prof.dr. S. (Steven) Van de Walle

Erasmus School of Social and Behavioural Sciences (ESSB)
Erasmus University Rotterdam

Steven Van de Walle is Professor of Public Administration at Erasmus University Rotterdam. As of October 2016 he will be moving to KU Leuven as Research Professor within the Public Governance Institute. Please mail to

Before joining Erasmus University, he worked as a lecturer at INLOGOV of the University of Birmingham (UK), as a visiting senior research associate at the Campbell Public Affairs Institute at the Maxwell School of Syracuse University (US), and as a researcher at the Public Management Institute at the University of Leuven (Belgium).

In 2012, he received a personal NWO VIDI grant to study public officials' trust in citizens in the Netherlands, Belgium and France. This project focuses on the on socialisation of new recruits in public services and their interaction with clients.

Currently, Professor Van de Walle is coordinator the FP7 project Coordinating for Cohesion in the Public Sector of the Future - COCOPS (2011-2014). With a total budget of 2.7 million Euros, it is currently one of the largest comparative public management research projects, involving over 25 academics at 11 European universities.

His research and teaching covers the role of public administration in societies and in the state, and specific research interests include citizen perceptions of the public sector, government-citizen relations, public sector performance, corruption, trust in government, satisfaction surveys, comparative public administration and governance indicators

  • S. Van de Walle (2004, december 6). Perceptions of administrative performance: the key to trust in government? K.U.Leuven (Leuven: Instituut voor de Overheid) Prom./coprom.: G. Bouckaert.
  • S. Van de Walle & S.M. Groeneveld (Ed.). (2016). Theory and practice of public sector reform. London: Routledge
  • G. Hammerschmid, S. Van de Walle, R. Andrews & P. Bezes (Ed.). (2016). Public Administration Reforms in Europe: The View from the Top. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar
  • M. Haverland, W.J.M. Ruiter & S. Van de Walle (2015). Eurobarometer surveys provide an important insight into the European Commission's role as an agenda setter. (blog). London: London School of Economic and Political Science. (available: 20 May 2015).
  • J.E.T. Schmidt, S.M. Groeneveld & S. Van de Walle (2015). Organizational change and cutback management: Two sides of the same coin? IRSPM Annual Conference: Birmingham (2015, maart 31 - 2015, april 1).
  • S.L.V. Moyson, N.J. Raaphorst, S.M. Groeneveld & S. Van de Walle (2015). Organizational socialization in public administration research: A systematic review and directions for future research. IRSPM Annual Conference: Birmingham (2015, maart 30 - 2015, april 1).
  • O. James, S.R. Jilke, C. Petersen & S. Van de Walle (2014). Contracting out Public Service Delivery and Citizens’ Blame of Politicians for Service Failure: Evidence from a population-based Survey Experiment. APPAM research conference 2014: Albuqurque, US.
  • G. Hammerschmid, V. Stimac, A. Oprisor & S. Van de Walle (2013). Top officials' role identities and the use of performance information: Evidence from a 12-country survey. 2013 EGPA Conference: Edinburgh (2013, september 11 - 2013, september 13).
  • S.R. Jilke, b. Meuleman & S. Van de Walle (2013). We need to compare, but how? Measurement equivalence in comparative public administration. XVIIth IRSPM Conference: Prague (2013, april 10 - 2013, april 12).
  • V. Štimac, S. Van de Walle & G. Hammerschmid (2013). When does the implementation of structural public sector reforms lead to more efficiency and service quality? Evidence from 11 European countries. XVIIth IRSPM Conference: Prague (2013, april 10 - 2013, april 12).
  • I.A. Korthagen & S. Van de Walle (2013). Cost overruns, delays and nuisance, but technical masterpieces: How to manage the news in large infrastructure projects. XVIIth IRSPM Conference: Prague (2013, april 10 - 2013, april 12).
  • S.R. Jilke, b. Meuleman & S. Van de Walle (2013). We need to compare, but how? Measurement equivalence in comparative public administration. PMRC 2013 Conference: University of Wisconsin-Madison (2013, juni 20 - 2013, juni 22).
  • S.M. Groeneveld & S. Van de Walle (2009). Contingent representativity: Rival views of representatve bureaucracy and the challenges for nationbuilders. IIAS 2009 conference `History and future of nation-building, The role of public administrations, civil servants and public finances in nation-building: Helsinki (2009, juli 7 - 2009, juli 11).

Editorial positions (6)

  • American Review of Public Administration

    Editorial Board

  • International Journal of Public Sector Management

    Member Editorial Board

  • Public Performance and Management Review

    Member Editorial Board

  • Vlaams Tijdschrift voor Overheidsmanagement

    Editorial Board

  • Journal of Economic Policy Reform

    Editorial Board

  • Journal of Trust Research

    Associate Editor

Side positions (2)

  • EGPA Permanent Study Group on Performance in the Public Sector


  • IIAS Study Group on Trust and Public Attitudes



Visiting address

Office: Mandeville Building T17-44
Burg. Oudlaan 50
3062 PA Rotterdam

Postal address

Postbus 1738
3000 DR Rotterdam