prof.dr. A. Need (Ariana)

Full Professor

About Me

My profile is three-sided. First, I am a senior scholar in sociology using state-of-the art methods and statistics, with 25 years of exper­ien­ce. I have a broad interest with respect to research topics and a strong track record in in­ter­disciplinary projects. The last ten years, my research has increasingly focused on health and inequality. Second, I am a scholar who is actively involved in teaching and educational innova­tion, ranging from stimulating excellence programmes in university edu­cation to being responsible for exams in social sciences in secondary education. Last, I am a university professional with strategic responsibilities, who is departmental chair but also works as a trust person for the accused in Scientific Integrity Com­plaints Procedures. I have a professional network extending across academia, the field of edu­cation and society.


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In my research, I combine methodological rigor, societal relevance, transparency and par­si­mony. I have organized and led many large research projects, for instance a vidiproject and, more recently, the so-called Academic Workplace Youth (Academische Werkplaats Jeugd) in Twen­te. So far, I have suc­cess­fully supervised ten PhD students. I have presented the results of my research to a wide variety of audiences.


Nieuwenhuis, R., Need, A., & van der Kolk, H. (2017). Is there such a thing as too long childcare leave?International journal of sociology and social policy, 37(1/2), 2-15. DOI: 10.1108/IJSSP-07-2015-0074
Priante, A., Hiemstra, D., van den Broek, T. A., Saeed, A., Ehrenhard, M. L., & Need, A. (2016). #WhoAmI in 160 characters? Classifying social identities based on Twitter profile descriptions. In Workshop on Natural Language Processing and Computational Social Science: NLP+CSS, EMNLP (pp. 55-65). Austin, Texas: Association for Computational Linguistics. DOI: 10.18653/v1/W16-5608

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I teach classes in sociology and in research methods for university students at all levels (ba­che­lor, master, research master, PhD). In 2013, I was awarded thenigSupervisor of the Year prize, being the best PhD supervisor of the Netherlands Institute of Government (nig), the Dutch Research School for Public Administration and Political Science. 

Affiliated Study Programmes





2017    Research Program ‘Expert at Work’ (on Effective deployment of volunteers in debt relief; main applicant); funded by ZonMw; budget k€150.

2015    Research Program ‘Academic Collaborative Centre Youth’(on strengthening care for chil­d­ren in poverty; main applicant); funded by ZonMw; budget: k€360

2014    Research Program ‘Academic Collaborative Centre Youth’(on strengthening care for vul­ne­ra­ble children; main applicant M. Cerneus,ggdTwente); extension funded by Zon­Mw; budget k€148

2014    Research Program ‘The diffusion and effectiveness of cancer early de­tec­tion campaigns on twitter’ (in collaboration with T. van den Broek, M. Ehren­hard and D. Hiem­stra); supported by Twitter #Data Grant (Access to Twitter’s unfiltered archival data since 2008 from nine Twitter cancer awareness campaigns and six cancer types since 2008 via gnipservice)

2012    Research Program ‘Zwangerschap en geboorte Subsidieronde: Regionaal consortium met inhoudelijk project 1b’ (Analysis of the coordination of care during pregnancy and perinatal period; main applicant M. Cerneus, ggdTwente); budget k€233

2010    Research Program ‘Academic Collaborative Centre Youth’(on strengthening care for vul­ne­ra­ble children; main applicant: M. Cerneus, ggdTwente); budget k€720

Contact Details

Visiting Address

University of Twente
Faculty of Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Ravelijn (building no. 10), room 4117
Hallenweg 17
7522NH  Enschede
The Netherlands

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Mailing Address

University of Twente
Faculty of Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Ravelijn  4117
P.O. Box 217
7500 AE Enschede
The Netherlands