dr. HM (Hilje) van der Horst

dr. HM (Hilje) van der Horst


I am an interdisciplinary social scientist with a background in Sociology and Human Geography. My research aims to unravel inequalities in health and consumption, such as relating to food aid and poverty, but also affluent consumption practices.  

Rethinking the place of meat in religious traditions through ritual intervention (NWO)

Impact of social policies on health: What works, for whom and under what circumstances? (ZonMw)

Understanding dignity of food aid receivers in Europe (WASS), exploring the way in which forms of food aid shape dignity of recipients, through ethnographic fieldwork.       

Less stress and poverty, more experienced health and participation (ZonMw), exploring the way in which stigma and shame shape experiences of people in poverty.

Societal acceptance of plant based diets and healthy food environments (NWO), exploring societal backlash against meat curtailment policies.

Transition Towards a Sustainable Food System (NWA, NWO), exploring potential transition pathways with stakeholders, through, among others, futuring methods. 

Towards a data-driven dashboard to support a socially-just transition to circular agriculture (CUCO), exploring the potential role of farm data with stakeholders in a socially just sustainability transition in agriculture.   


Meer dan Handig, Onderzoek naar de impact van hulpmiddelen op het leven van gebruikers (ZonMW)

The social dynamics of smart grids: On households, information flows & sustainable energy transitions (WUR);

Migration and material culture (NWO)                                             -