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dr. Minna van Gerven-Haanpaa

Minna van Gerven

Started June 2020 as a professor at University of Helsinki
P.O 54 (Unioninkatu 37)
00014 University of Helsinki

Email: Minna van Gerven-Haanpaa



Dr. Minna van Gerven (nee Haanpää) was Assistant Professor of Sociology at the department of Public Administration (PA) within the Faculty of Behavioural, Management & Social Sciences (BMS) of the University of Twente, The Netherlands. Minna teached in the Management, Society & Technology (MS&T) and Health Sciences (HS), both in Bachelor Programmes and in Master Programmes (Global and European Studies (ES).


Besides her broad interest in comparative research on institutions, systems, actors, ideas and policies, Minna van Gerven is interested in questions stemming from sociological, political science and public administration research. She studies the role of technology in the change of societies, systems and public policies; in particular in the context of societal challenges in multiscale perspective (urban, local, regional, European, Global). Much of her publication are in the field of employment, poverty, health care and cure, gender, welbeing and consider the design, adoption, diffusion, acceptation, implementation and localisation of social, organizational and technological innovations.


For the list of my publication, please check my CV The most important publications can also be found from my ResearchGate site,



In 2015, The Dutch Royal Academy of Science (KNAW) granted a funding for a collaborative project with UT (Minna van Gerven and René Torenvlied) and the Chinese partners at Fudan University (Shanghai). The project will run 2016-2018 and it analyses the diffusion and adoption of the famous Dutch Buurtzorg (Neighbourhood home care) model to China. This project is now extended to cover also other countries (Japan, India, European countries) where Buurtzorg currently operates. the question posed in the research is under what conditions can social and technological innovations be diffused into a another contexts?  

In 2018-2019, Minna has worked together with University of Amsterdam on the PHD-Quality project funded by the European Commission. the project will study, from a comparative and multidisciplinary perspective, the public policies and social partners' strategies on personal and household services in ten EU countries.  


Minna is a member of Advisory board of Brussels-based research centre European Social Observatory (OSE).

In the past, Minna van Gerven has worked in several international comparative research projects. For example, she has been involved in the European Social Survey (ESS) project that is an academically-driven social survey designed to chart and explain the interaction between Europa’s changing institutions and the attitudes, beliefs and behaviour patterns of its diverse population. Furthermore, she is involved in data improvement project of the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA Germany) and Fondazione Rodolfo Debenedetti (fRDB Italy), which set out to construct a comprehensive and systematic database on policy reforms (fRDB and IZA database) in core areas of the labor market and the welfare state such as active labour market policies, non-employment benefits, employment protection, pensions and migration policies. Since the creation of the Network for European Social Policy Analysis (ESPAnet), she has been actively involved in this academic network (while performing as the secretary of the network for the first three years of its existence).

Minna has published both nationally and internationally on topics concerning social security policy and –research, in journals as the Journal of European Public Policy, Journal of European Social Policy, European Societies, Politicy and Politics, Acta Politica, European Journal of Social Security and in publishing houses such as Routlegde, Peter Lang, and the Amsterdam University Press. She has also been an external referee for the scientific journals such as Journal of European Social Policy and member of editorial board of European Policy Analysis journal.