dr. A.M. Sools (Anneke)

Assistant Professor

About Me

Anneke Sools is Assistant Professor at the department of Psychology, Health and Technology at the University of Twente (Enschede, The Netherlands). She is also Program Director of the Storylab (research group with expertise in narrative psychology, health, and technology connected to the University of Twente). Sools is the recipient of the 2018 Early Career Award from AERA (American Educational Research Association) Narrative SIG (Special Interest Group).

Her PhD dissertation at the University of Humanistic Studies in Utrecht concerned narrative research methodology in the context of health promotion. She received a MSc Degree in Psychology of Culture and Religion from the University of Nijmegen. Her MSc thesis was awarded the Professor Halkes Thesis Award in 2001. For some years she has been a member of the advisory board of CNR (Centre for Narrative Research, University of East London) and a member of the steering committee of the international conference Narrative Matters. She is also on the advisory board of EQUIP (Association of European Qualitative Researchers in Psychology). In 2010 she founded the Dutch Network for Narrative Research together with Floor Basten from Campus Orléon. 

For her current research on how people construct hopeful, possibility-rich futures in social and societal situations where possibilities are under pressure (e.g. chronic illness, precarious employment, and at risk youth) she collaborates with researchers, professionals and artists in the Netherlands, Greece, the UK, Finland and Israel. 


Social Sciences
Research Process
Medicine & Life Sciences
Internet-Based Intervention
Wearable Electronic Devices
Arts & Humanities
Communicative Practice
Narrative Analysis




Sools, A. (2020). Back from the future: A narrative approach to study the imagination of personal futures. International Journal of Social Research Methodology: Theory and Practice, 23(4), 451-465. https://doi.org/10.1080/13645579.2020.1719617
Sools, A. A. M. (2019). De verbeelding van veerkracht in toekomstverhalen van mensen die psychiatrische zorg ontvangen. In W. Krikilion, & J. Pieper (Eds.), Positieve Psychologie en Zingeving: Integratie en toepassingen (pp. 67-88). KSGV.
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  • Advanced Research Methods for Psychology, Health and Technology (Msc)
  • Supervision of Master theses
  • Supervision of Bachelor theses
  • Coordination Master Track PHT
  • Lecturer qualitative research in Module 7 (BSc)

Affiliated Study Programmes




Courses Academic Year  2022/2023

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Courses Academic Year  2021/2022



Current Projects

Finished Projects



Talk about how psychiatric patients envision a better future https://ucsia.org/home/themalijnen/gezondheid-en-welzijn/evenementen/positieve-psychologie-en-zingeving/

Interview in Tubantia (regional newspaper) https://www.tubantia.nl/enschede/ut-psycholoog-gebruikt-film-als-inspiratie-ook-in-kleine-dingen-kan-je-droom-zitten~aa457973/?referrer=https://www.bing.com/


Talk about the power of stories from the future for people with mental disabilities https://disabilitystudies.nl/agenda/boekpresentatie-de-kracht-van-levensverhalen


Workshop about the future of the prison/care system https://www.facebook.com/Toekomstverbeelding/

Workshop: ouders over de toekomst van hun kind http://wijkacademieopvoeden.nl/blog/2016/10/06/conferentie-geef-ouders-de-ruimte-10-november-2016/ 


Interview about results research on patient perspectives in TV regional talkshow https://www.rtvoost.nl/nieuws/189181/Levensverhalenlab-onderzoekt-het-belang-van-luisteren


Column opening academic year University for Humanistic studies https://www.uvh.nl/uvh.nl/up/ZygbgknII_Column_opening_academisch_jaar_2011_Anneke_Sools.pdf

Contact Details

Visiting Address

University of Twente
Faculty of Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Cubicus (building no. 41), room B131A
De Zul 10
7522NJ  Enschede
The Netherlands

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University of Twente
Faculty of Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Cubicus  B131A
P.O. Box 217
7500 AE Enschede
The Netherlands

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