Research Projects


The most prestigious research projects within the research cluster ‘Comparative Public Services Innovation' are several Seventh Framework Programmes (FP7) funded by the European Union and research programmes that are funded by the Dutch Science Foundation NWO.


Coordinating for Cohesion in the Public Sector of the Future

Project leader: Prof. dr. Steven Van de Walle (COCOPS)
Funded by: Seventh Framework Programme (FP7, EU)

This is a public management research consortium consisting of 11 universities in 10 countries. With a budget of nearly 2,7 million euros from the European Commission’s FP7, this is to become one of the largest comparative public management research projects in Europe. The project started on January first 2011 and will run for 3,5 years. It is coordinated by Erasmus University Rotterdam. Visit the website of COCOPS for more information.


Learning from Innovation in Public Sector Environments

Project leaders: Prof dr. Victor Bekkers and Dr. Lars Tummers (LIPSE)
Funded by: Seventh Framework Programme (FP7, EU)

This research project studies the drivers and barriers of successful social innovation in the public sector. With a budget of 2,5 million euros - funded by the 7th Framework Programme of the European Union - it is one of the largest projects on social innovation in the public sector. The research is being conducted by EU researchers from 12 different universities in 11 countries. The project starts on 1 February 2013 and will run for 3,5 years. It is coordinated by the Erasmus University Rotterdam. Visit the website of LIPSe for  more information.


Innovative Social Policies for Inclusive and Resilient Labour Markets in Europe

Project leaders: Dr. Menno Fenger and Prof. dr. Romke van der Veen (INSPIRES)
Funded by: Seventh Framework Programme (FP7, EU)

This research project is submitted under the FP7 Framework of the European Union. INSPIRES contributes to the resilience and inclusiveness of labour markets in European countries by specifically focusing on the labour market position of young people, ethnic minorities and disabled people. The consortium consists of a multidisciplinary team of European scholars in the domains of social policies, labour and employment. The projected start in January 2013 and will last for 3,5 years. Visit the website of INSPIRES for more information.


Immigrant integration and social media in European cities

Project leaders:  Dr. Peter Scholten and Prof. dr. Victor Bekkers (Unite Europe)

Funded by: Seventh Framework Programme (FP7, EU)

UniteEurope,  aims to give the main actors of integration – immigrants and members of the host societies – a voice by analysing public Social Media contents generated by citizens. The aim is to develop an ICT-tool to enable local decision makers to identify focal points, but also positive developments, as well as to initiate effective, efficient and sustainable integration measures and policies. The UniteEurope team consists of experts in E-Government, Social Media and integration from leading universities and competence centres, as well as system architects, software developers, companies, cities and NGOs from Austria, Germany, the Netherlands and Sweden. Visit the websiteof UniteEurope for more information


How do civil servants cope with stress during public service delivery?

Project leader: Dr. Lars Tummers (COPING)
Funded by: Seventh Framework Programme (FP7, EU)

For instance, how does a teacher cope with an extreme workload? Will he give some high achieving students substantial attention, while disregarding the others? Or will he give all students less attention, but equally divided  The COPING project aims to develop: 1) a classification of coping strategies during public service delivery; 2) a related measurement instrument, and; 3) a list of the main reasons why civil servants cope in certain ways (for instance personality or policy context). The project is interdisciplinary, using both psychological and public administration literature. In collaboration with hosts Erasmus University Rotterdam (prof. dr. Victor Bekkers) and the University of California, Berkeley (prof. Michael Musheno, this project is carried out on the basis of a European Union FP 7  Marie Curie scholarship by dr. Lars Tummers.


Developing Effective Strategies for the Mainstreaming of Integration Governance

Project leader: Dr. Peter Scholten (UPSTREAM)
Funded by: European Integration Fund 

This project analyses how, why and to what effect governments at the EU, national and local level mainstream their migrant integration policies. The project, with a budget of about 900.000 euros, aims to promote a learning process in terms of policy coordination, practices and outcomes in the governance of migrant integration. The Erasmus University leads an international consortium including also the Center on Migration, Policy and Society – University of Oxford, Migration Policy Institute Europe, Universitat Complutense de Madrid, Institute National d’Etudes Demographiques (INED) and the Center for Migration Research in Warsaw. Visit the website of UPSTREAM for more information.


Urban Consequences and Local Governance of CEE Migration

Project leaders: Dr. Peter Scholten and Prof.dr. Godfried Engbersen (IMAGINATION)
Funded by: JPI-Urban Europe

The IMAGINATION project focuses on migration from Central and Eastern-European (CEE) countries. The project, with a budget of 1,2 million euros, is coordinated by the Erasmus University and involves one of the first projects to focus on the social implications of intra-EU mobility. It raises the question what the consequences are of this type of mobility for urban cohesion and urban policies. This involves: 1) an identification of types of migration from CEE countries; 2) an analysis of social implications of these types of migration for the receiving urban regions, and; 3) an analysis of governance approaches by local governments in the receiving urban regions to these social implications. Visit the website of IMAGINATIONS for more information.


Science-Society Dialogues on Migration and Integration in Europe

Project leaders: Dr. Peter Scholten and Prof.dr. Han Entzinger (DIAMINT) 
Funded by: VolkswagenStiftung

DIAMINT focuses on the role that the social sciences have played in shaping public understanding of processes of immigrant integration. The project analysis how over the past few decades research–policy dialogues on these processes have developed into a much more complex science-society dialogue in several European countries. This is done from the perspective of the changing role of science in a society that itself is also in transformation. The research provides an in-depth analysis of how social transformations have contributed to a reconfiguration of science-society dialogues on immigrant integration in a number of European countries (Austria, Italy, Germany, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom) as well as on the EU- level. Visit the website of DIAMINT for more information.


Impact of Admission Criteria on the Integration of Migrants

Project leaders: Prof.dr. Han Entzinger and Dr. Peter Scholten

This project investigates the impact of admission criteria that impose restrictive conditions of stay (in particular those relating to jobs, services, benefits and voting), on the economic, social, cultural and political integration of third country nationals in four EU Member States: Germany, the Netherlands, Spain and the United Kingdom. The project is coordinated by the Center on Migration, Policy and Society (COMPAS) of Oxford University; the Erasmus University team is responsible for coordination of work packages on local admission policies.


Beyond National Models of Integration? A multi-level perspective on agenda dynamics and policy change

Project leader: Dr. Peter Scholten
Funded by: Dutch Science Foundation NWO (VENI)

Immigrant integration policies are commonly described in terms of ‘national models of integration’, such as the French Republican model or the Dutch Multicultural model. However, integration policies at various levels can follow specific paths of development, involving different ways of defining and acting upon (‘framing’) immigrant integration. This can complicate the effective multi-level governance of immigrant integration. This research analyzes the relation between agenda dynamics on local, national and European levels and the multi-level governance of immigrant integration. The project develops a comparative perspective involving the European, national (France, the UK and the Netherlands) and local level (six cities). For more information: www.peterscholten.eu


Do public officials trust the citizens they serve?

Project leader: Prof. dr. Steven Van de Walle
Funded by: Dutch Science Foundation NWO (Vidi) 

Funded by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research Innovational Research Incentives Scheme (NWO-Vidi). This research project consists of three related parts. Part one looks at how public officials assess citizens’ trustworthiness using a signaling theory approach. Part two studies the determinants and effects of anti-client norms in public sector organizations, and part three is a panel study on the effects of occupational socialization on public officials’ levels of trust. For more information, visit the research page.


Explaining cutback management strategies in public sector organizations: Change leadership in times of crisis

Project leaders Dr. Sandra Groeneveld and Prof. dr. Steven Van de Walle
Funded by: Dutch Science Foundation NWO (Research Talent Scheme) 

Funded by the NWO Research Talent Scheme, this project assesses how the publicness of organisations affects the choice and implementation of cutback management strategies. It first maps strategies public managers use to implement cutbacks in public sector organisations. A comparative case study design is then used to examine the effect of publicness on strategy choice and implementation, looking at individual-level and organisational-level characteristics. Findings contribute to theory development in cutback management in public organisations. For more information, visit the research page


Managing Complex System Disruptions (MaCSyD)

Project leader: Prof. dr. Joop Koppenjan
Funded by: Dutch Science Foundation NWO and Dutch rail infrastructure administrator ProRail 

This research is funded by NWO and ProRail and is part of the larger ExploRail research programme of ProRail. This project aims to contribute to the whole systems performance of the Dutch railway network during service disruptions in 24/7 operations through an analysis of the interactions between the central and regional control rooms of ProRail, the other railway service providers, train personal when coping with disruptions. The project is a collaboration with the VU University Amsterdam and the Delft University of Technology. The total budget is 580.00 euro. The project starts in 2014 and will be finished in 2018.


Self-employment and work-life balance in Europe

Project leader: Dr. Laura den Dulk
Funded by: Dutch Science Foundation NWO 

This NWO funded study aims to examine the work-life balance of self-employed persons in Europe, a changing but context in the resources-demands approach, the study will make use of the European Social Survey to investigate the work-life balance of the self-employed in differing policy contexts before and during the economic crisis. To allow further study of the impact of various types of self-employment, new data will be collected from a sample of self-employed persons in different institutional contexts, namely: the Netherlands, Sweden, the UK and Portugal.