Prof. Dr. R. A. Bal (Roland)
After graduating from Health Sciences at the University of Maastricht, where I majored in Science & Technology Studies (STS), I did my PhD at the Law & Public Policy centre at the University in Leiden (in the end obtaining my PhD from Twente University). Spending 3 years at the Cultural Sciences Faculty in Maastricht between 1998 and 2001, I then moved on to the Department of Health Policy and Management. There, I first headed the Research on IT in health care practice and management (Rithm) group before, in 2006, becoming the chair of the Health Care Governance section. Currently, I also function as Director of Studies, being responsible for all the undergraduate and graduate programs of the department.
My main research interests are on the interaction of science, technology and society, which I study in several contexts and in several empirical domains. From my PhD-study onwards I have been interested in science-policy relations, which is currently expressed in research on the Central Planning Bureau and the Dutch Academic Workplaces for public health (see under 'projects' for more details). Also the regulation of technology is a dominant topic, e.g. trough studies on the organization of health technology assessment and standard setting for technologies such as chemicals and drugs. Apart from these meso and macro level studies, I am also involved in micro level studies, which mostly have to do with the use of technologies in practice, mostly focusing on information technologies in health care.
Currently, the research focus is making a shift towards kinds of action oriented research: how can and do we intervene in the practices that we study? This line of research is developed both in relation to research done in a more 'evaluationist' mode, but has also taken explicit root in studies/interventions on the organization of care. Most explicitly at the moment this involves several research projects in the Erasmus MC (e.g. on the introduction of a new hospital appointment system) as well as through involvement in the national program 'Sneller Beter'.
More details: http://www.eur.nl/eshpm/personal/r.bal/