dr. Minna van Gerven-Haanpaa

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Assistant Professor of European Public Policy 

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Dr. Minna van Gerven (nee Haanpää) is Assistant Professor of European Public Policy at the department of Public Administration (PA) within the Faculty of Behavioural, Management & Social Sciences (BMS) of the University of Twente, The Netherlands. Minna’s research activities are taken within the Institute for Innovation and Governance (IGS) and she primarily lectures in the European Public Administration (EPA) Bachelor , and Health Sciences (HS) and Global and European Studies (ES) Master programmes.


Minna van Gerven’s expertise lies in research on European welfare and health care systems and comparative social policy. In the past, she has investigated the change of welfare systems at various levels (local, national, cross-national and EU level) in Europe. Currently, she is on her way beyond Europe and studies the diffusion and adoption of social policies in (South) East Asia.

Besides her interest in comparative research on social policy (institutions), Minna van Gerven is interested in sociological, political science and public administration research. In particular, she is interested in the role of societal, political and corporatist actors and policy entrepreneurs and advocacy coalitions in the institutional change processes, policy framing, diffusion and adoption of policy innovations and local implementation of social policies.


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, Minna will work 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.


Minna van Gerven currently teaches in several (EPA & GES) courses:

  • European Challenges (EPA module 2)
  • The EU in crisis? (EPA module 7A)
  • The Policy design and implementation beyond the Nation state (GES master)

Minna has regularly a bachelor circle crisis (for the academic year 2016-2017 under the title Making social Innovations work in elderly care in Europe and China)

Furthermore, she supervises (EPA/GES/HS) master thesis projects of students on the following themes:

  • Global social and health care policy (specialization of Asia (China), EU)
  • Creation and implementation of Social Europe (multi-level governance by EU institutions, MS, local government, civil society and social networks)
  • Institutional change and policy learning, diffusion and the spread of innovations
  • Public policy reform with particular interest to employment, migration, care, pension, e-governance fields.

Furthermore, she specializes in supervision of

  • Comparative case studies
  • Content analysis
  • Discourse analysis
  • Analysis of public opinion data (European Social Survey, World Value Survey)
  • Conducting and analysis of (semi-structured) interviews