(Lieke) LE Oldenhof

dr. (Lieke) LE Oldenhof
Assistant Professor Erasmus School of Health Policy & Management Health Care Governance (HCG)
Burg. Oudlaan 50, Rotterdam

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Dr. Lieke Oldenhof is Assistant Professor in Healthcare Management at the Erasmus School of Health Policy and Management. Her research combines insights from the fields of public administration, pragmatist sociology of valuation, critical management studies and sociology of professions.

Lieke’s research explores the changing nature of public encounters between citizens, professionals, and managers in the shift towards participatory welfare and care regimes. She does so by ‘zooming in’ on micro-interactions while also ‘zooming out’ by tracing institutional trajectories. Her research is primarily based on qualitative methods, including multi-sited ethnography and discourse analysis.

Specific research interests include:

•Social dynamics in public welfare encounters

•Empirical ethics of care

•The demarcation of private and public responsibilities for care

•Valuation, justification, boundary- and institutional work

•Regulatory pressure and experimentalist governance

•Urban labs and social resilience

•Social neighbourhood teams and professionalism

In 2018, Lieke received a VENI-grant by the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO) to conduct a 4-year research about public encounters between citizens and professionals and the just distribution of care responsibilities (Dutch project title: 'Maatwerk of willekeur aan de keukentafel?'). To ensure relevance for practitioners and policymakers, she collaborates with municipalities, the National Council for Public Health and Society (RVS), MOVISIE and the Netherlands Institute for Social Research (SCP).

She also currently participates in the Research Excellence Initiative on the State of Local Welfare (in collaboration with the Erasmus School of Social and Bahvioural Sciences). Additionaly, she is involved in research for the National Science Agenda on urban labs, youth participation and experimental governance.

In 2015, Lieke obtained her PhD –cum laude- at the Erasmus University. Her PhD provides an ethnographic account of the daily work of healthcare managers in a changing welfare state. Her PhD won the Karolinska Award by the European Health Management Association. In addition, one the chapters of the PhD that was published in the top-tier journal Public Administration Review and won the Best Published Paper Award by the Academy of Management.


Visiting address

Burg. Oudlaan 50 3062 PA Rotterdam

Postal address

Postbus 1738 3000 DR Rotterdam