Current members

The contact details and main research interests of the members of Politics & Public Governance are listed below. You can find more information on each member's specific research interest, projects and academic bibliography on their personal page.


Prof. dr. Koen Verhoest (spokesperson)
Research interests: public administration & management; organization and governance of public tasks; with a special focus onautonomy and control of agencies; regulation of liberalized markets;  public private partnerships; coordination of wicked issues

Prof. dr. Peter Bursens
Research interests: European decision-making; Europeanization; federalism; democratic legitimacy of multi-level political systems; skills teaching in political science

Prof. dr. Ria Janvier
Research interests: public administration & management; working conditions; public sector; labor unions; HR management; psychological contract; diversity management; workforce; administrative law

Prof. dr. Petra Meier
Research interests: political representation; equality policies; gender issues: social groups; the reproduction of inequality; discursive approaches to the study of normativity in policies; ethnofederations

Prof. dr. Frédérique Six
Research interests: trust and distrust in public governance; trust and regulation; trust and control; trust-based governance​

Prof. dr. Wouter Van Dooren
Research interests: public administration & management; performance; performance management; performance measurement; collaboration complexity; accountability

Affiliated professors

Prof. dr. Dirk De Bièvre
Research interests: international cooperation and trade policies; trade policy of the EU, USA, Canada and China; transatlantic relations; World Trade Organization (WTO); interest groups in the EU; European Banking Union; German politics

Prof. dr. Jan Wynen
Research interests: the way public sector organisations react, or can be organised to adapt, to changing environments

Guest professors

Prof. dr. Bjorn Kleizen
Research interests: public management, citizen-government encounters, trust in government, digitalisation in government, organisational reform, organisational psychology, EU external relations, EU law

Prof. dr. Maja Sahadzic
Research interests: multilevel governance, dynamic legitimacy, dynamic stability, asymmetries, “post” systems, alternative conflict solutions, constitutionalism under extreme measures, authoritarianism, constitutional values and principles, fundamental rights

Postdoctoral Researchers

Dr. Chesney Callens​​
Research interests: collaborative innovation; networks and partnerships; ICT-enabled service delivery

Dr. Inger De Wilde
Research interests: public administration; contractual and statutory employment; management and law; labour law and HRM; personnel management; industrial relation

Dr. Elena Escalante Block
Research interests: European politics; politicization, depoliticization; the EU’s democratic legitimacy; competition policy; EU trade agreements

Dr. Rik Joosen
Research interests: Regulatory governance; bureaucratic politics; stakeholder engagement; EU administration; multilevel governance

Dr. Bjorn Kleizen
Research interests: public management, citizen-government encounters, trust in government, digitalisation in government, organisational reform, organisational psychology, EU external relations, EU law

Dr. Sophie Op de Beeck
Research interests: public administration & management; trust in multi-level governance; public personnel administration; HRM implementation

Dr. Dominika Proszowska
Research interests: vaccine hesitancy; political trust; trust in multi-level governance; political attitudes; EU attitudes; EU legitimacy

Dr. Bastiaan Redert
Research interests: interest representation; European decision-making; democratic legitimacy of political systems; trust and regulation; LGBTQ+ interest groups


Laura Cleton
Research interests: EU policy making; mutli-level governance; migration and refugee studies; return migration policies; gender and intersectionality and family migration​

Simon Demuynck
Research interests: public administration; alternative financing mechanisms; accountability; agency theory; nature-based solutions 

Lisa De Roeck
Research interests: policy making and productive conflict; participation; urban planning; theatre-based methods

Steven De Vadder
Research interests: municipal amalgamations; performance-satisfaction gap; social media communication by public sector organisations; automated text analysis

Emmanuel ​Dockx
Research interests: public administration; coordination of wicked policy issues; organizational reform; local government; e-government and citizen participation

Jakob Frateur
Research interests: federalism; political representation; democratic legitimacy of multi-level political systems; relationship between democracy and federalism

Erasmus Häggblom
Research interests: Welfare state politics; education and health policy; public service provision; interactions between civil society and armed forces; citizen engagement with national defence; social data science

Lieven Janssens​
Research interests: local government; local governance; organization and governance of local government; public service delivery; local policy

Lea Kleinsorg
​Research interests: gender based violence; female genital mutilation; othering; discourse research; regional focus: West Africa (especially The Gambia); fragile statehood

Tom Langbroek​
Research interests: innovation; collaboration; coordination; metagovernance; network management​

Danika Pieters​
Research interests: public management; organizational reform; organizational psychology; job satisfaction

Frederik Stevens
Research interests: interest group influence and mobilisation strategies in the European Union; EU policy-making; Brexit

Rozemarijn van Dijk
​Research interests: political representation; gender and politics; political parties; candidate selection; dutch politics

Rylan Verlooy
Research interests: anti-gender movement; transgender studies; intersectionality; feminisms; sexuality

Job Vossen​
Research interests: Morality; emotions; rhetoric; culture and ethnocentrism; populism; solidarity; gender

Affiliated members

Sharon Belli
Research interests: interest groups; revolving door between government and Brussels 's lobbying profession; European Parliament; voting and legislative behavior

Stephanie Verlinden​
Research interests: public sector innovation; collaborative innovation; public service-design; public-private partnership

Dries Van Doninck
Research interests: Organizational psychology; leadership; organizational reform; stress and coping

Voluntary members

Ana Paula Salej Gomes

Rosa Sunen Carbajal Reyes

Sigrid Aelterman

Sophie Aerts

Clara Affun-Adegbulu

Marsida Bandilli

Jan Boon

Lode De Waele

Camilo Ignacio Gonzalez

Florian Lang 

Astrid Molenveld

Raden Murwantara

Atefeh Sadeghi 

Veronika Valkovicová

Former members

Aerts Elisabeth
Ahrens Petra
Babette Gommers​
Baller Inger
De Azevedo Domingues Antonio Sergio
De Caluwé Chiara
De Roover Jolijn
Dejaeghere Yves
Delafortry Anita
Dierckx Myrte
Dorothy Duchatelet
Dorren Lars
Echelpoels Hans
Ekval Asa
Emery Laura
Fabri Eric
Gillis Kristien
Glavina Monika
Hoffmann Cornelia
Hueskes Marlies
Husain Syed Omer
Huysentruyt Heleen
Kempeneer Shirley
Kozubík Jan
Lievens Kim
Liu Xuanhui
Montalbano Giuseppe
Motmans Joz
Nicotina Alberto
Op De Beeck Liesbeth
Palinckx Sarah
Peeters Nele
Rys Sabine
Schram Frankie
Seale Wesley
Sevenans Annick
Severs Eline
Sliwa Sandra
Song Seunghyn
Thijs Nick
Touqet Heleen
Valkeneers Rob
van den Hurk Martijn
Van den Langenbergh Kim
Vandergraesen Joachim
Vanhoutte Lieselot
Van Praet Marc
Van Tilborg Robbert
Van Wymeersch Jana
Vittori Davide
Wauters Benedict
Willems Evelien
Wolf Eva