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


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. Wouter Van Dooren 

Research interests: public administration & management; performance; performance management; performance measurement; collaboration complexity; accountability


Associated 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 (Guest Professor)

Research interests: the way public sector organizations react, or can be organized to adapt, to changing environments



Postdoctoral researchers

Dr. Petra Ahrens

Research interests: gender politics in the EU; gendered power relations in organisations; political strategies like gender mainstreaming; gender equality and social politics in Germany.

Dr. Jan Boon

Research interests: bureaucratic reputation; mediatization of bureaucracy; public sector communication

Dr. Inger De Wilde

Research interests: public administration; contractual and statutory employment; management and law; labour law and HRM; personnel management; industrial relation

PhD researchers, assistants, ...

Aelterman Sigrid



Bandilli Marsida
  (external PhD candidate)



Belli Sharon (Affiliated member)
Research interests: Interest Groups; Revolving door between government and Brussels 's lobbying profession; European Parliament; Voting and Legislative Behavior

Callens Chesney

Research interests: collaborative innovation; networks and partnerships; ICT-enabled service delivery


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

de Cock Luuk

Research interests: Political consequences of globalisation; Electoral & Party politics (with special interest in the Netherlands and the US); Politicisation of national identity

De Roover Jolijn

Research interests: Local governance; local autonomy; public financial flows; policy coordination

De Waele Lode (Affiliated member from the faculty of Business and Economics)


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

Dockx Emmanuel

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

Dorren Lars 

Research interests: decision making processes; infrastructure policy; norms and values in decision making processes


Duchatelet Dorothy

Research interests: simulations of political decision-making; active learning in higher education; motivation; self-efficacy; negotiating skills

Ekvall Asa
Research interests: gender; gender norms; masculinities; heteronormativity; patriarchal norms; violence; armed conflict

Gommers Babette 

Research interests: local government; institutional discrimination; public sector recruitment

Janssens Lieven 

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

Kleizen Bjorn

Research interests: Public management; Organizational reform; Organizational psychology; EU external relations; EU law

Kozubík Jan

Research interests: LGBT politics (on domestic and transnational/international level); human rights; social movements

Lang Florian


Langbroek Tom 

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


Murwantara Soecipto Raden (external PhD candidate)
Research interests: governance of public private partnerships; collaboration; auditing

Palinckx Sarah 

Research interests: public sector; trade unions; collective bargaining; contractual and statutory employment

Pieters Danika
Research interests: 



Redert Bastiaan
 (Affiliated member)
Research interests: interest representation; EU agencies

Sadeghi Atefeh 



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

Thijs Nick

Research interests: Experienced international Public Administration (Reform) Expert with a demonstrated history of working in international professional training, coaching, consulting and academia

Stephanie Verlinden
Research interests: Public sector innovation; Collaborative innovation; Public service-design; Public-private partnership


Van Dijk Rozemarijn
Research interests: Political representation; Gender and politics; Political parties; Candidate selection; Dutch politics


Veronica Valkovicova



Voorspoels Jolien

Research interests: gender equality in higher education


Vossen Job

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


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