Prof.dr. Ariana Need

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Professor in Sociology

Email: prof.dr. Ariana Need
Tel. +31 53 489 4037 / 3280
Fax +31 53 489 2159
Ravelijn building; room RA 4117

General information

Prof. dr. Ariana Need is professor of Sociology of Public Governance at the Faculty of Behavioural, Management & Social Sciences, University of Twente, The Netherlands. She got a MA Political Science at the University of Nijmegen. In 1997 she got her PhD which is titled: The Kindred Vote: Individual and family effects of social class and religion on electoral change in the Netherlands, 1956-1997.

Her former positions were associate professor at the department of Sociology of the University of Nijmegen, and assistant professor at the department of Sociology of the University of Amsterdam. She is currently an associate member of Nuffield College, Oxford and a member of the Young Academy of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Since May 1, 2011 prof. Need is member of Sociaal Wetenschappelijke Raad, KNAW

Selected publications

International publications

  • Sandra Gijzen, Jessica Petter, Monique P.L’Hoir, Magada Boere-Bonekamp en Ariana Need (2017). Procedures in child deaths in The Netherlands: a comparison with child death review in Journal of Public Health. DOI 10.1007/s10389-017-0800-9.
  • Jans, W., B. Denters, A. Need & M. Van Gerven (2017). Lifting the ban on Dutch brothels: Do local social needs and local political demands matter for municipal prostitution poli-cies? Policy & Politics (forthcoming)
  • Konijnendijk, A.A.J., M.M. Boere-Boonekamp, A.H. Kaya, M.E. Haasnoot & A. Need (2017). In-house consultation to support professionals’ responses to child abuse and neglect: Determinants of professionals’ use and the association with guideline adherence. Child Abuse & Neglect, Volume 69, 242-251. (
  • Van Stenus, C.M., M.M. Boere-Boonekamp, E.F. Kerkhof & A. Need (2017). Client satisfaction and transfers across care levels of women with uncomplicated pregnancies at the on¬set of labor. Midwifery, 48, 11-17
  • Nieuwenhuis, R., A. Need & H. Van der Kolk (2017). Is There Such a Thing as Too Long Childcare Leave?. International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, 37(1/2)  
  • Nieuwenhuis, R., van der Kolk, H., & Need, A. (2017). Women’s earnings and household inequality in OECD countries, 1973–2013. Acta Sociologica, 60(1), 3–20.
  • Wouter Jans, Bas Denters, Ariana Need & Minna Van Gerven (2016). Lifting the ban on Dutch brothels: Do local social needs and local political demands matter for municipal prostitution policies? Policy & Politics, forthcoming.:
  • Jans, Wouter, Bas Denters, Minna van Gerven & Ariana Need (2016). Mandatory innovation in a decentralised system: The adoption of an e-government innovation in Dutch municipalities. Acta Politica, 51, 36–60. doi:10.1057/ap.2014.36.
  • Konijnendijk, Annemieke A.J. and Boere-Boonekamp, Magda M. and Fleuren, Margot A.H. and Haasnoot, Maria E. and Need, Ariana (2015) What factors increase Dutch child health care professionals’ adherence to a national guideline on preventing child abuse and neglect? Child abuse & neglect . ISSN 0145-2134
  • Levels, Mark, Roderick Sluiter & Ariana Need. (2014). A review of abortion laws in Western-European countries. A cross-national comparison of legal developments between 1960 and 2010. Health Policy, 118(1): Pp 95–104.
  • Annemieke A. J. Konijnendijk, Magda M. Boere-Boonekamp, Riet, M. E. Haasnoot-Smallegange, Ariana Need  (2014).    A qualitative exploration of factors that facilitate and impede adherence to child abuse prevention guidelines in Dutch preventive child healthcare. Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice 20(4):417-24. doi: 10.1111/jep.12155.
  • Sandra Gijzen, Magda M Boere-Boonekamp, Monique P L'hoir, Ariana Need (2014). Child mortality in the Netherlands in the past decades: An overview of external causes and the role of public health policy. Journal of Public Health Policy Vol. 35, 1, 43–59.
  • Giedo Jansen, Nan Dirk de Graaf and Ariana Need (2012), Explaining the Breakdown of the Religion–Vote Relationship in The Netherlands, 1971–2006, in: West European Politics, Vol. 35, No. 4, 756–783, July 2012
  • Rense Nieuwenhuis, Ariana Need, Henk van der Kolk (2012), Institutional and Demographic Explanations of Women's Employment in 18 OECD Countries, 1975–1999, in Journal of Marriage and Family. Volume 74, Issue 3, pages 614–630, June 2012.
  • Levels, M, A. Need, R. Nieuwenhuis, R. Sluiter and W. Ultee (2011). “Unintended Pregnancy and Induced Abortion in the Netherlands 1954-2002”. In European Sociological Review. (Online accessible:
  • Jansen, Giedo, Nan Dirk de Graaf & Ariana Need (2011). Class voting, social changes and political changes in the Netherlands 1971-2006, in Electoral Studies. (Online accessible: Electoral Studies 30 (2011) 510-524 24 February 2011 doi:10.1016/j.electstud.2011.02.005 Key: citeulike:8938087).
  • Olav Aarts, Ariana Need, Manfred Te Grotenhuis & Nan Dirk de Graaf (2010). Does Duration of Deregulated Religious Markets Affect Church Attendance?: Evidence from Twenty-six Religious Markets in Europe and North America between 1981 and 2006, Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, 49(4): 657-672.
  • Olav Aarts, Ariana Need, Manfred Te Grotenhuis & Nan Dirk de Graaf (2010). Does Duration of Deregulated Religious Markets Affect Church Attendance?: Evidence from Twenty-six Religious Markets in Europe and North America between 1981 and 2006, Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, forthcoming.
  • Janssens, Angélique, Messelink, Maaike & Ariana Need (2010). Faulty genes or faulty parents? Gender, family and survival in early and late childhood in the Netherlands, 1860–1900. The History of the Family, 15, 91-108.
  • Coffé, Hilde & Ariana Need (2010). Similarity in Husbands and Wives Party Family Preference in The Netherlands. Electoral Studies, 29(2): 259-268.
  • Tolsma, Jochem, Need, Ariana & Uulkje De Jong (2010). Explaining Participation Differentials in Dutch Higher Education: The Impact of Subjective Success Probabilities on Level Choice and Field Choice. European Sociological Review. 26(2): 235-252.
  • Meijs, Lieke & Ariana Need (2009). Sociology, at last a basis for civil sciences as a secondary school subject. Journal of Social Science Education (expected in issue 4, 2009).
  • Moor, Nienke, Wout Ultee & Ariana Need (2009). Analogical Reasoning and the Content of Creation Stories. Quantitative Comparisons of Preindustrial Societies. Cross-Cultural Research, 43: 91-122.
  • Aarts Olav, Ariana Need, Manfred Te Grotenhuis & Nan Dirk De Graaf (2008). Does Believing accompany belonging? Correlations and trends in Western Europe and North America between 1981 and 2000. Review of Religious Research 50(1): 16-34.
  • Need Ariana & Uulkje De Jong (2007). Personality Traits and Gender-specific Income Expectations in Dutch Higher Education. Social Indicators Research 86 (1): 113-128.
  • Moor Nienke, Wout Ultee & Ariana Need (2007). Analogien, Subsistenztechnologien und (nicht)-moralische allmächtige Schöpfergötter. Kölner Zeitschrift für Soziologie und Sozialpsychologe, 59(3): 383-409.
  • Güveli, Ayse, Ariana Need & Nand Dirk De Graaf (2007a). The Rise of ‘New’ Social Classes within the Service Class in the Netherlands. Political Orientation of Social and Cultural Specialists and Technocrats between 1970 and 2003. Acta Sociologica 50:129-146
  • Güveli, Ayse, Ariana Need & Nan Dirk De Graaf (2007b). Socio-Political, Cultural and Economic Preferences and Behaviour of the Social and Cultural Specialists versus the Technocrats. Social Class or Education? Social Indicators Research 81:597-631
  • Steijn, Bram, Ariana Need & Maurice Gesthuizen (2006). Long-term effect of labor market entry in the Netherlands, 1950-2000. Work Employment and Society 20(3):453-472.

Publications in Dutch

  • Wouter Jans, Bas Denters, Minna van Gerven & Ariana Need (2013) Innovatiekracht in Nederlandse gemeenten: naar een bestuurskundige onderzoeksagenda, in: Bestuurswetenschappen 67, nr. 3, pp. 21-44.
  • Need, A. (2010). Kiezen in context, Fertiliteitsbeslissingen in West-Europa vanaf 1960. Inaugurele rede uitgesproken bij het aanvaarden van het ambt van hoogleraar (20 mei 2010). Universiteit Twente.
  • Junger, Marianne & Ariana Need (2010). Criminaliteitsbeleid: wat werkt? Nederlands Genootschap van Burgemeesters, januari 2010.
  • Need, A., W. Ultee, M. Levels & M. Van Tienen (2008). Mening over abortus in 14 Europese landen. Mens en Maatschappij 83(1): 5-22.
  • Geersing, M. & A. Need (2007). Over alternatieve zingeving, recreatie en het ervaren van een scheiding. Religie & Samenleving 2(3):163-182.
  • Moor N., W. Ultee & A. Need (2007). Analogieën, bestaanstechnologieën en oppermachtige goden in voorindustriële samenlevingen. Sociologie 3:225-253
  • Güveli, A., A. Need, and N.D. De Graaf (2005). De opkomst van de 'nieuwe' sociale klassen binnen de dienstenklasse in Nederland: Politieke oriëntatie van de 'nieuwe' sociale klassen tussen 1970 en 2000. Mens en Maatschappij 80(4):257-279.
  • Need, A.and N.D. De Graaf (2005). Zich bekeren en wisselen van kerkgenootschap in Nederland. Mens en Maatschappij 80(4):288-304.
  • Van de Rakt, M., F. Weerman, and A. Need (2005). Delinquent gedrag van jongens en meisjes: Het (anti)sociale kapitaal van vriendschapsrelaties. Mens en Maatschappij 80(4):328-352.

Scholarships and prizes

  • 2006 Research project funded by NORFACE Research Programme ‘Re-Emergence of Religion as a Social Force in Europe?’: ‘Extending and enhancing the ISSP 2008 module on religion’ (main applicant prof. D. Voas). Budget: k€500
  • 2005 ASPASIA-subsidy ‘Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research’ (NWO). (Dossiernumber 015-002-004). Budget: k€100
  • 2005 Research project funded by the ‘Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research’ (NWO) (k€ 600) ‘Abortion, contraception and assisted reproduction: technological innovations and the role of religion and education’.


  • 2009 - University of Twente
  • Sociology of Dutch Society: A research paper
  • Sociology of Dutch Society: Ethical Issues in Dutch Society