As the GOVTRUST Centre of Excellence's researchers conduct and disseminate their research, we will post announcements and updates on new research insights, upcoming events and new opportunities here.

2021

8 Oct 2021 | New article on "Is Euroscepticism Contagious? How Mainstream Parties React to Eurosceptic Challengers in Belgian Parliaments" by Jordy Weyns and Peter Bursens in Politics of the Low Countries. Read more

7 Oct 2021 | New article on "What drives compliance with COVID-19 measures over time? Explaining changing impacts with Goal Framing Theory" by Frédérique Six, Steven de Vadder, Monika Glavina, Koen Verhoest and Koen Pepermans in Regulation & Governance. Read more

23 Sep 2021 | Karolien Poels on the willingness to get vaccinated in Brussels in Gazet van Antwerpen (in Dutch). Read more

15 Sep 2021 | New article on "Inferential Analysis of Road Infrastructure PPP Sponsor Networks" by John Salazar, Jose Guevara and Koen Verhoest in Journal of Management in Engineering. Read more

14 Sep 2021 | Karolien Poels answers questions from viewers about vaccination on VRTNWS' Facebook Live (in Dutch). Watch the Q&A

13 Sep 2021 | Wouter Van Dooren on a dredging war on the Schelde in Gazet van Antwerpen (in Dutch). Read more

6 Sep 2021 | Joe Hamm and Caitlin Cavanagh visited the GOVTRUST Centre of Excellence and presented their work in a lunch seminar. Find out more

6 Sep 2021 | Karolien Poels on the arguments of non-vaccinated citizens in Het Nieuwsblad (in Dutch). Read more

18 Aug 2021 | New article on "Bullying and Harassment as a Consequence of Workplace Change in the Australian Civil Service" by Bjorn Kleizen, Jan Wynen, Jan Boon and Jolijn de Roover in Review of Public Personnel Administration. Read more

10 Aug 2021 | New article on "Fatal remedies. How dealing with policy conflict can backfire in a context of trust-erosion" by Eva Wolf and Wouter Van Dooren in Governance. Read more

2 Aug 2021 | New project “Towards a renewed control and performance assessment of the housing sector” (2021) was approved and funded by Flemish Minister for Finance and Budget, Housing and Immovable Heritage. The project is promoted by Wouter Van Dooren (in collaboration with Koen Verhoest, Sien Winters and DiederikVermeir), as part of the Policy Research Centre Housing.

2 Aug 2021 | New blog post by Frédérique Six on "How do organizing principles affect how citizens experience government trust or distrust?". Read more

28 Jul 2021 | Karolien Poels on the importance of the right information in order to convince vaccine doubters to get vaccinated on VRT NWS Coronablog (in Dutch). Read more

26 Jul 2021 | Patricia Popelier on the (interdisciplinary) work of the research group Government & Law in an extensive podcast interview by Doorbraak Radio (in Dutch). Listen here

16 Jul 2021 | New article on "Representation in Demoicracies. Contributions from Belgian Federalism for the Conference on the Future of Europe" by Peter Bursens and Petra Meier published in European Law Journal. Read more

16 Jun 2021 | Karolien Poels on getting vaccinated in De Standaard (in Dutch). Read more

15 Jun 2021 | New article on 'Health Crisis Measures and Standards for Fair Decision-Making: A Normative and Empirical-Based Account of the Interplay Between Science, Politics and Courts' by Patricia Popelier et al. published in European Journal of Risk Regulation. Read more

31 May 2021 | The @ntidote project focuses on the use of social media as a platform of content that may constitute cyberviolence. The project published a state of the art presenting the main research questions in the field. Download here

27 May 2021 | New project InnoFINS on 'Implementing innovative financing for nature-based solutions in Flemish cities' was funded by FWO-SBO (2021-2025). The project is led by the University of Antwerp's Urban Studies Institute (promotor: Tom Coppens) and co-promoted by Wouter Van Dooren.

26 May 2021 | Public Administration research at University of Antwerp ranked 20th (1st in Belgium) on Global Shanghai Ranking for PA 2021.

1 May 2021 | Check out the personal website of Frédérique Six, which holds various blog posts on trust, governance, control and integrity (only in Dutch). The most recent blog post is titled "From distrust to trust: citizens back in the picture". Read more

30 Apr 2021 | Patricia Popelier on the design of the pandemic law in De Tijd (in Dutch). Read more

29 Apr 2021 | Esther van Zimmeren on the revocation of vaccine patents in a radio interview with VRT Radio 1's "De Wereld Vandaag" (in Dutch). Listen here

29 Apr 2021 | Peter Bursens, Petra Meier and Patricia Populier presented their paper on "When Dual Federalism Meets External Crises" at the UACES-JMCT Workshop on Conceptualising Crisis in Territotrial Politcs (online).

27 Apr 2021 | Karolien Poels on the vaccination delay in Brussels in De Morgen (in Dutch). Read more

26 Apr 2021 | Patricia Popelier on the coronavirus crisis and the federal state structure in Belgium in De Standaard (in Dutch). Read more

26 Apr 2021 | Patricia Popelier delivers a perspective on a potential new state reform in an opinion piece in De Standaard (in Dutch). Read more

15 Apr 2021 | New article on "Trust and Vaccine Hesitancy in Flanders: The influence of trust in government and in experts on the intention to get vaccinated against COVID-19" by Jan Wynen et al. published in VTOM - Vlaams Tijdschrift voor Overheidsmanagement (in Dutch). Read more

15 Apr 2021 | Patricia Popelier on the new pandemic law in De Standaard (in Dutch). Read more

14 Apr 2021 | Karolien Poels on the vaccination intention in Brussels and Wallonia in De Morgen (in Dutch). Read more

1 Apr 2021 | New book chapter by Petra Meier and Peter Bursens on "Belgium: The Democratic State of the Federation". Read more

23 Mar 2021 | 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.

16 Mar 2021 | The first policy brief of the EU H2020 TiGRE project on "Assessing social and political trust: a systematic review" has been published. Download here

15 Mar 2021 | Karolien Poels on the influence of the news media on vaccine trust in Knack (in Dutch). Read more

12 Mar 2021 | New project "@ntidote – Cyberviolence: defining borders on permissibility and accountability", coordinated by Michel Walrave. Read more

11 Mar 2021 | New article by Frédérique Six and colleauges on "Relational leadership in collaborative governance ecosystems" in Public Management Review. Read more

10 Mar 2021 | Frédérique Six on trust and distrust at work in an interview on De Nieuwe Wereld TV (in Dutch). Watch the interview

10 Mar 2021 | Koen Verhoest presented the work on 'How to Collaborate for Innovation'  (based on PSI-CO and TROPICO projects) for senior researchers at Sciensano.

8 Mar 2021 | New book titled "Dynamic Federalism. A New Theory for Cohesion and Regional Autonomy" by Patricia Popelier. Read more

2 Mar 2021 | Video recordings from the TROPICO Online Summit 2020 are now available. Watch the recordings

1 Mar 2021 | Patricia Popelier on the pandemic law and unconstitutionality in De Standaard (in Dutch). Read more

28 Feb 2021 | Patricia Popelier in a debate on the corona measures on ATV (in Dutch). Watch the debate (from 26:30)

24 Feb 2021 | New paper on "Repetitive reform: Doing more harm than good?" by Jan Wynen, Koen Verhoest, Jan Boon, Bjorn Kleizen, Dries Van Doninck, Danika Pieters & Stephanie Verlinden in Esade. Read more

24 Feb 2021 | 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).

24 Feb 2021 | Patricia Popelier on proxies for the corona measures in Knack (in Dutch). Read more

17 Feb 2021 | Patricia Popelier on a pandemic law and the legal basis for the corona measures in Knack (in Dutch). Read more

16 Feb 2021 | Patricia Popelier on the legal basis for the corona measures in De Wereld Vandaag, Radio 1 (in Dutch). Listen here

11 Feb 2021 | New book chapter by Peter Bursens on "Recalibration of executive–legislative relations in the European Union: strategies inspired by the trilemma of democracy, sovereignty and integration". Read more

5 Feb 2021 | Koen Verhoest presented the research on trust in government and compliance with corona measures at UA's Lesson of the Century on "Corona-related Social Science Research" (in Dutch; targeted at 16-18 year old secondary school students). Watch the recording

5 Feb 2021 | Karolien Poels presented her research on addressing concerns on the COVID-19 vaccines through appropriate communication at UA's Lesson of the Century on "Corona-related Social Science Research" (in Dutch; targeted at 16-18 year old secondary school students). Watch the recording 

4 Feb 2021 | Peter Bursens on the power of the member states in the EU in Trends (Knack) (in Dutch). Read more

4 Feb 2021 | Karolien Poels on vaccination hesitancy among youth in De Morgen (in Dutch). Read more

29 Jan 2021 | The GOVTRUST Centre of Excellence held its first (online) Annual Symposium on the theme of "Trust and the COVID-19 Crisis: Regulation and Compliance in Multi-level Governance". Look back at the Symposium with presentations and recording now available.

13 Jan 2021 | Opinion piece by Wouter Van Dooren and Stefaan Walgrave on the vaccination campaign in Belgium in De Morgen (in Dutch). Read more

8 Jan 2021 | Special issue VTOM (Vlaams Tijdschrift voor Overheidsmanagement; 2020-4) on innovation in the public sector. Editorial freely available (in Dutch). Read more

6 Jan 2021 | Patricia Popelier on a pandemic law in De Morgen (in Dutch). Read more

6 Jan 2021 | Patricia Popelier on a pandemic law in De Standaard (in Dutch). Read more

4 Jan 2021 | New report on the reactions of citizens on Covid-19 exit measures (in Dutch). Read more

4 Jan 2021 | TiGRE Webinar series on “Trust & Regulatory Governance in an Age of Crisis” is extended with new sessions. More information and webinar schedule

2020 GOVTRUST News

30 Dec 2020 | New book chapter by Frédérique Six on "Trust-based accountability in education: the role of intrinsic motivation". Read more

27 Dec 2020 | Blog by Michel Walrave and colleagues on the use of and the concerns regarding the Coronalert-app in the UA Coronablog (in Dutch). Read more

27 Dec 2020 | Michel Walrave and colleagues on the untapped potential of the Coronalert-app in Het Nieuwsblad (in Dutch). Read more

17 Dec 2020 | Webinar on "Trust & Rule Compliance" by Frédérique Six and Monika Glavina. Presentation and recording available

17 Dec 2020 | New article by Peter Bursens and Petra Meier on “Belgian federalism 4.0 : EU inspired ways forward”. Read more

14 Dec 2020 | New article by Patricia Popelier on crisis management by ministerial decree (in Dutch). Read more

14 Dec 2020 | Blog by Simone Krouwer, Karolien Poels and Heidi Vandebosch on trust in the COVID-19 vaccines in the UA Coronablog (in Dutch). Read more

9 Dec 2020 | New book chapter by Patricia Popelier on “The Duty of Parliament to Adopt Reliable Legislation: Linking Trust in Parliament with Legitimate Expectations”. Read more

23 Nov 2020 | The University of Antwerp launched its new website, check out the new GOVTRUST website

18 Nov 2020 | Webinar on "Trust & Vaccination" by Koen Verhoest, Sophie Op de Beeck and Monika Glavina. Presentation and recording available

17 Nov 2020 | Frédérique Six on the conditions for success of open norms in regulation in Toezine (in Dutch). Read more

8 Nov 2020 | Discover the story behind the TiGRE project in their new introductory video

5 Nov 2020 | Webinar series on "Trust & Regulatory Governance in an Age of Crisis" organised by the TiGRE project, with GOVTRUST contributions. More information and webinar schedule

4 Nov 2020 | De Standaard reports on citizens' increasing trust in the corona approach (Corona Study; in Dutch). Read more

4 Nov 2020 | De Tijd reports on increasing trust in the federal government (Corona Study; in Dutch). Read more

4 Nov 2020 | Patricia Popelier, Catherine Van De Heyning and colleagues propose to advise government as a legal task force in De Standaard (in Dutch). Read more

2 Nov 2020 | Patricia Popelier, Catherine Van De Heyning and colleagues call for a corona-law to back restrictions in De Standaard (in Dutch). Read more

23 Oct 2020 | New report on collaboration and innovation in the public sector: the determinants of successful cross-sectoral collaborative arrangements (in Dutch).

23 Oct 2020 | New report on collaboration and innovation in the public sector: organizational conditions and capacities underlying public innovations (in Dutch).

22 Oct 2020 | Paper on vaccination intention and trust in government and experts presented at the digital conference 'Political Trust in Crisis'. Read more

21 Oct 2020 | Patricia Popelier on the legality of corona measures in De Standaard (in Dutch). Read more

20 Oct 2020 | Patricia Popelier on a legal framework to support the corona measures in De Standaard (in Dutch). Read more

12 Oct 2020 | Wouter Van Dooren on imposing a late-night curfew in Het Parool (in Dutch). Read more

1 Oct 2020 | Interview given by Peter Bursens on Belgium's new government delays and potential implications in Euronews . Read more

25 Sep 2020 | New article by Patricia Popelier on "COVID-19 legislation in Belgium at the crossroads of a political and a health crisis". Read more

4 Sep 2020 | Paper on trust and rule compliance during the COVID-19 crisis presented at the online EGPA conference. Read more

10 Aug 2020 | Opinion piece by Patricia Popelier and Catherine Van De Heyning on corona measures and fundamental rights (in Dutch). Read more

8 Aug 2020 | New article by Frédérique Six and colleagues on "Governance as legitimacy: are ecosystems replacing networks?" in Public Management Review. Read more

7 Aug 2020 | New blog post by Frédérique Six on "How to develop youth care governance signaling trust?" for the Finnish Itla Children’s Foundation. Read more

15 Jul 2020 | Blog by Jan Boon, Jan Wynen and Koen Verhoest on the audiences that matter to public service organisations' reputation. Read more

29 Jun 2020 | Public Administration research at University of Antwerp ranked 26th (1st in Belgium) on Global Shanghai Ranking for PA 2020.

26 Jun 2020 | Koen Verhoest co-edits thematic issue of Vlaams Tijdschrift voor Overheidsmanagement on network organisation and network leadership (in Dutch). Read more

24 Jun 2020 | Wouter Van Dooren on the relationship between experts and politicians in a radio interview with VRT Radio 1's "De Wereld Vandaag" (in Dutch). Listen to the interview

22 Jun 2020 | Social and Economic Council of Flanders (SERV) refers to GOVTRUST research note on trust and COVID-19 government policies in their report compiling corona figures (in Dutch).

13 Jun 2020 | Charlotte De Backer on the reopening of bars and restaurants and eating together as a sign of trust in De Standaard "Neem de Vlaming nooit zijn bord af" (in Dutch). Read more

9 Jun 2020 | Contribution to the University of Antwerp's Coronablog "Hebben we vertrouwen in het beleid dat de coronacrisis in goede banen tracht te leiden?" (in Dutch). Read more

4 Jun 2020 | Wouter Van Dooren on the coronavirus policy in Het Laatste Nieuws "Van 'niets mag, behalve' naar 'alles mag, behalve' - De nieuwe coronafilosofie van de regering" (in Dutch). Read more

3 Jun 2020 | Updated research note on trust and COVID-19 government policies, covering three waves of the Corona Study. Read more

3 Jun 2020 | Newspaper artcile in NRC "Met het virus verdwijnt de harmonie uit België" (in Dutch). Read more

2 Jun 2020 | New project "Trust, legitimacy and intended compliance with COVID-19 exit strategy measures". Read more

2 Jun 2020 | New project "Digital (R)evolution in Belgian Federal Government" (DIGI4FED). Read more

2 Jun 2020 | New project "Trust in Governance and Regulation in Europe" (TiGRE). Read more

6 May 2020 | Newspaper article in De Standaard "Waarom een heldere communicatie zo belangrijk was" (in Dutch). Read more

6 May 2020 | Newspaper article in Het Nieuwsblad "Helft Vlamingen heeft geen vertrouwen in communicatie overheid over corona" (in Dutch). Read more

16 Apr 2020 | Contribution to the Forum of Federations: "Federalism and the COVID-19 crisis: Federalism and the COVID-19 crisis: Reflections on competences, actors and party politics in Belgium". Read more

14 Feb 2020 | Frédérique Six on the independence of inspectorates and the role of trust in NRC (in Dutch). Read more