Collaboration - The Public Administration and Policy Group

Social Science group and WASS research school

The Public Administration and Policy group is part of the section Sociology and Governance in the Social Science group. All staff members are embedded in the WASS graduate school. One of our PhD candidates chaired the PhD Council, and one of our core staff members chairs the WASS Research and Assessment Committee. We collaborate closely with other groups engaged in governance research, such as ENP, FNP, LAW, and COM. The awarded prestigious NWO Smart Governance grant on ‘second generation governance arrangements for sustainable value chains’ convincingly shows how three Wageningen governance groups strengthen one another.

Wageningen University & Research

Through joint proposals, projects, and co-supervision of PhDs, we collaborate with various natural science groups from environmental sciences (on climate change, rural development, water management, ecosystem services), animal sciences (on intensive livestock), and plant sciences (on sustainable palm oil and seed governance). We co-lead the university-wide programmes Scaling and Governance and Informational Governance.


We collaborate intensively with water and climate governance groups at the universities of Rotterdam, Amsterdam, Utrecht, Nijmegen, and Twente. We are also well embedded in the Netherlands Institute of Government (NIG) and the Dutch School for Public Administration (NSOB). We have strong linkages with the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency (PBL), with several ministries (Economic Affairs, Interior, Foreign Affairs, Infrastructure and Environment), provinces, waterboards and municipalities, with private companies in the agrifood chain (e.g. Unilever, VION, UTZ), and with NGOs (e.g. Oxfam, Dutch Farmers’ Organisation).


We collaborate with key international players by leading and participating in various international projects and networks, international seminars, joint applications, contributions to edited volumes, and co-authorships. In the field of water and climate governance, we collaborate with institutes like the University of East Anglia, Stockholm Resilience Centre, Imperial College London, McGill University, and Cornell University. In the field of agrifood chains, we collaborate with CIFOR (Indonesia) and the universities of Oxford, Florida, Newcastle, Stellenbosch, and Cape Town.