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. Hans Bruyninckx
Research interests: environmental governance, European and international environmental policy, the effects of globalisation on the management of environmental issues, sustainable development

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. emeritus 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. 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. Marijn Hoijtink
Research interests: digitalisation, security and military technology

Prof. dr. Bernardo Rangoni
Research interests: public policy, political economy, regulatory governance

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

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

Prof. dr. Dominika Latusek-Jurczak
Research interests: management practices in interorganizational relations, the theory of social networks, and trust​

Part-time and Guest professors

Prof. dr. Eric Fabri
Research interests: Political Theory, Distributive Justice, Inheritance Taxation, Justice in Transfers, Environmental Philosophy, Political Economy and Republicanism, Economic philosophy, the Right of Private Property, Theories of Democracy, John Locke, Cornelius Castoriadis, Utopianism

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

Prof. dr. Heleen Touquet
Research interests: gender and conflict, masculinities, conflict-related sexual violence, nationalism, transitional justice, Southeastern Europe

Prof. dr. Davide Vittori
Research interests: public opinion, voting behaviour, political parties, candidate selections, primaries, populism, technocracy, European political systems, democracy, democratization, platform politics

Postdoctoral Researchers

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

Dr. Andreas Corcaci
Research interests: Multilevel (Judicial) Governance, Policy Implementation, Environmental, Energy, and Climate Policy, Concept Structures and Set Theoretic Multi-Method Research (SMMR)

Dr. Susana Duarte Coroado
Research interests: good governance; non-majoritarian institutions; corruption; regulatory capture; lobbying; comparative politics

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

Dr. Lise Frehen
Research interests: evidence-based policymaking; Better Regulation; goal-based regulation; stakeholder inclusion; policy formulation; impact assessment

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. Christoph Niessens
Research interests: multi-level governance; deliberative citizen participation; sub-state autonomy

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. Bernardo Rangoni
Research interests: public policy, political economy, regulatory governance

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

Senior Researcher

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


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

Jakob Frateur
Research interests: democratic legitimacy of multi-level political systems; Political Trust; Multilevel Governance; (Belgian) Federal System(s); Crisis governance

Belén Garcia-Guisasola
Research interests: e-governance; goal-based regulation; environmental and welfare sector

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

Cato Janssen
Research interests: Crisis governance; participation and collaboration; societal resilience; ethnographic filmmaking; creative methods 

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

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

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

Chiara Russo
Research interests: regulatory governance; expert knowledge and policy-making; crisis management; EU institutions and accountability

Frederik Stevens
Research interests: Interest Groups, Lobbying, European Public Policy, Agenda-Setting, climate and environmental politics

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

Amber van Heerebeek
Research interests: regulatory governance; stakeholder involvement; democratic legitimacy; compliance; trust and regulation

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

Willems Cassandra
Research interests: regulatory governance; public administration; interest group politics; trust and regulation; policy design

Affiliated members

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

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

Lode De Waele
Research interests:

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

Sigrid Aelterman

Clara Affun-Adegbulu

Ekval Asa

Marsida Bandilli

Jan Boon

Laura Cleton

Emmanuel Dockx

Monika Glavina

Camilo Ignacio Gonzalez

Astrid Molenveld

Giuseppe Montalbano

Raden Murwantara

Coline Rondiat

Ana Paula Salej Gomes

Lucía Verónica Sánchez Varas

Veronika Valkovicová

Job Vossen​

Former members

Aerts Elisabeth
Aerts Sophie
Ahrens Petra
Amin Nurul
Baller Inger

Baller Wilhelmina Gerry
Carbajal Reyes Rosa Sunen
Debusscher Petra
De Azevedo Domingues Antonio Sergio
De Caluwé Chiara

de Cock Luuk
De Roover Jolijn
Dejaeghere Yves
Delafortry Anita
Dierckx Myrte

Dorothy Duchatelet
Dorren Lars
Echelpoels Hans
Emery Laura
Gillis Kristien

Gommers Babette
Hoffmann Cornelia
Hueskes Marlies
Husain Syed Omer
Huysentruyt Heleen

Kempeneer Shirley
Kozubík Jan
Lambrechts Bart
Lang Florian 
Lievens Kim

Liu Xuanhui
Maggetti Martino
Montalbano Giuseppe
Motmans Joz
Nicotina Alberto

Op De Beeck Liesbeth
Palinckx Sarah
Peeters Nele
Rys Sabine
Sadeghi Atefeh

Schram Frankie
Seale Wesley
Sempiga Olivier
Sevenans Annick
Severs Eline

Sliwa Sandra
Song Seunghyn
Stevens Vidar
Thijs Nick
Valkeneers Rob

Vandeleene Audrey
Vandergraesen Joachim
Vanhoutte Lieselot
van den Hurk Martijn
Van den Langenbergh

Van den Putte Lore
Van Hellemont Carine
Van Praet Marc
Van Tilborg Robbert
Van Wymeersch Jana

Voorspoels Jolien
Wauters Benedict
Willems Evelien
Willems Tom
Wolf Eva