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prof. dr. RR Ganzevoort

Full Professor, Faculty of Religion and Theology

Full Professor, CLUE+

Personal information

My name is Ruard Ganzevoort, and I am Dean and 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, sexuality, 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 and of the 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
  • Eerste kamer | Den Haag | Senator | 2019-07-01 - present
  • Oikocredit Nederland | Utrecht | Voorzitter Raad van Toezicht | 2023-01-15 - present

Ancillary activities are updated daily

prof. dr. RR Ganzevoort