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L.J. (Laurens) de Graaf


Assistant Professor

Tilburg Law School
Tilburg School of Politics and Public Administration

 

Expertise

dr. Laurens de Graaf (1977) studied Public Administration at the Radboud University in Nijmegen (The Netherlands) and defended his PhD at Utrecht School of Governance, Utrecht University in May 2007. Since May 2006 he is working as an assistant professor at the Tilburg School of Politics and Public Administration, Tilburg University. His current research is about participatory policymaking, support, exemplary practitioners, do democracy, neighbourhood governance, local democracy, urban governance. He is a senior lecturer in several undergraduate and graduate courses. He is often asked to speak on conferences and seminars to give lectures and moderate workshops and trainings with people in the field.

Key words

News items

  • Blog
    I was asked to write a blog about the effect of citizen participation on the quality of local democracy. It is based on a article I wrote together with dr. Ank Michels in Local Government Studies. 
  • member Editorial Board Local Governmetnt Studies
    I am happy that I became a member of the Editoral Board of Local Government Studies.
  • Book on Exemplary Practitioners published
     We recently presented our book on Exemplary practtioners in deprived urban areas. The book is in Dutch, but we are working on several international articles about it. 

Publications

Principal publications
  • G. van den Brink, M. van Hulst, L. de Graaf en T. van der Pennen (2012). Best Persons en hun betekenis voor de Nederlandse achterstandswijk, Boom Lemma: Den Haag.
  • Michels, A.M.B. and L.J. de Graaf (2010). Examining Citizen Participation: Local Participatory Policy Making and Democracy, Local Government Studies, vol 36, No.4, 477-491.
  • Hulst, M.J. van, Graaf, L.J. de, & Brink, G.J.M. van den (2011). Exemplary practitioners: A review of actors who make a difference in governing. Administrative Theory & Praxis, 33(1), 120-142.
  • Graaf, L.J. de (2007) (diss.), Gedragen beleid. Een bestuurskundig onderzoek naar interactief beleid en draagvlak in de stad Utrecht. p. 236, Eburon, Delft.
  • Graaf, L.J. de, J.J.C. van Ostaaijen en P.M.A. Hendrikx (2011), Hoe CLEAR zijn participatienota's? Bestuurswetenschappen, 65(3), 64-72.

Click here for the extended list of publications PDF

 

Education

PHD in Public Administration

On the 10th May 2007 Laurens de Graaf succesfully defended his Ph.D. thesis at Utrecht School of Governance, Utrecht University, The Netherlands. It was titled:

Graaf, L.J. de (2007), Stakeholder Support in Participatory Policymaking. The study has been published in Dutch at Eburon Academic publishers.

dr. de Graaf was supervised by prof. dr. Mark Bovens, prof. dr. Tejo Spit and dr. Gerrit Hagelstein.

MA in Public Administration

He did a master in Public Administration and Public Policy at the Radboud University Nijmegen (1998-2001).

Publications

Principal publications
  • G. van den Brink, M. van Hulst, L. de Graaf en T. van der Pennen (2012). Best Persons en hun betekenis voor de Nederlandse achterstandswijk, Boom Lemma: Den Haag.
  • Michels, A.M.B. and L.J. de Graaf (2010). Examining Citizen Participation: Local Participatory Policy Making and Democracy, Local Government Studies, vol 36, No.4, 477-491.
  • Hulst, M.J. van, Graaf, L.J. de, & Brink, G.J.M. van den (2011). Exemplary practitioners: A review of actors who make a difference in governing. Administrative Theory & Praxis, 33(1), 120-142.
  • Graaf, L.J. de (2007) (diss.), Gedragen beleid. Een bestuurskundig onderzoek naar interactief beleid en draagvlak in de stad Utrecht. p. 236, Eburon, Delft.
  • Graaf, L.J. de, J.J.C. van Ostaaijen en P.M.A. Hendrikx (2011), Hoe CLEAR zijn participatienota's? Bestuurswetenschappen, 65(3), 64-72.

Click here for the extended list of publications PDF

Direct and indirect funding

Key words in his research are: participatory policymaking, support, local democracy, urban governance, exemplary practitioners, neighbourhood governance.

External accreditation

In 2010, 2012 and 2013 students awarded my with the best Lecturer Award in Public Administration of Tilburg Law School.

Research supervision

Since Fabruary 2013 I am the daily supervisor of Koen van der Krieken MA MSc who is conducting a PhD research project on local referendums in The Netherlands.

 

Teaching

dr. Laurens de Graaf is coordinator and lecturer in the undergraduate course: Introduction in Public Policy (first year bachelors).

dr. Laurens de Graaf is coordinator and lecturer in the course: European Governance (second year bachelors).

dr. Laurens de Graaf is coordinator and lecturer in the course Public Policy Analysis (third year bachelors).

dr. Laurens de Graaf is lecturer in the course: Writing your bachelor thesis (third year bachelors).

He also supervises several undergaduate and graduate theses (third year bachelors and masters).


L.J. (Laurens) de Graaf teaches the following subjects:

Other activities

dr. Laurens de Graaf is member of the Editorial Board of Local Government Studies.

dr. Laurens de Graaf is member of the jury of the national masterthesis award (H.A. Brasz Thesis Award) of the Dutch Association of Public Administration.

dr. Laurens de Graaf is student coach in the Outreaching Honors Program of Tilburg University. He is coaching 10 international top students. More information on this program: http://www.tilburguniversity.edu/students/broaden/outreaching/

dr. Laurens de Graaf is member of the Local Court of Auditors of Gorinchem city. This court supports the control function of the city council. It conducts indepent (and politcally relevant) research for the city council.

dr. Laurens de Graaf was organizer (and co-chair; together with Merlijn van Hulst and Tamara Metze) of the 7th Interpretive Policy Analysis conference, which was held on 4-7 July 2012 at Tilburg University. More than 300 colleagues from all continents participated. More information can be found at the conference website: www.ipa2012.org.

dr. Laurens de Graaf was visiting fellow at the Norwegian Institute for Urban and Regional Research (NIBR) in june 2010.

dr. Laurens de Graaf was a member of the Executive Board of the Tilburg School of Politics and Public Administration from May 2006 until December 2010. He was manager of internal affairs (finance, personnel, strategy) and research coordinator.

Contact details
Room M 736
PO Box 90153
5000 LE Tilburg 
Phone+31 13 466 8136
Secretary+31 13 466 2128
Fax +31 13 466 3143
Email l.j.degraaf@tilburguniversity.edu

Assistant Professor
Tilburg Law School
Tilburg School of Politics and Public Administration

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Last amended: 12 March 2014

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