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Shirley Kempeneer wins Van Poelje Best Public Administration Dissertation Award

Published: 29th October 2020 Last updated: 30th October 2020

Dr. Shirley Kempeneer of Tilburg Law School has won the 2019 Van Poelje Best Public Administration Dissertation Award for her dissertation Breaking the Bank. On Thursday, October 29, 2020, President of the Executive Board and soon-to-be-installed Rector Magnificus of Tilburg University Professor Wim van de Donk presented the award to her.

Four dissertations had been nominated:

  • Joram Feitsma (Utrecht University) - Inside the behavioural state.
  • Shirley Kempeneer (Tilburg University) - Breaking the bank. The regulatory implications of knowledge production through indicators (defended at University of Antwerp).
  • Tom Overmans (Utrecht University) - The austerity paradox. How municipalities (can) innovatively cope with fiscal stress.
  • Tine van Thielen (Ghent University) - Performance management in policing. Context, process and outcomes.
Uitreiking Van Poelje Award

Click here for the 2019 Van Poelje Award jury report

Presentation by Professor Wim van de Donk

The track record of the presenter of the award, Professor Wim van de Donk, added to the occasion. The newly appointed President of the Executive Board of Tilburg University (as well as its soon-to-be-installed Rector Magnificus) is a former Vice-Chair of the Association for Public Administration and himself a winner of the Van Poelje Award.