Chris Kuiper began his career in the field of labour re-integration in mental healthcare. In the former Utrecht Academic Hospital, he performed social scientific research into people with chronic rheumatoid arthritis and sympathetically maintained pain syndromes. At Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences, he also functioned as director of Allied Health Education. In 2002 he became an applied research professor. In 2007, he completed his PhD study 'Eventmaker' at the University of Humanistics, which examined tensions between managementism, professionalism and customer-focusedness in commercial reintegration.