Joëlle van der Meer is a PhD candidate at the department of Public Administration and Sociology at Erasmus University. Her research focuses on the relation between democratic innovation and the craft of civil servants. Within this research project, she aims to study the effects of the shift towards governance and its consequences for the competences of civil servants. Moreover, she investigates how public organizations can influence the development of civil servants and what the effects are for the individual, the organization and society. As part of her research, she works one day a week at the municipality of Rotterdam.