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dr. M.J. (Merlijn) van Hulst

Associate Professor 

Tilburg Law School
Public Law & Governance


My research focuses on work practices and cultures in the public domain. More in particular, I have investigated storytelling in local governance/planning (book 'Town Hall Tales', article in Planning Theory) and at the police (article in British Journal of Criminology and book 'Politieverhalen'). I have also looked at processes of framing (article in The American Review of Public Administration). The work practices of 'People who make a difference' (exemplary practitioners) is an ongoing research project and have been the topic of a range of papers (articles in Administrative Theory & Praxis, Critical Policy Studies, Bestuurswetenschappen, Local Government Studies, Public Administration Review) and a book (in Dutch). New projects I am involved in are about smart urban intermediaries (international) and public servant's craftmanship. Finally, I have written about research practices (Sage volumes), ethnography in particular (mainly book chapters and an article in Critical Policy Studies). A new article on storytelling will be published early 2019 in Organization Studies. If you are interested in publications on these topics, but have no access to them, please send me an email: 


Merlijn van Hulst's general interest is in working practices and cultures in the public domain. He specializes in narrative analysis. He has been involved in a variety of research projects that focus on local governance and has also studied practitioners in urban neighbourhoods. In addition, he studies the Dutch police force.


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Last amended: 18 January 2019