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Oemar van der Woerd

Erasmus School of Health, Policy & Management, Erasmus University Rotterdam

Oemar van der Woerd

Oemar van der Woerd is currently working as a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Department of Healthcare Governance at Erasmus University Rotterdam. Through mainly ethnographic research methods, his research focuses on the meaning and practice of governing across traditional organizational boundaries for healthcare organizations and their management.


Countries Netherlands;
Topics Care integration/ coordination; Governance and LTC systems organisation; LTC Policy; LTC Reforms; LTC Systems; LTC Workforce; New models of care;
Methods Document analysis; Ethnography; Policy analysis; Qualitative studies;
Role Research;
Research interests

Health policy; regionalization; collaborative governance; network governance; multi-sited ethnography; older person care

Key publications

van der Woerd, O., Wallenburg, I., van der Scheer, W., & Bal, R. (2023). Regional network-building for complexity: A region-oriented policy response to increasing and varied demands for older person care in the Netherlands. Public Administration, 1–18. DOI:

van der Woerd, O., Janssens, J., van der Scheer, W., & Bal, R. (2023). Managing (through) a network of collaborations: A case study on hospital executives’ work in a Dutch urbanized region, Public Management Review, DOI: 10.1080/14719037.2023.2171093

van der Woerd, O., van Veen-Berkx, E., van der Scheer, W. and Bal, R. (2022). How does a Network Platform Work for Participating Actors Towards Integrated Care Governance? A Case Study of a Dutch Hospital Region. International Journal of Integrated Care, 22(4), p.20. DOI: