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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 - present
  • Eerste kamer | Den Haag | Senator | 2015-07-01 - present

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Research Output 2005 2019

Navigating a bumpy road: Young people’s negotiation of sexual agency in a normative landscape

Cense, M., 2019, 188 p.

Research output: PhD ThesisPhD Thesis - Research VU, graduation VUAcademic

Open Access

Reconsidering the Uniform: Existential and religious identity reconstruction among Swedes after military service

Grimell, J. M., 2018, Zürich: LIT. 242 p.

Research output: PhD ThesisPhD Thesis - Research VU, graduation VUAcademic

Open Access

The Importance of Parental Connectedness and Relationships With Healthcare Professionals in End-of-Life Care in the PICU*

Falkenburg, J. L., Tibboel, D., Ganzevoort, R. R., Gischler, S. J. & van Dijk, M., 1 Mar 2018, (Accepted/In press) In : Pediatric critical care medicine. 19, 3, p. e157-e163 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Terminal Care
Delivery of Health Care

The storyscapes of teenage pregnancy. On morality, embodiment, and narrative agency

Cense, M. & Ruard Ganzevoort, R., 23 Sep 2018, In : Journal of Youth Studies. p. 1-16 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Social Norms

Trauma and lived religion: Embodiment and emplotment

Sremac, S. & Ganzevoort, R. R., 2018, Trauma and Lived Religion: Transcending the Ordinary. Ganzevoort, R. R. & Sremac, S. (eds.). Palgrave-McMillan, p. 1-11 10 p. (Palgrave Series in Lived Religion and Societal Challenges).

Research output: Chapter in Book / Report / Conference proceedingChapterAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Lived Religion

Activities 2005 2011

  • 12 Lecture / Presentation
  • 10 Editorial work
  • 3 Membership

Missing men. The ambiguous success of gender studies in practical theology

R.R. Ganzevoort (Speaker)
29 Jan 2011

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic

University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, RSA (External organisation)

R.R. Ganzevoort (Member)

Activity: MembershipAcademic

Theologisch Debat (Journal)

R.R. Ganzevoort (Member of editorial board)

Activity: Peer review and Editorial workEditorial workAcademic

Tijdschrift geestelijke verzorging (Journal)

R.R. Ganzevoort (Member of editorial board)

Activity: Peer review and Editorial workEditorial workAcademic

Narrative and Quality of Care

R.R. Ganzevoort (Speaker), T. Tromp (Speaker)
27 Nov 2008

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic