikt. De resultaten tonen aan dat vaardigheden zoals effectieve communicatie en empathie essentieel zijn voor het bevorderen van studentenwelzijn. Verder blijkt intrinsieke motivatie, zoals het verlangen om een positieve impact te hebben op studenten, van invloed te zijn. De beschikbaarheid van middelen en tijd blijkt ook een significante rol te spelen bij het ondersteunen van deze inzet. De conclusie van dit onderzoek benadrukt dat de bereidheid van onderwijsprofessionals om bij te dragen aan studentenwelzijn wordt beïnvloed door een complex samenspel van persoonlijke en organisatorische factoren. Beleidsaanbevelingen richten zich op het verbeteren van kennis en vaardigheden, ondersteuning voor onderwijsprofessionals en het creëren van een institutionele cultuur die studentenwelzijn prioriteit geeft. Dit onderzoek draagt bij aan de wetenschappelijke kennis over studentenwelzijn en biedt praktische inzichten voor het versterken van de inzet van onderwijsprofessionals op dit gebied.

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