Organisation structure

The foundation 'Netherlands Institute for Health Services Research' (Nivel), is an independent research institute. It has a Supervisory Board. Nivel's internal organisation structure includes management and staff. Take a look at our organisational chart and learn more about the interacting units of Nivel.

At Nivel there are about a hundred scientists involved in conducting research in all kinds of aspects of Dutch healthcare. In addition, there are about sixty professionals working in research-related and supporting functions. Take a look at our organisational chart and see how Nivel is organised.

OrganisatieOrganisational chart

Nivel is a foundation. It consists of several units:

  • a Supervisory Board (dark grey), supervising the way Nivel is lead
  • a Management Board (light grey), consisting the exective director, the executive secretariat and the permanent staff
  • three Research Units (dark green), each with a number of Research Programs (light green) and several Research Related Units (pink).
  • General Affairs (dark blue), containing several Operational Units (light blue).


About Nivel’s organisational units:

Panels met patiënten, cliënten en burgersBoard of Governors

The external Board of Governors (dark grey) supervises the way in which Nivel's Management Board (light grey) runs the institute. The board consist of five members:

Board of Governors:

External) Members

  • H.J. Smid (Chairman)
Advisor ZonMw, national funding organisation for healthcare research, The Netherlands
  • H.J. Dannenberg
Chairman DIVOSA, an association for municipal executives in the social domain, The Netherlands
  • Prof. A.G. van der Lippe, PhD
Professor 'Sociology of Households and Employment Relations', Utrecht University, The Netherlands
  • G.J.M. van den Maagdenberg, MSc
Board Member of the Academic Medical Center Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Prof. S.E.J.A. de Rooij, PhD
Professor 'Internal medicine, specialized in Geriatric Medicine’, University of Groningen, The Netherlands

Organisatie beleidsorganisatieManagement Board

Nivel’s Management Board consists of an executive director (light grey) and two deputy directors. Together with the heads of the three Research Units (dark green) they form the Management Board.

Management Board:

Executive Director, Deputy Directors and Heads of Research

Cordula Wagner Prof. C. (Cordula) Wagner, PhD
Executive director, project coordinator Patient Safety
C.S.J.M. (Cees) de Vet C.S.J.M. (Cees) de Vet
Head of General Affairs a.i.
Jeroen Hasselaar G.J. (Jeroen) Hasselaar, PhD
Head of research unit Primary Care
Jany Rademakers Prof. J.J.D.J.M. (Jany) Rademakers, PhD
Head of research unit Healthcare from the Perspective of Patients, Clients and Citizens; project coordinator Health Literacy and Patiënt Participation

MaatschappijPermanent Staff

Nivel's permanent (scientific) staff consists of all members of the Managing Board (light grey and dark green) and all program coordinators (light green) of our various scientific research programs (in alfabetical order):

Scientific Staff:

Management Board (see above) and Program Coordinators

Ronald Batenburg Prof. R.S. (Ronald) Batenburg, PhD
Coordinator research program Professions in Healthcare and Manpower Planning
Hennie Boeije H. (Hennie) Boeije, PhD
Coordinator research program Care Demand of the Chronically Ill and Disabled
Nanne Bos N. (Nanne) Bos, PhD
Coordinator research program Patient-centered Care
Liset van Dijk Prof. L. (Liset) van Dijk, PhD
Coordinator research programs Pharmaceutical Care and Allied Healthcare
Michel Dückers Prof. M. (Michel) Dückers, PhD
Coordinator research program Disasters and Environmental Hazards
Sandra van Dulmen Prof. A.M. (Sandra) van Dulmen PhD
Coordinator research program Communication in Healthcare
Anneke Francke Prof. A.L. (Anneke) Francke PhD
Coordinator research program Nursing Care and Elderly Care
Roland Friele Prof. R.D. (Roland) Friele, PhD
Coordinator research program Impact of Legislation and Oversight in Healthcare
Judith de Jong Prof. J.D. (Judith) de Jong, PhD
Coordinator research program Healthcare System and Governance
Bart Knottnerus B. J. (Bart) Knottnerus, MD, PhD
Coordinator research program General Practice Care
Willemijn Meijer

W.M. (Willemijn) Meijer, PhD
Coordinator research program Allied Healthcare

Lilian van Tuyl L. (Lilian) van Tuyl, PhD, MBA
Coordinator research program Organisation and Quality of Healthcare
Robert Verheij Prof. R.A. (Robert) Verheij, PhD
Coordinator research program Learning Health System

ToezichtResearch units

In Nivel’s three research units (dark green) a total of twelve research programs are running continuously (light green). In each of these programs there is a heterogeneous team of scientist conducting research, each team in their specific field of competence:

  • In each research team there is a core of senior researchers who can be widely deployed, and a group of (mostly younger) researchers and PhD students who carry out concrete research projects.
  • Each research team is headed by a program coordinator of one of our research programs (see ‘permanent staff’ above).
  • Various scientific researchers of Nivel, experts in their field of research, also hold a chair as professor at one (or more) of the Dutch and/or foreign universities. As a result, we are in close contact with science and we can play a significant role between science, policy and practice.

TeamResearch support units

At Nivel there are working a lot professionals engaged in facilitating researchers to do their research in an efficient and scientific way (pink), in the following units:

  • The Cluster Panel and Survey Research and the Cluster Routine Data facilitate the data information from our panels and registrations. They make sure the data are safe, up-to-date and reliable.
  • The Nivel Research Communication Center supports the Nivel researchers in communicating about there research in a clear and (more) attractive way and in disseminating research results in the broadest sense (publications, website and more). Furthermore, by developing and maintaining Nivel's corporate identity, they are focussed on presenting Nivel as a self-aware research institute with a national and international ambition.
  • Nivel's Secretariats deliver all kinds of secretarial support to the research units.

SamenwerkingsverbandGeneral Affairs and its Operational units

To ensure that the profesional organisation of Nivel runs smoothly, within General Affairs (dark blue) a number of Nivel-professionals is working in several Operational Units (light blue), such as:

  • various Administrative Units
  • Human Resource Management
  • Facility Affairs
  • IT

The head of General Affairs is also engaged in managing the institute, in the role of adjunct director (see 'Management Board' above).

Meer wetenWant to know more? Contact us

For more information about Nivel, please feel free to contact us:

  • Our head of research Roland Friele will tell you more about Nivel as national scientific research institute.
  • Our head of research unit Primary Care and Support International Research Jeroen Hasselaar will tell you more about out ongoing international projects and about cooperating with Nivel as partner in health services research.
  • Our experts on the specific fields of healthcare research will tell you more about their field of expertise and about doing research with Nivel within this field. Take a look at their individual research programs!

We look forward to getting in touch with you.


Nivel Research Communication Center. Organisation structure. From: [Last update 09-January-2023; consulted on 28-May-2023]. URL: