I am trained as a sociologist at the University of Amsterdam. In 2016 I successfully defended my PhD thesis on the interactions between the governance of uncertain health risks and citizens’ experiences of these risks at that same university. During these studies I was intrigued by sociological work on risk, medical sociology and health policy, and qualitative methods such as ethnography and discourse analysis. At the end of my PhD I worked as a postdoc at the Athena Institute at VU Amsterdam where my interest in patient and client participation was strengthened, in particular by engaging in research with patients themselves.
My start in 2016 as assistant professor at the Healthcare Governance department of the Erasmus School of Health Policy & Management at the Erasmus University Rotterdam allowed me to further develop my interests in the sociology of risk and uncertainty, and in patient and client participation research. Next to teaching in our Healthcare Management master program, I engaged in different research projects with the Dutch Health and Youth Care Inspectorate (IGJ) on patient and client participation in healthcare supervision. I very much value this close connection between academic research and practice, and I examined amongst other how and in what way patients’ experiential knowledge works in regulatory practices in elderly care and mental healthcare. How concepts of risk play out in regulatory practice is the question one of the PhD students (Mireille Kroekenstoel) I supervise is currently working on. In 2018 I became coordinator of our Academic Collaboration with the Dutch National Healthcare Institute (ZIN). In this collaboration I am able to develop similar questions on risk, uncertainty and participation but now in relation to issues of healthcare quality and valuation through supervising PhD students (Jolien van de Sande, Renee Michels).
Currently my own empirical research focuses on healthcare during the COVID-19 pandemic. Right at the start of the pandemic we were able to acquire funding from NWO to closely follow the healthcare governance of the pandemic in the Netherlands by engaging in (digital) organizational ethnography. Before the summer of 2020 we did fieldwork on the level of one university hospital, afterwards we moved this research, through acquiring funds from ZonMW, to focus on the regional and national level in the Netherlands. Our aim is to keep following, and reflecting with key-actors in, the healthcare governance of the pandemic until October 2022.
C Bröer, Bert Graaff, JW Duyvendak & RA Wester (2016) - Engaging Citizens: Local Interactions, Policy Discourse and Courses of Protest against Mobile Phone Masts - European Journal of Cultural and Political Sociology, 3 (4), 447-468 - doi: 10.1080/23254823.2016.1201427
Bert Graaff, C Bröer & RA Wester (2015) - Biomedical risks and citizenship: depoliticizing cell site deployment in the Netherlands and Southern California - Journal of Risk Research - doi: 10.1080/13669877.2015.1071864
M de Vos, A Bos, F Plötz, M van Heerde, Bert Graaff, T Kiek, R Truog & D Willems (2015) - Talking with Parents about End-of-Life Decisions for their Children - Pediatrics, 135 (2) - doi: 10.1542/peds.2014-1903
Bert Graaff & C Bröer (2012) - We are the canary in a coal mine: Establishing a disease category and a new health risk - Health Risk & Society, 14 (2), 129-147 - doi: 10.1080/13698575.2012.661040
RJR (Renée) Bouwman, Bert Graaff, D de Beurs, Hester Bovenkamp & R Friele (2018) - Calamiteitenonderzoek in de Geestelijke Gezondheidszorg - Het betrekken van patiënten en hun naasten of nabestaanden bij calamiteitenonderzoek in de Geestelijke Gezondheidzorg. - NIVEL & ESHPM
Bert Graaff (2018) - Toezicht, ervaring en deskundigheid: een evaluatie van de inzet van ervaringsdeskundigen in het toezicht op de ouderenzorg. - ESHPM, EUR
A Schölvinck, Bert Graaff & JEW Broerse (2017) - HOOP - Hemato-Oncologische Onderzoeksagenda vanuit de Patiënt - Athena Instituut - Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Research Network 22, European Sociological Associa