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The Hague Centre for Digital Governance


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Bram Klievink

Bram Klievink’s chair focuses on digitalisation and policy at the Faculty of Governance and Global Affairs, Leiden University. He studies the interplay between digitalisation and government. How digital innovations challenge established practices and institutions of public governance and how these innovations can be used to support good and effective governance, is the core of his research.

Areas of interest: collaborative cross-sector governance, algorithmic governance, digital platforms, policy implementation, e-governance, data-driven government.

Sarah Giest

Sarah Giest’s research focuses on public digitization processes and data use within government. In this line of research, she looks at the role of data and the decisions of individuals handling this data at different points in the public decision-making process. Her recent work revolves around utilizing data-driven technologies for sustainability and welfare policies. 

Areas of interest: public policy, policy implementation, data-driven policymaking, urban governance, environmental policy, innovation systems.

Alex Ingrams

Alex Ingrams’ work is primarily focused on the role of transparency in government. He looks at how the use of data in public organisations is influenced by political and organisational pressures and how Big Data affects public values such as transparency and accountability. He is also interested in the evaluation of public sector reforms and their connection with technological innovation.

Areas of interest: e-governance, transparency policy, artificial intelligence, public sector reform, private-public partnerships, comparative public administration, public administration and development.

Annelieke van den Berg

Annelieke van den Berg is a PhD candidate at the Institute of Public Administration. Her PhD project is part of the interdisciplinary Data Science Research Program at the Leiden Centre of Data Science (LCDS) and focuses on the possibilities of (big) data for promoting citizen participation at municipal level.



Maedeh Nasri

Maedeh Nasri is a PhD candidate. Her project is embedded in an interdisciplinary project with the goal of identifying factors contributing to an inclusive school setting with and for vulnerable teenagers, such as adolescents with autism, which creates a linkage between computer science, policy,  psychology and architecture. An inclusive school setting includes physical (the architectural design of school buildings), social (interaction with peers) and cultural (what is customary or permissible) levels, which are nested in local and national policies.

Simon Vydra

Simon Vydra 's focuses on the role of (big) data in evidence-based policy making, focusing on the interface between technical and normative decisions in policy analysis. His empirical research focuses on utilizing micro-blogging data in the context of economic and social policymaking.

Areas of interest: Big data analysis, science-policy interface, data-driven government, machine learning, natural language processing, human capital, labour market policy.

Maria Galeano Galvan

Maria explores the challenges surrounding the governance of digital innovations. Her research uses a process approach to study the interactions between digital platforms and institutions and their effect on the management of public spaces, such as housing, roads or energy grids. 

Areas of interest: digital innovations, public governance, regulation, innovation policy,  institutional change, socio-technical transitions.

Centre for Public Values and Ethics

Andrei Poama 

Andrei Poama's research focus is on normative theories. His work covers criminal justice ethics, the connection between principles of justice and the problem of (government) authority, the ethics of public policy, and democratic theory.


Toon Kerkhoff 

Toon Kerkhoff is assistant professor of Public Administration. His work is characterized by a historical approach to core questions in public administration and politics; most notably on corruption, integrity, public value(s) and public sector and civil service reform.


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