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My name is Ruard Ganzevoort, and I am Professor of Practical Theology at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. My main areas of interest are pastoral theology and psychology, psychology of religion, narrative approaches, trauma, and popular culture. I have published or edited 16 books and more than 130 scientific or professional publications. I was president of the International Academy of Practical Theology from 2007-2009 and am currently president of the International Society for Empirical Research in Theology. Since June 2011, I am also a member of the Upper Chamber of the Dutch national parliament for the Green party GroenLinks.  



My research focuses on the lived religion, how people shape their relationship to the sacred and how they relate to the tradition(s) from which they draw. I'm working on projects in the field of religion and trauma, sexual diversity, spiritual care, and religion in popular culture.



  • Introduction of practical theology
  • Religion and sexuality
  • Theory of Spiritual Care


Ancillary activities

  • KRO_NCRV | Hilversum | Member Supervisory Board | 2014-01-02
  • Eerste kamer | Den Haag | Senator | 2015-07-01

Last update Ancillary Activities: Amsterdam (2018-01-23)

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Research Output 2005 2017

De rol van godsbeelden in de levensverhalen van vrouwen met een incestervaring

Balk-van Rossum, A. W. 2017 615 p.

Research output: ScientificPhD Thesis - Research VU, graduation VU

Open Access

Interfaith Spiritual Care: A Systematic Review

Liefbroer, A. I., Olsman, E., Ganzevoort, R. R. & Van Etten - Jamaludin, F. S. 2017 In : Journal of Religion and Health. 56, 5, p. 1776-1793 18 p.

Research output: Scientific - peer-reviewArticle

Open Access

School shootings: Existential concerns and implicit religion

Pfeifer, B. 2017 267 p.

Research output: ScientificPhD Thesis - Research VU, graduation VU

Open Access

Adam dan Wawan

Ganzevoort, R. R. & Marbun, L. T. 2016 Yogyakarta: Gading.

Research output: ProfessionalBook

Ervaringsdeskundige zorg- en dienstverleners: Stigma, verslaving & existentiele transformatie

Weerman, A. 2016

Research output: ScientificPhD Thesis - Research external, graduation VU

Open Access