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dr. L.J. (Laurens) de Graaf

Assistant Professor�

Tilburg Law School
Tilburg School of Politics and Public Administration


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, active citizenship, 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.


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.
  • Awarded as Best Teacher
    I am very happy that students awarded me with the best teacher award in public administration 2014. Thanks to all students who voted on me!
  • 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. 

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., M.J. van Hulst en A.M.B. Michels (2015), Enhancing Participation in Dutch Disadvantaged Neighbourhoods, Local Government Studies.
  • 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.

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Last amended: 22 August 2014