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Internationalisation has always been a main goal of the Institute. The visibility of KU Leuven in the realm of international public administration is reflected in the management functions that many of our academic staff perform in international organisations, their active input in international networks and conferences, as well as international recognition through the awarding of numerous scientific prices.

Management functions

Prof. dr. Geert Bouckaert: president of the International Institute of Administrative sciences (IIAS) and Member of the United Nations Committee of Experts on Public Administration (UN CEPA)
Prof. dr. Marleen Brans: Vice-Presient of the International Public Policy Association (IPPA) en President of the Accreditation Committee of the European Association for Public Administration Accreditation (EAPAA).
Prof. dr. Joep Crompvoets: Secretary-General of the European Spatial Data Research Network (EuroSDR)
Prof. dr. Trui Steen: Co-President of the  IIAS study group "Co-production of public services


International networks and conferences

Besides speeches, lectures and research paper presentations at international conferences by our academic staff, the Institute also plays a significant and active role in the following international associations: 


International conferences

  • Trui Steen was co-chair of the IIAS Study Group on Co-production of Public Services Meeting in Washington DC, June 2017, together with the local organizer Tina Nabatchi from Syracuse University.

  • In March 2017 the Public Governance Institute organized the concluding conference of the COST Action IS1207 'Local Public Sector Reforms'. 
  • In May 2016 prof. Trui Steen organized the NIG het colloquium: 'coproduction and vulnerable groups/poverty reduction'. 
  • In 2014 The Public Governance Institute organized the academic international conference ‘The public sector of the future: governing public services in times of crisis and reform. Concluding COCOPS conference’. This conference took place in Leuven in June 2014.
  • For the IAP-project ‘Justice & Population’ the Public Governance Institute, in collaboration with the UCL, ULg, Namur & Cesdip, organized the international conference ‘Modernization of the criminal justice chain’ in October 2014 in Brussels. With about 120 participants from different countries. 

VLIR-UOS & iro

In 2013 the Public Governance Institute started working on projects with university development cooperation. This allows foreign PhD candidates to receive a scholarship to study at the University of Leuven.

The first PhD student Peter Ngala who, supervised by prof. Annie Hondeghem and prof. Zana Etambala, worked on his PhD on ‘The role of the civil society in the decentralization process’. His PhD was defended on June 6 20107.

In 2014 3 Ethiopean PhD-students started their PhD on resp. performance management (Bacha Kebede Debela), leadership (Adare Assefa Mitiku), en multi-level governance (Hiwot Amare Tadessa).

In 2016 Abiha Zahra started a PhD on performance management en agencies in Pakistan.

In 2016 Aneeqa Suhail starts her PhD-project on "HRM decentralization in the public health sector in Pakistan: Increased efficiency or a myth adopted?


The KU Leuven Public Governance Institute is active, as partner and coordinator, in several H2020 projects:

H2020 - Centre for Exellence in Territorial management and Cadastre (CENTRIC)
H2020 - Empowering Citizens to Transform European Public Administrations (CITADEL)
H2020 - Geospatial technology innovations for land tenure security in East Africa (ICT-39-2015)
H2020 - Slovenian Centre of Excellence on 3D geodata (SLICE3D)
H2020 - Public Administration and Technology (PATECH)
H2020 - Transforming into Open, Innovative and Collaborative Governments (TROPICO)


Please find more information of our profile for new projects here.

Currently Visiting

dr. Sonja Blum, University of Vienna, Austria 

Bacha Kedeba Debela, Ambo University, Ehtiopia

Adare Assefa Mitiku, Ambo University, Ethiopia

Mirit Kisner, School of Political Science, Israel

Abiha Zahra, IRO PhD scholarship, Pakistan