Prof.dr. Arwin van Buuren

Arwin van Buuren (1980) is Professor of Public Administration and program manager of the RePolis Research Program. His research is about new forms of governance capacity, and how public, private and societal actors can effectively combine their capacities for solving complex, wicked issues. He is frequently asked to advice public agencies about issues regarding collaboration and governance. He is especially interested in design-oriented research and publishes regularly about action-oriented research approaches. He has a strong focus on knowledge valorization and bridging the gap between science and society.

Prof. dr. Jurian Edelenbos

Jurian Edelenbos (1971) is professor of Interactive Governance at the Department of Public Administration and Sociology, Erasmus University Rotterdam. He conducts research in the fields of interactive governance networks, trust-building, network management, boundary spanning, and community and civic self-organization. He combines quantitative (surveys) and qualitative research (single, multiple and comparative case study designs) and holds an applied scientific research perspective. He is also Academic Director of IHS (Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies) and is Director of the International PhD Program on Urban Governance and Development.
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Prof. dr. Victor Bekkers

Prof. dr. Victor Bekkers is professor of public administration and public policy and chairmen of the department of public administration and sociology. He coordinated between 2013 and 2016 the EU Seventh Framework program on social innovation in the public sector, called LIPSE. In this program self-organizing citizen groups are being studied as an example of co-creation in public service delivery innovation ( His research interests are focused on how and under what conditions innovation processes – also in relation to the use of ICT – are shaped in the public sector in order to develop more responsive policy and public service programs.

Dr. Ingmar van Meerkerk

Dr. Ingmar van Meerkerk (1986) is post-doctoral researcher at the Department of Public Administration and Sociology at Erasmus University Rotterdam. His research activities are focused on community self-organization and citizen initiatives, specifically in the field of urban regeneration. He uses theories on interactive governance and boundary spanning to analyze the interaction between citizen initiatives, professionals and traditional institutions of policy and politics. He focuses on the role, activities and challenges of boundary-spanners in such encounters, as well as their mutual interaction and effects on legitimacy and performance of citizen self-organization. In cooperation with IHS, he is currently working on the international research project Boundary spanning for community based urban regeneration. In analyzing citizen initiatives, he uses both quantitative survey research and qualitative comparative case study research.

Keywords of research activities / publications: Citizen Self-Organization; Citizen Participation; Boundary Spanning; Governance networks; Democratic (Throughput) Legitimacy; Network Performance

Dr. Astrid Molenveld

Astrid Molenveld is post-doctoral researcher at the Department of Public Administration of the Erasmus University Rotterdam (80%), and University of Antwerp (20%). Astrid obtained her PhD in social and political science in June 2016. In the thesis she studied the determinants explaining coordination and ‘organizational adaptation’ of cross-cutting policy programs. Her current research activities include comparative research on coordination of cross-cutting (i.e. ‘wicked’) policy issues and community self-organization.

At the moment she is involved, together with part of the Repolis team, in the BEGIN project (Interreg North Sea Region – Blue green Infrastructure through social innovation) which examines the possibilities to implement and maintain Blue and Green infrastructures through social innovation and participation of a variety of stakeholders, both public and private as well as individual citizens. Astrid has a particular interest in applying multiple research-methods in her work, like Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA), Q-methodology and statistics.

Dr. Jitske van Popering-Verkerk

Dr. Jitske van Popering-Verkerk is post-doctoral researcher in the research program RePolis at the department of Public Administration and Sociology of the Erasmus University Rotterdam. Her research focuses on collaboration in decision making and the capacities of actors to contribute to successful decision making. She is also involved as researcher and advisor in the valorization center GovernEUR and conducted several studies on complex issues in spatial planning, like water management, climate change adaptation, energy and soil. In these studies, she applies interactive and participative methods.

William Voorberg MSc

William Voorberg (1985) is a post-doctoral researcher at the department of Public Administration and Sociology of the Erasmus University Rotterdam. His current research aims at understanding co-creation between governments and citizens. In this, the focal point lies on whether co-creation can be considered as a valuable asset to public service delivery and what is needed in order to facilitate that. In collaboration with prof. dr. Arwin van Buuren, Voorberg initiated the Erasmus Governannce Design Studio. In this studio, concrete policy instruments and interventions are developed for concrete challenges within the public domain.

Malika Igalla MSc

Malika Igalla, Msc. is a PhD candidate at the department of Public Administration and Sociology and supports the Repolis program. Her PhD is about performance and durability of citizen initiatives for which she received a NWO Research Talent grant. Her focus is on how core factors, such as the attitude and support of governments, and characteristics of networks in which citizen initiatives operate, affect performance and durability of citizen initiatives. In this regard, she conducts an impact measurement for citizen initiatives and uses both qualitative and quantitative methods to carry out her research activities.

Keywords of research activities: self-organization, citizen initiatives, community initiatives, durability, performance, network structures, social capital, government support

Margot Hermus MSc

Margot Hermus is a PhD candidate at the department of Public Administration and Sociology of the Erasmus University Rotterdam. Her research is focused on the concept of ‘invitational governance’, which describes situations in which governments actively welcome citizen self-organisation and use policy frameworks and instruments to span the boundaries between governmental institutions and these self-organizing initiatives. Part of her project includes the use of design methods to co-design new instruments and strategies for invitational governance in cooperation with governmental and societal stakeholders.

Liselotte Hagen MSc

Liselotte Hagen (1991) is a PhD candidate at the Department of Public Administration and Sociology at Erasmus University. She participates in the research program Repolis and is one of the team members of the project about “Blue-green infrastructure through social innovation”. Her research focuses on the influencing factors of a sustainable co-creation relations between government and citizens and government and private organizations. As a part of her research, Liselotte works one day a week at the municipality of Dordrecht.

Steven Blok MSc

Steven Blok (1992) is a PhD candidate at the department of Public Administration and Sociology. His research is, on the one hand, focused on the question of collective action with respect to citizen initiatives. On the other hand, his research is concerned with the effect of governmental interventions on how well citizen initiatives function. He aims to find out what measures have a positive effect and what measures possibly ‘crowd out’ citizen initiatives. As a part of his research he works part time at Berenschot, a consultancy firm, on themes related to citizen initiatives and citizen participation.

Dr. Rebecca Moody

Dr. Rebecca Moody (1981) is assistant professor at the department of public administration and sociology at the Erasmus University Rotterdam. Her research focuses on the relation between technology and public policy and its core concepts. Both how technology influences policy making (outcome, process and course) as well as how public policy making affects the way technology is developed, implemented and used are researched. Her PhD research focused on the impact of geographical information systems on policy formation and agenda setting. Other research projects include: the influence of web 2.0 technologies on micro-mobilization processes and the impact on the policy process; Development a tool for social media monitoring in European urban contexts regarding the topic of integration of ethnic minorities; The influence of visual culture and visual technologies on public policy; The impact of technology on knowledge creation within non-conformist groups and the impact of big data on urban policy contexts.

José Nederhand MSc

José Nederhand, MSc (1990) is a PhD Candidate at the Department of Public Administration and Sociology at Erasmus University Rotterdam. Her research activities are focused on new forms of governance capacity in the public domain. She focusses on the question of how smart governance innovations influence the collaboration process between public, private and societal actors. José also works as a researcher at the Netherlands School of Public Administration (NSOB).

Keywords of research activities / publications: Citizen Self-Organization; PPS partnerships; Social Innovation; Governance networks; Co-Production

Dr. Mike Duijn

Mike Duijn (1966) works from November 2012 onwards as senior scientific researcher at the department of Public Administration of the Erasmus University Rotterdam. His specific experience, expertise and interest focuses on governance issues in the domains of urban and spatial planning, decentralized energy supply, subsurface, soil and water management, and climate adaptation. For these issues he makes use of qualitative and participatory research methods (workshops, scenario sessions, gaming/simulation) and he organizes and facilitates interactive policy and learning processes in the public sector. Next to his academic job, Mike also works as senior researcher/consultant in the team Environmental Planning of TNO Strategy and Policy, from 1998 onwards.

Dr. ir. Jasper Eshuis

Jasper Eshuis is assistant professor in Public Administration at Erasmus University Rotterdam. He researches self-organization in urban communities and urban regeneration initiatives. Self-organization is largely driven by enthusiasm and energy from various actors, rather than hierarchical policy making. Jasper is especially interested in the question how citizens, firms and public parties work together in more or less horizontal relationships, based on enthusiasm and appealing initiatives, and how this co-evolves with classic top-down policy making through rules and regulations. Jasper carries out quantitative research through surveys and experiments, as well as qualitative research through interviews and (participant) observations. Currently he is involved in action research in the Zomerhof-area in Rotterdam.

Prof. dr. J.F.M. Koppenjan

Joop Koppenjan is professor of public administration and senior staff member of the Netherlands Institute of Governance (NIG). He studies governance networks, public-private partnerships and innovation. Koppenjan has been involved in a large number of research projects for various public authorities. Currently he is project leader of two NWO funded research projects: Managing Complex System Disruptions (carried out by EUR and VU Amsterdam, in the context of ProRail’s ExploRail programme) and Smart governance of Public private partnerships, carried out bij the EUR and University of Twente, in collabaration with RWS, Deltares, NSOB, Rebel group, Resetmanagement and Twijnstra Gudde.

Saskia Ruijsink MSc

Saskia Ruijsink is a senior lecturer, trainer, advisor and researcher in the field of urban planning and development at the IHS (Institute for Housing and Urban Development studies). Her topics include strategic planning, participation, self-organisation and social innovation in urban planning and governance and sustainable urban development. She combines practical work in (international capacity development) projects with academic research and has experience in Europe, Africa, Latin America and Asia. She is currently a researcher in the EU funded TRANSIT project on Social Innovation ( She combines her work with her PhD research on the way people deal with chance, uncertainty and unpredictability in multi-stakeholder forms of urban planning.

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