Tilburg Center for Regional Law and Governance

Interdisciplinary research on transformations and innovations in regional law and governance aimed at understanding as well as shaping society.

Vignet Tilburg Center for Regional Law and Governance

Conferences

TiREG researchers present their work at academic conferences in the Netherlands, such as those of the Netherlands Institute of Government (NIG), and abroad, such as those of the European Consortium for Political Research and the International Society of Public Law. They also give keynote speeches at practitioner conferences on the basis of their research.

Past conferences

NIG Annual Conference in Maastricht 9-10 November 2017

On 9-10 November 2017. Martijn Groenleer, Michael Verba, Christiaan Broekman and Arlette van den Berg presented their latest research at the Annual Conference of the Netherlands Institute of Governance (NIG) in Maastricht.

Martijn Groenleer presented the first steps in the EU-funded SMILE project. In this project living labs are set up to encourage local collaboration focusing on social innovation in the energy transition. Through these labs, the project aims to contribute to the creation of energy neutral neighborhoods in the Dutch Hart van Brabant region (around Tilburg).

Michael presented a draft article titled ‘Challenges for Design Thinking in Public Administration’.

Christiaan presented his literature review, where he analyses whether proxies used for empirical research on regional institutions aptly capture a widely accepted concept for institutions, and whether recent research which makes use of these proxies tell us more about the mechanism through which institutions affect regional development.

Arlette presented a draft theoretical framework on multi-level governance capacity as a part of her PhD thesis. In the article, she explores the role of the region in multi-level governance, the organizational challenges that regional actors involved in governance arrangements face and the capacity that is required to tackle these challenges.

World Interdisciplinary Network for Institutional Research 14-17 September 2017

Christiaan Broekman – a TiREG PhD candidate – has presented his paper on “Operationalizing institutional economics for regional development” at the World Interdisciplinary Network for Institutional Research (WINIR) 2017 conference held in Utrecht (14-17 September). The theme of the conference was Institutions & Open societies, dealing with the ‘challenges and dynamics of the economic, political, legal and social institutions of our time’.

Christiaan contributed to the debate stating that regional institutions are different in nature from national institutions. In his paper he therefore analyses whether proxies used for empirical research on regional institutions aptly capture a widely accepted concept for institutions, and whether recent research which makes use of these proxies tells us more about the mechanisms through which institutions affect regional development.

International Conference at Universidade do Minho 13-14 July 2017

On 13 and 14 July 2017 the Universidade do Minho in Braga (Portugal) organized an international conference themed “The Europeanization, Regionalization and Decentralization of Small Unitary States: a Comparative Analysis”. At the conference, Martijn Groenleer presented a paper co-authored by Frank Hendriks on the effects of decentralization and regionalization on Dutch state organization. In light of the , the paper deals with the changing role of regions and the different ways they respond to decentralization and Europeanisation being part a decentralized unitary state.

Regulatory Governance Conference from 5 to 8 July 2016

The Standing Group on Regulatory Governance of the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR) will hold its Sixth Biennial Conference, organized by Tilburg University, the Netherlands, from July 6 to 8, 2016. Several TiREG researchers are involved, including Johan Wolswinkel, Carlo Colombo, Philip Paiement, Sofia Ranchordas, Anne Meuwese and Martijn Groenleer.

The 2016 Biennial Conference will include a panel on ‘Regulatory Innovation From the Bottom Up: The Role of Local and Regional Actors, Networks and Institutions in Tackling Wicked Societal Issues’, organized by Carlo Colombo and chaired by Martijn Groenleer.

The Biennial Conference is the leading interdisciplinary conference on regulation and regulatory governance held in Europe, attracting researchers from all over the globe working in a wide range of disciplines including political science, law, business, sociology, economics, public administration, and other related disciplines.

Carlo Colombo presents papers at conference on ‘Borders, Otherness and Public Law’

Dr. Carlo Colombo, a postdoctoral researcher at TiREG, presented two papers during the annual conference of the International Society of Public Law. The conference, themed ‘Borders, Otherness and Public Law' was organized at Humboldt University Berlin, from 17 to 19 June. Attended by over 700 scholars and practitioners from all over the world, the conference is one of the most renowned conferences in the field of public law.

In his paper on ‘Sustainable urban development and new frontiers for local governance’, Colombo elaborated on how the current trend towards sustainable urban development is affecting the classic categories of public law. He also presented a paper on ‘Hybrid local governance and the crumbling public/private divide’.

Martijn Groenleer speaks at European Parliament hearing on the implementation of the EU’s cohesion policy

On 7 April 2016, Prof.dr. Martijn Groenleer was one of the speakers at a hearing organized by the European People’s Party in the European Parliament in Brussels. During the hearing the problems regarding the implementation of the cohesion policy and the risks of decommitment of funds were discussed. In addition, the possibility for flexibility of the regulation and ways to achieve results and timely implementation were explored.

In his intervention, Groenleer talked about the difficulties of multi-level implementation processes and results based management in the EU. He also made recommendations about how – through what governance – the implementation of cohesion policy can be accelerated, and progress can be made in achieving its goals. He also outlined future perspectives for the EU’s cohesion policy.