Mission Statement – Public Administration Research Group, Erasmus University Rotterdam

The Public Administration Research Group at Erasmus University Rotterdam develops scientific knowledge on how to address complex public issues and increase government performance through public management, governance and policy. We design strategies and interventions to deal with public issues on the basis of rigorous and innovative scientific methods. Additionally, we develop and share our knowledge in strong interaction with the broader academic community, our students, policymakers and other practitioners. Our research has strong connections with the city of Rotterdam and anchors in local, regional, national and international levels of governance. We strive to create a collaborative, diverse and committed community of scholars, who are world leading and innovative in public management, governance and policy research concerning both theory and method. In this regard, our research combines multi-disciplinary and multi-method approaches.

We are one of the biggest, diverse and productive research groups in public administration in the world, as exemplified by our #1 position in the worldwide Shanghai ranking for Public Administration in 2018. Our international publications, citations, and association positions offer us a unique position in the public administration research community. We publish innovative, agenda-setting and high-quality academic articles and books.

Recent examples of our publication

Mix and Match: How Contractual and Relational Conditions Are Combined in Successful Public–Private Partnerships by Rianne Warsen, Erik Hans Klijn and Joop Koppenjan

Relational job characteristics and job satisfaction of public sector employees: When prosocial motivation and red tape collide by Bram Steijn and Joris van der Voet

Critical Reflections on Interactive Governance Self-organization and Participation in Public Governance by Jurian Edelenbos and Ingmar van Meerkerk


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Societal Impact

Simultaneously, we produce and disseminate knowledge to address public issues and engage in processes of co-creation and co-design in order to maximize our societal impact. An example is our EU Interreg project BEGIN with partnerships from six European counties on resilient and liveable cities. Other examples are the Repolis project on citizen initiatives, and the Imiscoe programme on can be found on international migration and integration. See

Due to our collaboration with sociology, public administration research at Erasmus University Rotterdam builds on a thorough sociological understanding of public issues with the aim of designing adequate public management, governance and policy solutions. Our service lies towards the public administration research community, public organizations, managers and policymakers at all levels of government, as well as students and civil society.


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To achieve our overall goal, we develop a range of valorization activities and encourage staff to enhance their societal impact. For example our staff are closely involved in three Rotterdam urban knowledge labs, one on Urban Labour Markets, one on Vital Communities and one on Organisations in the Smart City

We also collaboratively apply for fundamental and applied research funding from both academic and professional bodies. An example is the funding that two of our faculty members received from the Dutch Research Council (NWO) Programme on Smart Urban Regions of the Future.


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Finally, we stimulate collaboration, teamwork, as well as communication within our own public administration research group and beyond.

Multiple staff members participate in the Erasmus Initiative Vital Cities and Citizens, a multidisciplinary research programme initiated by the Erasmus University Rotterdam.

These activities are conducted with respect for scientific rigor and independence – including reliability, validity, and integrity – and with a keen eye for societal relevance and teaching. We want our research to be inspirational for our staff and stakeholders, and driven by curiosity and courage. Behavior in our research group is thus driven by integrity and ethical soundness, responsibility, an open mind for colleagues and stakeholders, and openness concerning data and results.


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