Sietske Waslander Sietske Waslander

Full Professor
Expert areas: Context (Sociology), Health & Education (Education Management, Innovation, Strategy), Management & Organisation (Leadership, Public Policy, Research and Development), Quantitative Methods (Business Research Methods, Economics, Statistics), Strategy & Innovation (Strategy and Leadership)

Prof.dr. Sietske Waslander completed a Masters of Science (cum laude) in sociology, majoring in statistical research methods, policy research and the sociology of education. After having coordinated a large nationwide research project in New Zealand, she worked as international coordinator for the educational indicators project (PISA) of the OECD in Paris. After finishing her PhD (cum laude) on the marketization of education, she worked as a senior policy consultant. Appointed as full professor of sociology at the Rijksuniversiteit in Groningen, she developed a bachelor and master of science in social consultancy. Fitting her passion to connect science, policy and practice, she works for TIAS since 2007. For seven years she was the Academic Director of the Executive Master of Management in Education (MSc) of TIAS. Waslander was a member appointed by the Crown of the Dutch Education Council, the highest independent advisory body for cabinet and parliament. She is member of the GovernanceLAB, was responsible for a large research project on governance in complex education systems, and a leading researcher in a nationwide longitudinal policy evaluation on systems reform. She teaches in various TIAS programs, including Executive Masters, Master Classes and Company Specific Programs.


  • Hooge, E.H., Waslander, S., & Theisens, H.C. (2021). The many shapes and sizes of meta-governance. An empirical study of strategies applied by a well-advanced meta-governor: the case of Dutch central government in education. Public Management Review, 1-19.
  • Dijkstra, A.B., ten Dam, G., & Waslander, S. (2019). Sturing van burgerschapsvorming door de overheid? Tussen staatspedagogiek en persoonlijkheidspedagogiek. Pedagogische Studiën, 95, 315 - 328.
  • Waslander, S., Hooge, E. H., Theisens, H. C., & Pater, C. J. (2018). Steering in complex education systems. Why similar aims can have dramatically different results. Journal of Education Policy35(2), 168-187.

  • Theisens, H., Hooge, E., & Waslander, S. (2016). Steering dynamics in complex education systems. An agenda for empirical research. European Journal of Education, 51(4), 463-477.

  • Waslander, S., Hooge, E., & Drewes, T. (2016). Steering dynamics in the Dutch education system. European Journal of Education, 51(4), 478-494.

  • Waslander, S. (2016). Huisvestingsbeleid en nieuwe scholen. Over de noodzaak van een geografisch perspectief op onderwijs. Beleid & Maatschappij, 43(4), 28 – 48. doi: 10.5553/BenM/138900692016043004003