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CV Nicole des Bouvrie (EN)

ACT/Art Therapist. Philosopher (PhD). Social Entrepeneur / Freelancer. Academic. Philosophical author. Teacher.

Present projects

  • Therapist (Acceptance and Commitment Theory (cognitive behavioural therapy) and art) (2019 – present)
  • Coordinator studygroup feminist philosophy at Nordic Summer University, organising symposia, editing special issues in peer-reviewed journals. (2019 – )
  • Chair / Treasurer Nordic Summer University, a not-for-profit voluntary organisation in Nordic and Baltic States, organising symposia for 100+ people, writing grant proposals, managing finances. (2018 – )
  • Teacher in philosophy and art therapy & final examinator Vrije Academie ’t Pad (2014 – ).
  • Running small Publishing House that publishes exiled writers / projects.

Previous Projects

  • Researcher of ontology of gene drive technology, in collaboration with PhD-candidate @Wageningen University (2022 – 2023)
  • Member of Advisory Committee to local municipal council in area of refugees and social work (2019 – 2024)
  • Post-doc Sustainable Engineering, Fudan University, China. Teaching writing skills, argumentative structures, sociology and philosophical (de)construction. (2016-2020)
  • Teacher at Higher Education for Adults in philosophy & creative writing Volksuniversiteit, Eindhoven. (2018-2021)
  • Researcher, Royal Library Denmark, discourse analysis project ‘tracing the conversation’. (2019)
  • Research Fellow, Brighton University, United Kingdom. Co-organiser project on creating narratives regarding values used in sustainable development projects, education and policy-making. (2017-2019)
  • Visiting Scholar, University of Maryland, United States of America. Research focussed on concept of differ-ence in philosophy, and conceptualizing female thinking. Setting up website. (2017)
  • Manager Dutch national platform and website for spirituality, values and philosophy. Writing articles, final editor, setting up and managing deadlines, website overhaul, manager social media. (2014-2015)
  • Records assistant and editor at Baha’i World Organisation, Israel. Editor and QC of outgoing correspondence (English), policy research, training. Managing online resources and policy documents. (2008-2009)
  • Office manager and accountant at small webcompany. In charge of the finances, contract management, liaison between IT design and customers, advising director on development, communication, PR & HR.


  • Artistic Acceptance & Commitment Therapy, Cum Laude, Vrije Academie ’t Pad, Netherlands.
  • Ph.D. ‘Philosophy, Art and Critical Thought’, Summa Cum Laude, European Graduate School, Switzerland. Dissertation “The Necessity of the Impossible – On Radical Change and Human Becoming”.
  • Master Political Philosophy, Radboud University, the Netherlands. Focussing on (applied) ethics, philosophy of language, deliberative theory and phenomenology. With Honours. (In Dutch)
  • Internship teaching philosophy and ethics to first- and second-year pedagogy university students, Radboud University, the Netherlands.
  • Bachelor Social Science, University College Utrecht, Netherlands. Speciality sociology, psychology, politics and a minor in statistics and (socio)linguistics. Cum Laude, with Honours. (In English) (Incl. Erasmus exchange to Graz University, Austria.)
  • Higher secondary education, Van Maerlant Lyceum, Eindhoven & Novalis College, Eindhoven. Founder weekly philosophy group.

Other work-experience

Callcenter, outbound researcher.
Café employee – waitress and behind registry.
Reception desk employee at an environmental NGO.
Employee museum shop.
Tourguide open-air museum.
Teaching Assistant.
Training assistant SAP at a ministry.
Elementary school children supervisor.
Proofreader and editor TedX event at Radboud University Nijmegen.

Other skills

Organizing (including large symposia).
Budget travelling.
Living in foreign countries (Ukraine, Israel, Germany, China, US, Austria).
Dealing with shit.
Financial management and administration.
Photoshop / InDesign / Office.
Html / several CMS-systems / WordPress.
Virtual notetaker / community creator / deadline-reminder.
Time-zone manager / meeting organisor / planner / negotiator.
Cooking / photography / travelling / playing piano / acting / swimming / running.


ACT, Change, (im)possible, continental philosophy, art, literature, writing, deliberative theory, feminism, education, teaching, existentialism, social entrepeneurship. Balancing practical & theoretical. Organizing. Financial administration. Managing volunteers.


Intelligent, creative, eager to learn, open, cooperative. Quick, very
precise and loving language(s). Good listener, thinker, organizer.


Dutch (native)
English (native)
German (good)
French (reasonable)
Danish / Swedish (passive)


  • Longlist Hypathia prize 2020
  • Honourable mention Van Helsdingen prize 2018
  • Special mention for originality for a manuscript, a philosophical award, 2016.
  • Shortlisted short story at national competition at a large music festival, 2015.
  • Runner-up in the Social Innovation Category of the Future Ideas European Innovation, 2013.
  • 1st Prize science project at high school.