Kees de Groot is a sociologist of religion. He holds the KSGV chair in Religion and Public Mental Health, and lectures in Catholic Social Thought and the social context of chaplaincy and ministry, both at Tilburg University.
He is a member of the editorial board of the Dutch journal Religie & Samenleving [Religion & Society] and of the council of the International Society for the Sociology of Religion. His volume The Liquidation of the Church (Routledge, 2018) has been reviewed well by scholars in the study of religion.
He is specialized in Catholicism, mental health, spiritual care and popular culture, and has published in various international journals, including Social Compass, International Journal for Practical Theology, Implicit Religion and in various volumes in the sociology of religion at Sage, Brill, Peeters and Springer.
His research is guided by the question: how are Christian traditions transformed and continued in ecclesial contexts, in secular spheres and on the boundaries between the religious and the secular? Currently, he is working on four projects:
- The development of fluid ways of being church;
- the organizational dynamics of chaplaincy and mental health care;
- the construction of Catholic Social Teaching and its contribution to and critique of capitalism, and
- the use of religious heritage in popular culture, in particular comics and events.