I am a Professor of Public Governance at the Department of Public Law and Governance, Academic Director of the Tilburg Center for Regional Law and Governance (TiREG), and Program Director of the MSc in Public Governance, all at Tilburg University. I am also a Research Fellow at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government. I studied public administration and received my doctorate (cum laude) from Leiden University. From 2007 to 2015, I was an Assistant and Associate Professor at the Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management, Delft University of Technology. I was also a Fulbright-Schuman Research Fellow at Harvard University and a Visiting Professor at the London School of Economics and Political Science. In 2012, I was awarded a prestigious NWO Veni grant aimed at analysis as well as design of multi-actor and multilevel regulation and governance. In recent years, the region - in its various sizes and shapes - is increasingly at the heart of my research.


Over the years, I have developed a broad expertise in public regulation and multilevel governance. I started my career studying international institutions, such as the International Criminal Court, whilst also being employed with the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs. I subsequently wrote a PhD about European governance, particularly EU agencies, their institutional development, autonomy and legitimacy. Currently, I am focusing on new forms of urban and regional governance and variation in the effectiveness thereof between and within regions and across problem areas, including organized crime, energy transition and economic development. My research is published in top tier journals such as Public Administration Review, Regulation and Governance, Public Management Review, Regional and Federal Studies, and Sustainability. Together with Maurits Waardenburg and Jorrit de Jong, I won PAR's 2018 Chester Newland Award for a paper on evidence in public administration.


At Tilburg University, I teach in the Public Administration bachelor and the master programmes and supervise several master and PhD students. I am also active in a number of executive education programmes including those of the Management Development Bureau (ABD) for higher civil servants in the Netherlands, the Netherlands School of Public Administration (NSOB), and the European Institute of Public Administration (EIPA). Topics on which I teach include public decision making, policy implementation, regulatory supervision and enforcement, performance measurement, strategic public management, local and regional governance, European governance, and multilevel governance.



I am closely collaborating with other scholars, companies and governments - in the region, the Netherlands and internationally. For example, I am one of the coordinators of the Organized Crime Field Lab (OCFL), in which I collaborate with among others the National Police, the Public Prosecutors Office, the tax office, local and regional governments, and private parties, as well as with Harvard University. I am also involved in an NWO cross-over project on large scale energy storage (RELEASE), in which technological innovation is combined with innovations in governance. Together with Utrecht University and others, I am currently co-leading a project in which we monitor - in real time - the governance of the Region Deals that have recently been negotiated by the central government and various regions in the Netherlands.

Recent publications

  1. Urban constitutionalism and the rule of law - Historical perspectives…

    Adams, M., De ruysscher, D., Groenleer, M., Leenknegt, G-J., & van der Schyff, G. (2023). Urban constitutionalism and the rule of law: Historical perspectives and contemporary challenges. Hague journal on the rule of law, 1-8. Advance online publication.
  2. Concluding LONGA VIA: Legal and organisational aspects that influence…

    Aben, T., Espinosa Apráez, B., Lavrijssen, S., Akkermans, H., Groenleer, M., & van der Valk, W. (2021). Concluding LONGA VIA: Legal and organisational aspects that influence data-driven innovations in infrastructure management. Abstract from ISNGI conference, Rotterdam, Netherlands.
  3. How domestic legal systems respond to international local government …

    Colombo, C. M., & Groenleer, M. L. P. (Accepted/In press). How domestic legal systems respond to international local government law: Between accommodation, resistance and transformation. In H. Aust, & J. Nijman (Eds.), Research handbook on international law and cities (pp. 1-25). Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd..
  4. Plus ça change…? - How the COVID-19 crisis may lead to a revaluation …

    Groenleer, M., & Bertram, D. (2021). Plus ça change…? How the COVID-19 crisis may lead to a revaluation of the local. In E. Aarts, H. Fleuren, M. Sitskoorn, & T. Wilthagen (Eds.), The new common (pp. 91-97). Springer International Publishing.
  5. Retrofitting at scale - Comparing transition experiments in Scotland …

    Hofman, P., Wade, F., Webb, J., & Groenleer, M. (2021). Retrofitting at scale: Comparing transition experiments in Scotland and the Netherlands. Buildings and Cities, 2(1), 637-654.

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