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dr. L. Heyse

Assistant Professor & Secretary to the SCOOP Board

RESEARCH PROJECTS (see also 'research' for publications)

1. Performance & professionalization of international (humanitarian) non governmental organizations

Heyse collaborates closely with MSF Operational Center Amsterdam to study the effects of human resource management on MSF's expatriate staff. Previous research - together with Miranda Visser, Valeska Korff, Rafael Wittek and Melinda Mills - focused on topics such as turnover, work-life balance, commitment and job satisfaction. Amongst others, survey data, employee registration data, and job evaluation forms were used for these purposes. With Julian Rengers, a new project is currently started on diversity in MSF. 

On the basis of the renowned database of the Yearbook of International Organizations (collected by the Union of International Associations, Brussels), Heyse and colleagues are exploring options to study organizational change and networks of international nonprofit organizations throughout time. Currently, the team is studying effects of multiple imputation for missing data to study the determinants of organizational survival of international nonprofits in the peace, justice and humanity domain. 

2. Public organizations & public sector reform 

Heyse is co-applicant and member of the daily management team of the Academische Werkplaats Transitie Jeugd Friesland (funded by ZonMw), which is a knowledge platform and consortium of Dutch municipalities, care organizations, and educational & research institutes that monitor and study processes and effects of youthcare decentralization and reform in the province of Friesland. The consortium has developed an audit method to evaluate the quality of care and identify lessons learned, together with parents, children and professionals. Based on this so-called 'dialogue table' approach Pawson & Tilley's realist evaluation method will be applied to identify what youth care interventions work for whom, why and in which circumstances. Implications for policy and management will be identified. See and

3. Humanitarian crises & aid provision

Heyse is co-founder of the Humanitarian Genome (, a google style search engine for identifying lessons learned in humanitarian aid based on manually coded evaluation reports, funded by the Humanitarian Innovation Fund. Heyse is currently working with Fernando Nieto Morales and Rafael Wittek on a study of organizational determinants of performance in humanitarian aid projects on the basis of this database by means of Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA).

Furthermore, Heyse is co-editor on a book on humanitarian crises and intervention design that introduces the H-AID framework (the Humanitarian Analysis and Intervention Design framework), which outlines guidelines for humanitarian aid practitioners for careful context and stakeholder analysis before proceeding to design humanitarian aid projects and interventions (Heyse, L., Zwitter, A., Wittek, R., & Herman. J. (2014). Humanitarian Crisis, Intervention and Security: Towards evidence-based programming. London: Routledge, Taylor and Francis group).

PhD PROJECTS (current & completed)

Heyse is and was involved as daily supervisor/co-promotor in a number of PhD projects.

Current PhD projects

  1. Julian Rengers: Informal Social Networks and Organizational Inclusion: The Invisible Minority’s Dilemma (SCOOP project - Promotores: Rafael Wittek & Sabine Otten)
  2. Louisa Firnenburg:  Urban Collective Living Arrangements – Golden Key to Sustainable Communities? (SCOOP project - Promotores: Rafael Wittek & Martijn van Zomeren)
  3. Anne Kuschel:  Sustainable Labor Market Integration of First Generation Migrant Groups: The Quest for the ‘Migrant-Organization Fit’ (SCOOP project - Promotor: Rafael Wittek - co-promotor: Nina Hansen)
  4. Aliona Ignatieva: Cross-border network governance for sustainable training in health care (SCOOP project - Promotor: Rafael Wittek - co-promotor: Jelly Zuidersma)
  5. Chamutal Eitam: International humanitarian aid responsibility. Field-based evaluations, their purpose and operational impact (Promotor: Joost Herman, Faculty of Arts)

Finalized PhD projects

  1. Suwatin Miharti: The Role of Public Health Centers in Improving Primary Care Performance in Indonesia (Promotor: Rafael Wittek and Ron Holzacker, dissertation defense 6 December 2018)
  2. Mala Silitonga: Ethical Leadership Behavior in the Indonesian Public Sector: The Impact of Formal Control and Informal Networks (Promotor: Rafael Wittek, dissertation defense: 8 February 2018) 
  3. Tatang Muttaqin: The Education Divide in Indonesia (Promotor: Rafael Wittek, dissertation defense: 27 March 2017)
  4. Miranda Visser: Loyalty in Humanity. Turnover among Expatriate Humanitarian Aid Workers (Promotores: Rafael Wittek & Melinda Mills, dissertation defense: April 2015)
  5. Fernando Nieto Morales: Must Everything Change for Everything to Remain the Same? Change and Control in Public Organizations (Promotor: Rafael Wittek, dissertation defense: February 2015)
  6. Valeska Korff: Between Cause and Control: Management in a Humanitarian Organization (Promotores: Rafael Wittek & Melinda Mills, dissertation defense: November 2012) 

Last modified:25 February 2019 11.43 a.m.

Contact information

Grote Rozenstraat 31
9712 TG Groningen
The Netherlands

Bouman Building

Working hours:
Monday to Thursday