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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. Since February 2014, he is a member of the Executive Board of the school.


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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: 04 January 2016