Jonathan Berg

Medical sociologist

Jonathan Berg

Social science & applied research

Welcome to my website and thanks for taking an interest. Here you'll get an impression of what I've been doing recently and get some insight into the man behind the looking glass. My research interest is currently focused on the intersections of policy & health, and citizen-

ship & wellbeing. I am currently looking for more work, so please contact me if you want to cooperate.






2016 -

2012 - 2015

2015 - 2016


Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences

University of Amsterdam / Self employed


As part of a small team I helped develop and organize a training course for food bank clients in Amsterdam. Additionally we did scientific and applied research and shared insights via publications and conference presentations/workshops.

In the role of assistant I helped with data collection, analysis and rapportage for different qualitative and mixed method scientific research projects, including a study on clinicians' perception of ADHD in India.

As project leader I helped implement the 'Self-sufficiency matrix' in the work method of the RIBW ZWWF. I explored the current work method, assessed the needs of employees, developed a training program and trained the employees.


Medical Anthropology

& sociology

2015 - 2016

University of Amsterdam

In this master program I was trained to understand health, illness, and the body in the context of a globalising world from a social science perspective. Health and healthcare is often a matter of politics, economics and culture. My thesis research concerned the spread of ADHD into Indian education.

Science: qualitative research (Atlas.ti)

Q methodology & basic quantitative research

Written journalism (rapportage)

Project management

Social/political insight


2011 - 2015

University of Amsterdam

Creative solutions




Sociaal Bestek

Sociale Vraagstukken

Journal of Social Intervention

Tijdschrift Schuldsanering

June 2016

July 2015

March 2016

March 2015

Schaamte en stress bij de voedselbank

Voedselpakketten: geen duurzame oplossing voor armoede

Experiences of shame and psychological suffering by foodbank clients

Motiveren van voedselbankklanten voor de Op Eigen Kracht-training

Kennis uit onderzoek over de beleving van armoede en de werking van voedselbanken kan een bijdrage leveren aan het armoedebeleid. Gemeenten wordt aanbevolen met voedselbanken samen te werken en een plek te creëren waar mensen zich welkom voelen, of te kijken naar alternatieve vormen van voedselhulp.

Na de oprichting van de eerste voedselbank in 2003 is het concept een doorslaand succes gebleken. Maar alleen voedsel geven is niet voldoende voor effectieve armoedebestrijding. Voedselpakketten zijn dan ook meer van symbolische waarde dan een duurzame oplossing van de armoede.

Foodbank clients experience psychological suffering and feelings of shame. These feelings of shame relate to the stigma attached to being a foodbank client and are reinforced by the way the foodbanks operate. Foodbank clients feel that they have a lack of choice, not only at the foodbank, but also in the wider context of the consumer society.

A first impression of a scientific study on the lifeworld of foodbank-clients in Amsterdam.

Hille Hoogland & Jonathan Berg

Hille Hoogland & Jonathan Berg

Hille Hoogland & Jonathan Berg

Hille Hoogland & Jonathan Berg


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