PhD researcher: Collaboration in public administration and individual behaviours

KU Leuven
April 19 2017
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type

For the Public Governance Institute we are looking for a This project is part of a large European research consortium in which 12 other European universities participate. It is funded through the European Union´s Horizon 2020 programme. The Public Governance Institute at KU Leuven (Faculty of Social Sciences) is responsible for a part of this project.

The KU Leuven Public Governance Institute conducts research into different aspects of public governance from a public administration and political science perspective. The results of our research are of value in higher and continuing education, in public organizations, and for society in general.

This project will study what drives civil servants´ willingness, incentives  and ability to collaborate with other actors in processes of policy design and service delivery. It will do so through surveys and vignette experiments in several countries.

Public sector organisations increasingly collaborate with other actors. Internally, they collaborate with other public sector organisations to deal with policy and service delivery issues that cut across the boundaries of individual organisations. Externally, they collaborate with citizen groups, non-profits and private parties to make policy and deliver services. Examples are participative policy making, public-private partnerships, radicalization task forces, or public service delivery through NGOs.

For civil servants used to work within their own organisation, and trained in a legal tradition that mainly warned against such cross-sector collaborations,this can be difficult. Being in charge of large networks of public and  non-public actors who collaborate on social and policy issues requires a different set of skills and attitudes.

Specific tasks are

- Preparing a PhD at the Public Governance Institute under the supervision of Professor Steven Van de Walle;

- Liaising with public sector organisations for data collection purposes;

- Designing the research, collecting and analysing data, and communicating about the findings;

- Participating in the international research consortium and representing KU Leuven at the meetings of this consortium;

- Participating in the international research community and presenting results at conferences;

- Communicating about findings to the broader public and to public sector organisations;

- Writing papers to be submitted to peer-reviewed journals;

- Occasionalinvolvement in teaching activities including supervision of exams, and masterthesis coaching.

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