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. Feel free to connect via:







2016 - 2020

2017 - present


Erasmus School of Health Policy & Management

Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (HvA)

Bureau Berg Onderzoek

Amsterdam Universitair Medische Centra (UMC)

Worked on a qualitative research project regarding conceptualizations of health and responsibility in a 'wayward' neighborhood. Findings suggest that neoliberal health discourse, although internalized by respondents, is at times incongruent with their' everyday lives and their experience of social determinants of health.


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 globalizing 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.

Qualitative research (narrative studies)

Q-methodology & basic quantitative research

Education (wo/hbo)

Project management

Storytelling and journalism


2011 - 2015

University of Amsterdam

Social activism



Critical Public Health

Applied University of Amsterdam

Bureau Berg Onderzoek

Journal of Social Intervention





Individualisation in public health: reflections from life narratives in a disadvantaged neighbourhood



Several practice oriented research projects

Ontwikkelingen rond dakloosheid en opvangvoorzieningen in Haarlem

Experiences of shame and psychological suffering by foodbank clients

Whereas the respondents’ narratives undoubtedly reflect the neoliberal view on health responsibility, their life stories revealed how health was a product of intergenerational transmission of poverty, violence and ill health. Respondents appeared to envision health as a joint, balanced effort by themselves, their social network and public services.


Berg, J., Harting, J., & Stronks, K. (2019). Individualisation in public health: reflections from life narratives in a disadvantaged neighbourhood. Critical Public Health, 1-12.

Our research report aims to provide insight into pathways to homelessness, experiences of life in the homeless shelter and processes of social care.


Berg, J., Mul, D., 2018. Ontwikkelingen rond dakloosheid en opvangvoorzieningen in Haarlem. Bureau Berg.






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.


Hoogland, H., & Berg, J. (2016). Ervaringen van schaamte en psychologisch lijden door voedselbankklanten. Journal of Social Intervention: Theory and Practice, 25(1).

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