Rinus van Schendelen (1944) studied at University of Amsterdam, is full professor in political science at Erasmus University Rotterdam since 1980 and is emeritus professor since 2005. He was visiting professor in North America, China, Middle East, Europe.
His research activities and interests lie mainly in the fields of the European Union, politics-business relationships, business lobbying, public affairs (PA) management, parliamentology, Dutch politics, and mass-elite relationship.
His academic activities include editorial board member of German Zeitschrift für Parlamentsfragen, International Review on Comparative Public Policy, Journal of Legislative Studies and Journal of Public Affairs. Furthermore, he was founding chairman of the Research Committee of the European Centre for Public Affairs, Oxford and also member of various research networks (IPSA, ECPR, ECPA and others).
His professional activities are mainly in the field of training, consultancy, mediation and research in the field of Public Affairs Management and Lobbying at the European Union (EU) level, at the request of companies (SMEs and MNCs), trade associations, NGOs, political parties, parliaments, decentralised governments and national ministries, most based in EU countries and the others in North-America, Asia and Africa. He is co-founder of all four Dutch ‘King William’ circles of PA practitioners.