Professor Public Governance and Civil Society
Caelesta Braun's research expertise includes political advocacy, interest group politics, public decision-making, bureaucratic politics and regulatory governance. She studies the role of non-state stakeholders in public decision-making and regulation and how we can make sure to involve stakeholders in executive politics in an inclusive and effective way. In addition, she studies how stakeholders can succesfully strategize to influence legislative and regulatory decision-making.
Caelesta’s main fields of research include political advocacy, interest group politics, public decision-making, bureaucratic politics and regulatory governance. She recently finalized a large research project on civil society and the regulatory state (funded by a NWO Vidi grant), click for an overview of the project team and its research output. She’s currently involved in a NORFACE international collaborative research project ‘Reconnect’, researching the engagement of civil society and citizens with the administrative state.
Before joining Leiden University, Caelesta was an assistant professor at Utrecht University and Vu University. She has held a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Antwerp from 2009-2013 and obtained her PhD at Leiden University in 2009. In addition to her academic career, she also worked for a public consultancy firm and for Dutch parliament.
2-Capture (Vidi research project)
Comparative Interest Representation (international comparative research project)
- llid redactieraad politiek-wetenschappelijk tijdschrift mr. Hans van Mierlo Stichting
- Lid Raad van Advies voor de opleidingen Politicologie
- Lid Medenzeggenschapsraad