prof.dr. (Roland) R.A. Bal

Full Professor Erasmus School of Health Policy & Management Health Care Governance (HCG)
Erasmus University Rotterdam
J 7-
+31 10 4088912

Latest academic publication

L. Verweij, R.L.E. Wehrens, L.E. Oldenhof, R.A. Bal & A. Francke (2018). Perspectives of nursing professionals and older adults differ on aspects of care for older people after a nationwide improvement program. Bmc Health Services Research, 18 (321). doi: 10.1186/s12913-018-3114-x[go to publisher's site]

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My main research interest lies in the building, functioning and consequences of knowledge infrastructures for the governance of health care. I have studied such infrastructures both at (inter)national (e.g. the working of science advisory bodies), sectoral (e.g. the use of performance indicators in health care), organisational (e.g. planning & control cycles in hospitals) and shopfloor levels (e.g. the implementation and use of information technologies). Currently my main interest is in information infrastructures for quality and safety in health care. Projects related to this agenda are studies on the Pational program for elderly care and the TopCare program (focused on relating care and researh for complex hospital patients). Also I am involved in several studies with and focused on the work of the Healthcare Inspectorate. 

Methodologically, I have specialised in qualitative, mainly ethnographic research methods. I have become increasingly interested in 'interventionist' or 'action' research as well as on the study of 'complex' interventions in health care and 'mixed methods' research.

I am a member of the Dutch research school of Science, Technology & Modern Culture and of the Society for the Social Study of Science. I participate in the European Health Policy Group, a group of political scientists and economists studying (comparative) health policy.

I teach in several programs of the Dept.of Health Policy and Management, coordinating a course on Change management in the Bachelor program and one on quality and safety in healthcare for the Master Healthcare management, and lecturing in several other courses (e.g. on philosophy of science, supervision in healthcare and healthcare governance). I also coordinate a course on Science & Technology Studies in the Erasmus University College and a course on Organizing for Quality in the Nfu Master program on Quality and safety in healthcare..


Visiting address

Burg. Oudlaan 50 3062 PA Rotterdam

Postal address

Postbus 1738 3000 DR Rotterdam