J. de Jong (Johan)

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PhD student
Ravelijn room RA 4408

Johan de Jong
PO Box 217
NL - 7500 AE Enschede

E-mail: j.d.dejong (at) utwente.nl
Telephone: (053) 489 3353
Fax: (053) 489 2159


Johan de Jong studied electrical engineering at Eindhoven University of Technology, where he received his master’s degree in 1974 on research into the work motivation of retired employees (carried out through the group “Organisatieontwikkeling en Gedragsverandering” within Technische Bedrijfskunde). After a short stay at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam, he became a physics teacher and career consultant in secondary education. As a physics teacher he was actively involved in promoting the teaching of modern physics (such as quantum physics) in the final year of (Dutch) VWO, and in organizing student visits to laboratories such as CERN in Geneva, JET in Oxford and DESY in Hamburg. During a number of years he also worked part-time for the Algemene Onderwijsbond, one of the trade unions for people working in education in the Netherlands. Taking advantage of (partial) early retirement, he studied ‘Philosophy of Science, Technology and Society’ at the University of Twente. In 2010 (shortly after his formal retirement), he graduated (cum laude) on a master’s thesis on “Innovation and standardization in VOC’s shipbuilding during the eighteenth century”.


Since his (second) graduation he has extended his research on the development of technology within the VOC into a PhD-project at STePS, directed by Prof. Dr. Lissa Roberts. His research is directed towards the way in which - during the eighteenth century – knowledge (technological and otherwise) was produced, implemented and discontinued on and through the ships of the Dutch East India Company (VOC), in a complex relationship between the VOC, its ships and crews, and learned societies. The current working title of his dissertation is “The Power of Ships and Societies”.

He is a member of the web-based group Naval Expertise. http://www.navalexpertise.com/


194111140 Civiele Techniek in Nederland


Other activities

He is committed to cycling (both as a mode of everyday transport and as a leisure activity), and he loves serious hillwalking in Scotland (Munros and Corbetts) and the English Lake District. http://www.smc.org.uk/Munros/MunroistsCompleatists.php?ID=1423


Scientific publications:

  • Ir. Johan D. de Jong “Doorgaan… Een onderzoek naar werkmotivatie bij gepensioneerde werknemers” in Economisch en Sociaal Tijdschrift Vol. 29 Nr 3 (Juni 1975), pp. 255-274
  • Johan de Jong “Drawings, Ships and Spices: Accumulation at the Dutch East India Company” in
  • Lissa Roberts (ed.) Centres and Cycles of Accumulation in and around the Netherlands during the Early Modern Period, Zürich/Berlin 2011 ISBN 978-3-643-90095-1

Other publications:

  • Johan de Jong Quarks en Quanta (Europese studiereizen van leerlingen en docenten)
  • Europees Platform/Haarlem, ISBN 978-90-70910-49-5
  • Johan de Jong “Fietsen in Almelo tijdens het Interbellum (1)” in Stad & Ambt Vol. 21 Nr 3 (Zomer 2013), pp. 2-4 ISSN 1389-3068