Curriculum Vitæ

I’m a lecturer & researcher at Avans Hogeschool, and PhD candidate at the University of Groningen.

I was trained as a philosopher and media designer, and teach courses in both subjects. My research focus is on philosophy of science, social epistemology, and governance and quality assurance of higher education.

My research into the opinion formation of accreditation panels in higher education has been awarded an NWO doctoral grant (2021-2026). You can read more about it (in Dutch) on the project website.

I used to write about music (for VPRO 3voor12, Ekko & Caesar) and design websites.

Current projects (Autumn 2020):
– preparing for my PhD research.
– teaching @ Meaningful Data Design (minor) at Avans Hogeschool.

Contact: gn.heinrichs {at} avans {dot} nl / g.n.heinrichs {at} rug {dot} nl.
Also on Twitter and LinkedIn.

Work experience:

2013 – now: Communication & Multimedia Design, Avans University of Applied Sciences, ‘s-Hertogenbosch.

  • lecturer interaction/data/speculative design and philosophy.
  • researcher, Sustainable Working and Organising workgroup at the Centre of Expertise for Sustainable Business (2019– ).
  • member, assessment committee (2019– ).
  • 2018-2019: researcher, Human-Centred Creation workgroup at Caradt.
  • 2016–2019: member, curriculum committee.
  • 2015–2019: quality assurance coordinator.
  • ancillary activity: accreditation auditor for NQA and Hobéon (2018–2019).

2008 – 2013: ICT & Media Design and Game Design & Technology, Fontys University of Applied Sciences, Eindhoven.

  • lecturer game design (2008–2010) and media design (2010–2013).
  • acting course coordinator, Game Design & Technology (2009–2010).
  • member, Serious Game Design workgroup (2008–2010).

2005 – 2008: Interaction Design and Game Design & Development, Utrecht School of the Arts, Hilversum.

  • lecturer game design, interaction design.
  • curriculum developer, Interaction Design and Ambient Experience Design.

1998 – 2005: freelance multimedia designer, editor, producer, copywriter.
Some highlights:

  • web designer & editor for Dutch indie rock trio Caesar (1998–2008).
  • editor/assistant-producer, VPRO 3VOOR12, Hilversum (2002–2004).
  • writer & production manager, EKKO, Utrecht (2002–2005).
  • web design & development for several businesses & non-profits.


  • 2021– : University of Groningen. PhD, Philosophy.
  • 2011–2013: Tilburg University. MA, Philosophy, cum laude.
    • Master track: Man in Economics and Psychology
    • Master’s thesis: Incredible simulations: scientific philosophy and the agent-based modelling of social phenomena. Supervisors: Herman de Regt and Jan Sprenger.
    • Before pursuing my Master’s degree, I followed pre-master programmes at the universities of Utrecht (2008-2010) and Tilburg (2010-2011).
  • 2002–2003: Open UniversityMA, Interactive Multimedia.
    • My graduation project, about Russian public media, was partly researched in Moscow on a Matra grant, in a joint programme with the VGIK film school.
    • My master’s thesis discussed online politics in the context of Manuel Castells’ Network Society trilogy. Supervisor: Jeroen van Mastrigt.


2018: Seniorkwalificatie Examinering (SKE), Avans LIC.
Basiskwalificatie Examinering (BKE), Edufit.
2009: Teaching qualification (hbo), Fontys PABO Tilburg.


English (professional working proficiency), German (limited working proficiency), French (elementary proficiency), Dutch (native).

After hours:

I like to exercise (mostly biking, swimming, fitness), play guitar and sing and record songs, listen to music voraciously (Bach to Beck to Brubeck to Kendrick), and play lego with my sons. I drive shared cars, I aeropress my coffee, stick to vegetarian food, and root for ecosystems restoration. Send me an e-mail and we’ll drink a cuppa: gabri {at} heinrichs {dot} nl.