GOVTRUST organizes a variety of activities aimed at disseminating research findings among scientists and practitioners. Please find an overview of passed activities below.

2021 | Passed activities

  • 6 Sep 2021 | Seminar on Trust, Vulnerability and the Justice System with Joe Hamm & Caitlin Cavanagh

On 6 September 2021, Prof. Joe Hamm and Prof. Caitlin Cavanagh presented their work on 'Trust, Vulnerability and the Justice System' in a hybrid lunch seminar at the GOVTRUST Centre of Excellence. Joe Hamm talked about 'Centering Vulnerability in Public Trust': Despite largely defining itself in terms of vulnerability, research on public trust has rarely attended to the construct. In this presentation, prof. Joe Hamm explored the nature of vulnerability and its likely implications for trust research and will overview a trilogy of studies investigating public vulnerability to the police with the goal of shedding new light and highlighting persisting issues in exploring this intersection of trust and vulnerability. Caitlin Cavanagh talked about 'Understanding the Development of Youth Trust in the Justice System': Legal socialization, the process by which individuals form (positive or negative) attitudes toward the justice system and its actors, is a normative part of adolescence. How do these justice system attitudes form during a developmental sensitive period? Prof. Caitlin Cavanagh’s presentation explored how youths’ personal and vicarious experiences with legal actors across contexts shape their attitudes toward the justice system.

  • 23 Mar 2021 | Session on Intersectoral Collaboration at the International Smart City Symposium

Koen Verhoest deliverd a presentation on intersectoral collaboration (based on PSI-CO and TROPICO projects) as invited speaker at the International Smart City Symposium, organised by CityLAB Berlin, Hertie School of Governance.

  • 10 Mar 2021 | Webinar on 'How to Collaborate for Innovation'

Koen Verhoest delivered an invited presentation on 'How to Collaborate for Innovation' (based on PSI-CO and TROPICO projects) for senior researchers at Sciensano.

  • 24 Feb 2021 | Webinar on 'Innovation through Collaboration and Co-Creation'

Koen Verhoest and Emmanuel Dockx presented their work on innovation through collaboration and co-creation in the webinar series organised by the Flemish government's Senior Civil Service (Voorzitterscollege). In this webinar, the researchers discussed the most important findings, lessons and recommendations from their research project on ‘Innovation through Collaboration and Co-creation’ in the Flemish government (Policy Research Centre Governance Innovation). What is the current state of innovation in the Flemish government? What type of innovations are being developed (new policy, new technologies, services and processes)? Are these innovations developed alone or in collaboration with other actors? To what extent are they satisfied with the innovations and are the innovations actually tested and/or implemented? What is the influence of organisational culture, red tape, innovation capacity and collaboration on innovation outcomes? Based on the results of a broad survey among senior civil servants in the Flemish government, the researchers elaborated on their findings regarding the necessary conditions for organisations to innovate, whether or not in collaboration and co-creation with other actors. They also presented recommendations and action points to strengthen the Flemish government’s innovation and co-creation capacity as well as it’s agility.

  • 5 Feb 2021 | Lesson of the Century on "Corona-related Social Science Research"

The University of Antwerp's Faculty of Social Sciences organised an event Lesson of the Century on February 5, 2021. The topic of the event was "Corona-related Social Science Research" and was aimed at an audience of 16 to 18 year old secondary school students. From the GOVTRUST consortium, prof. dr. Koen Verhoest and prof. dr. Karolien Poels contributed to the event. Koen Verhoest talked about the research on trust in government and compliance with corona measures. Karolien Poels talked about addressing concerns on the COVID-19 vaccines through appropriate communication. More information or video recordings of the presentations (in Dutch).

  • 29 Jan 2021 | GOVTRUST Annual Symposium

On 29 January 2021, the GOVTRUST Centre of Excellence organised its first (online) Annual Symposium. The purpose of the first GOVTRUST Annual Symposium was to introduce the work of GOVTRUST and involve the broader community working in the field of trust, regulation and multi-level governance. The theme of the Symposium was “Trust and the COVID-19 Crisis: Regulation and Compliance in Multi-level Governance”. During this seminar, guest speakers as well as members of the GOVTRUST consortium presented recent work on the topic of trust and the coronavirus crisis, identified key learning points, and raised some crucial questions and issues for discussion. You can now look back at the Symposium and download presentations.

  • 21 Jan 2021 | PSI-CO Online Conference 'Public Sector Innovation through Collaboration'

To conclude the PSI-CO project, we organised an online conference on January 21, 2021. During this conference both from researchers and practitioners talked about how innovation through collaboration can best be achieved. How should the collaboration be managed? But also: what characteristics do innovative organizations have and what role is reserved for the federal government with regard to innovation? The conference consisted of three thematic sessions. Session 1 on 'Innovation through collaboration: Why, with whom and how to manage it?'. Session 2 on 'Organizational conditions at play in collaborative innovation context'. Session 3 on 'How to stimulate collaborative innovation in government?' More information.


2020 | Passed activities

  • 17 Dec 2020 | Webinar on 'Trust & Rule Compliance'

Frédérique Six and Monika Glavina hosted a seminar on 'Trust & Rule Compliance' in the TiGRE webinar series on "Trust & Regulatory Governance in an Age of Crisis". As the Covid-19 crisis proceeds, motivating citizens to continue to comply with regulations that impact heavily on the life that they were accustomed to before the outbreak, gets more and more challenging. The literature shows convincing evidence that trust in government (regulator) has a positive impact on rule compliance, both under normal conditions and in times of crisis. In this seminar Frédérique Six, together with Monika Glavina, presented and compared insights from several theoretical perspectives and provided implications for practice.​

  • 25 Nov, 2 Dec & 9 Dec 2020 | TROPICO online seminar series 'Collaborating for Digital Transformation - Achievements, Challenges and Future Solutions'

The TROPICO Online Series 2020 aimed to unpack how public and private actors collaborate to facilitate the digital transformation in Europe and which challenges they face. Societies and governments across Europe aim to become more open and connected using digital tools. Providing ICT-enabled public services has become a priority for most European governments, promising more efficient and high quality services. Connecting various stakeholders is a central objective of contemporary open and digital governments. In this context, governments increasingly seek to establish collaborations, on the one hand between governments, and on the other hand between governments and the private sector. These collaborations provide both shared public services and aim to establish new ICT-enabled public services. During the three virtual sessions, ongoing research was presented and relevant topics related to this theme were discussed. Session 1 on 'Collaborating for Digital Transformation during the COVID-19 pandemic'. Session 2 on 'Digital Transformation: The Challenge of Better Collaboration within Government'. Session 3 on 'Public-private collaboration for eHealth innovation'. This event series was initiated by the TROPICO project, and co-organised by members of GOVTRUST.

  • 27 Nov 2020 | Webinar on 'Big Data and Artificial Intelligence: The Challenges for (Tax) Authorities'

DIGI4FED and DigiTax organised a joint webinar on the operational, ethical, legal and behavioral challenges imposed by big data and artificial intelligence (AI) on (tax) authorities. As part of the webinar, GOVTRUST Centre of Excellence's Dr. Bjorn Kleizen talked about the impact of big data and AI on trust in government. More information here.

  • 18 Nov 2020 | Webinar on 'Trust & Vaccination'

Koen Verhoest, Sophie Op de Beeck and Monika Glavina hosted a seminar on 'Trust & Vaccination' in the TiGRE webinar series on "Trust & Regulatory Governance in an Age of Crisis". ​Large-scale vaccination with an eventual COVID19 vaccine is considered by most governments and citizens to be the ultimate solution of the current health crisis. However, vaccination hesitancy, intensified by anti-vax movements, is a major problem, both in normal times and in health crises. During this seminar, Koen Verhoest, Sophie Op de Beeck and Monika Glavina, reviewed the theoretical and empirical insights in literature on the effect of trust on vaccination hesitancy and vaccination refusal and discussed its explanatory power in relation to other relevant factors. They also discussed recent findings on vaccination hesitancy in the context of the COVID-19 crisis.​

  • 20 Aug 2020 | GOVTRUST seminar on national parliaments and EU economic governance with Ivana Skazlic

On August 20, 2020, dra. Ivana Skazlic from the Institute for Advanced Studies in Vienna presented her work on national parliaments and EU economic governance. Ivana is an Early Stage Researcher within the EU MSCA-ITN project 'Post-Crisis Legitimacy of the European Union' (PLATO). She presented a paper deriving from her doctoral research, entitled "National parliaments and EU economic governance: which factors trigger parliamentary activities in the European Semester?".

  • 7 Feb 2020 | GOVTRUST seminar on public apologies with Muiris MacCarthaigh

On February 7, 2020, Professor Muiris MacCarthaigh from Queens University Belfast presented his work on accountability and public apologies. His paper, written with Anna Bryson and entitled “Delivering Accountability? The Role of Public Apologies in Ireland” deals with blame acceptance and related efforts to provide accountability and trust repair in the Irish context, using the medium of public apologies.

  • 13 Jan 2020 | GOVTRUST seminar on trust in governance with Frédérique Six

On January 13, 2020, Professor Frédérique Six provided an extensive overview of the state of the art in trust research and trust in regulatory systems research as an introduction for researchers joining their efforts in the new GOVTRUST Centre of Excellence.