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Ronald Batenburg, PhD
Coordinator research program Professions in Healthcare and Manpower Planning; endowed professor 'Health workforce and organisation studies', Radboud University, the Netherlands


Prof. Ronald Batenburg PhD is trained as a sociologist and obtained his masters at Utrecht University and his PhD at Groningen University, the Netherlands. How job structures evolve within economies, sectors and organizations, and how these determine the quality of work of professionals, are the central questions he worked on at different universities and research institutes. As of 2009, he is program leader at the Netherlands Institute for Health Services Research (Nivel) and specialized in the area of human resources for health.

The main projects he leads concern the labour market, work and education in health. This includes how institutional reforms, organizational development, task delegation and substitution change job structures and the work of healthcare professionals. From a policy perspective, he evaluates how healthcare policy and management – in particular (strategic) health workforce planning – can improve the alignment between healthcare demands and the critical supply of human resources for health.

Since 2017, Ronald is endowed professor in health workforce and organisation studies at Radboud University Nijmegen, Department of Sociology.



2017 - present Endowed professor in health labour and organisation studies, Faculty of Social Sciences, Radboud University
2009 - present Program leader Labour and Organization Studies in Health Care, Netherlands institute for health services research - Nivel
2000 - 2015 Associate Professor Information and Organization, Institute of Information and Computing Sciences, Utrecht University
2006 - 2009 Senior Researcher and Consultant, Dialogic Innovation and Interaction
1999 - 2000 Assistant Professor Human Resource Management, Nijmegen Business School, Nijmegen University
1996 - 1999 Assistant Professor Strategic Decision Making, Department of Policy and Organization Studies, Tilburg University
1993 - 1996 Post-doc Researcher at the NWO-Pionier Research Program ‘The Management of Matches’ and Assistant Professor in Sociology Department of Sociology, Utrecht University
1991 - 1993 Research Fellow on Media, Leisure and Cultural Participation, Social and Cultural Planning Office (SCP)
1986 - 1991 PhD Graduate, Interuniversity Centre for Social Sciences Theory and Methodology (ICS), Department of Sociology, University of Groningen
1984 - 1986 Research Assistant, Department of Sociology, Utrecht University
1991 PhD in Social Sciences, Groningen University: 'Automatisering in bedrijf. Een empirisch-theoretisch onderzoek naar de effecten van automatisering op de functiestructuur van bedrijven’ (Thesis, Amsterdam; ISBN 9051700725)
1986 Bachelor and Masters in Sociology, Utrecht University
1982 Grammar school degree (Atheneum B), Nieuwe Lyceum Bilthoven
(Board) Memberships
Permanent committees:
• Vice president of the Section Health Workforce Research of the European Public Health Association (EUPHA; since 2017)
• Chair of the Special Interest Group on Health workforce management of the European Health Management Association (EHMA; since 2015)
• Member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the European Health Management Association (EHMA; since 2012)

Editorial board memberships:
• Tijdschrift voor Arbeidsvraagstukken (since 1998, Editor in Chief 2014 - 2018)
• BMC Health Services Research (since 2013)
• Organizational Design and Enterprise Engineering (since 2016)
• International Journal of Electronic Health Care (since 2008)

Program committee member:
• Workshop on health workforce governance at the 9th European Public Health Conference (November 9-12 2016, Vienna, Austria)
• Workshop on health workforce policy and research at the 8th European Public Health Conference (October,14-17 2015, Milan, Italy)
• The 21st European Conference on Information Systems (June 5-8, 2013, Utrecht, The Netherlands)
• Preconference ‘New epidemiological perspectives for health workforce planning’ at the European Congress of Epidemiology (EUROEPI) 2012 (5-8 September, Porto, Portugal)
• International Conference on Health Informatics 2012 (HEALTHINF, 1-4 February 2012, Vilamoura, Portugal)
• The Students Bazaar Session, 25th Bled E-Conference (June 17-20, 2012, Bled, Slovenia)
• The Students Bazaar Session, 24th Bled E-Conference (June 12-15, 2011, Bled, Slovenia)
• The Students Bazaar Session, 23rd Bled E-Conference (June 20-23, 2010, Bled, Slovenia)
• The Tweede Nationale Arbeidsmarkt Dag en 25-jaar jubileum Tijdschrift voor Arbeidsvraagstukken, conferentie en sessie Arbeid in de Zorg (14 oktober 2009, Den Haag)
• The Students Bazaar Session, 22nd Bled E-Conference (June 14-17, 2009, Bled, Slovenia)
• The Students Bazaar Session, 21st Bled E-Conference (June 16-18, 2008, Bled, Slovenia)
• The Students Bazaar Session, 20th Bled E-Conference (June 4-6, 2007, Bled, Slovenia)
• The session Surveying E-Values, 19th Bled E-Conference (June 5-7, 2006, Bled, Slovenia)
• The Conference ‘ICT en arbeid’ (12 oktober 2001, Amsterdam)
• The Conference ‘Met het oog op de toekomst. Trends en toekomst van de arbeid in de 21ste eeuw’ (12 oktober 2000, Amsterdam)
(Co-)organizer or associate editor:
• The track Organizational Design and Engineering in Healthcare IT health care, 2011 American Conference on Information Systems (4-7 August 2011, Detroit, USA)
• The track IT in health care, International Conference on Information Systems (December 4-7, 2011, Shanghai, China)
• The 18th European Conference on Information Systems (ECIS, 7-9 June, 2010, Pretoria, South Africa)
• The 17th European Conference on Information Systems (ECIS, 8-10 June, 2009, Verona, Italy)
• The 3rd SIKS/BENAIS Conference on Enterprise Information Systems (EIS) 2008 (May 22-23, 2008, Tilburg, The Netherlands
• The 2nd International Workshop on Human Resource Information Systems (HRIS 2008), Engineering the Organization for People Management (June 12 – 16, 2008, Barcelona, Spain)
• The track Strategic Management of IS and IT, 14th European Conference on Information Systems (June 12-14, 2006, Göteborg, Sweden)
• The working group ‘Implementation Methods’ of the Dutch Platform of Product Software (2005-2006)

Active memberships:
• Interuniversity Centre for Social Sciences Theory and Methodology (ICS; 1986-1991, 1993-1996, 2017 - present)
• European Health Management Association (since 2009)
• The Academy of Management (since 2004)
• Association of Information Systems (since 2004)