Professor Lotte Bøgh Andersen

Lotte Bøgh Andersen professor of Public Management and Leadership at Aarhus University, Denmark, and The Danish Centre of Applied Social Science, Denmark. Her work focuses on leadership in public and private organizations, especially motivation and performance, leadership strategies, professional norms and economic incentives. Her research is based on experiments, register data, surveys, interviews and observation. She is a board member of Public Management Research Association and also acts as a co-director of PSG III (Public Personnel Policies) within EGPA. She is a member of the Danish National Leadership Commission and co-editor of several international journals. Her research is published in the best public administration journals such as Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, Public Administration Review, Public Administration, Public Management Review and International Review of Administrative Sciences, and she has also published book chapters on leadership experiments, public personnel policies and incentive systems (e.g. Cambridge University Press). She also publishes Danish books and articles about leadership and management and delivers a lot of public speeches to make sure that the research-based knowledge is used in practice.

Professor Mark Bovens

Mark Bovens is a professor at the Utrecht University School of Governance in the Netherlands. He studied Law, Political Science, and Philosophy at Leiden University and at Columbia University Law School in New York. He has published more than twenty monographs and edited volumes in the area of politics, government, and public policy. He is a member of the Scientific Council for Government Policy, the strategic think-tank of the Dutch cabinet. Some of his recent books are: Mark Bovens & Anchrit Wille, Diploma Democracy: The Rise of Political Meritocracy, Oxford: OUP 2017; and Mark Bovens, Robert Goodin & Thomas Schillemans (eds.),The Oxford Handbook of Public Accountability, Oxford: OUP 2014.

Associate Professor Karen N. Breidahl

Karen N. Breidahl (knb@dps.aau.dk) is a political scientist and associate professor at Department of Political Science and Centre for Comparative Welfare Studies, Aalborg University. She is author of a number of international articles and book chapters on ethnic diversity and immigration in a Scandinavian welfare state context. Recent articles includes Scandinavian exceptionalism? Civic integration and labour market activation for newly arrived immigrants’ (Comparative Migration Studies, 2017, 5, 2), ‘Shared Values Promote Social Cohesion? If so, Which? Evidence from Denmark’ (European Political Science Review, 2017 – together with Nils Holtug and Kristian Kongshøj) and ‘Bringing Different States in: How Welfare State Institutions can possibly influence socio-cultural dimensions of migrant incorporation’ (Nordic Journal of Migration Research, 2018 in press – together with Barbara Fersch). 

Professor Niels Egelund (Friday evening event)

Niels Egelund, born 1945. Teacher Certificate 1968. Teacher in primary school until 1971. MA in psychology 1976. Psychologist in a municipality 1977-1979. Assistant professor in clinical psychology on Royal Danish School of Educational Studies from 1979, ph.d. in 1982, associate professor, reader from 1978, dr.paed. 1990, associate research professor in special education 1994, professor in special education 1996. Professor on Danish University of Education 2000, on Aarhus University 2007. Participation on OECDs PISA studies 1998-2017. Director for Centre for Strategic Research in Education, Danish Institute of Educational Research, Aarhus University 2010-2016, conducting a range of quantitative studies in the educational field.

Professor Harry Garretsen

Harry Garretsen has been Professor of International Economics & Business at the University of Groningen since 2008. Alongside an impressive academic career, as attested among other things by his appointment as fellow at the University of Cambridge and his earlier professorial appointments at Radboud University Nijmegen and Utrecht University, he has always been actively concerned with economic policy and policy advice. He worked at De Nederlandsche Bank and was deputy crown-appointed member of the Social and Economic Council of the Netherlands (SER) from 2004 to 2014. For many years he was a member of the Advisory Board of the CPB Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis. He gained management experience as Dean of the Faculty of Economics and Business in Groningen. He is also a member of the Supervisory Board of the Waarborgfonds Sociale Woningbouw (WSW) and the Bank Council, the advisory body to the Governing Board of De Nederlandsche Bank. His research field is international economics and macro-economics, with a particular focus on where companies choose to establish themselves. Both at home and abroad, Garretsen is regularly asked to act as an expert or contract researcher. In recent years, for example, he has worked for the ministries of Foreign Affairs and Finance, the Bundesbank, the EU and the World Bank. Through the universities of Groningen and Cambridge he has gained broad experience with executive education, and he takes part regularly in the public debate on economic issues, including via the Me Judice forum, where he is an editor-in-chief.

Associalte professor Laura Gilliam

Laura Gilliam is Associate Professor at the Department of Educational Anthropology, Danish School of Education, Aarhus University. Her research concerns children, youth and the school institution, with a specific focus on identity, ethnicity, gender, institutional ideals and civilizing practices. Her publications include: Gilliam, L. & E. Gulløv (2017), Children of the Welfare State. Civilising practices in schools, childcare and families. London: Pluto Press. Gilliam, L. (2015) Being a good, relaxed or exaggerated Muslim: Religiosity and masculinity in the social worlds of Danish schools. In: M. Sedgwick (ed.): Making European Muslims: Religious socialization among young Muslims in Scandinavia and Western Europe. New York: Routledge. Gilliam, L. and E. Gulløv (2014) ‘Making children social: civilising institutions in a welfare state’. Human Figurations 3(1): 1–15. Gilliam, L & E. Gulløv (2012) Civiliserende Institutioner. Om idealer og distinktion i opdragelse. Aarhus: Aarhus Universitetsforlag. Gilliam, L. (2009) De umulige børn og det ordentlige menneske. Identitet, ballade og muslimske fællesskaber blandt etniske minoritetsbørn. Aarhus: Aarhus Universitetsforlag.

Associate professor Jane Gingrich

Jane Gingrich is an associate professor of comparative political economy at the University of Oxford. Her main research interests involve comparative political economy and comparative social policy. In particular, her work focuses on the politics of market oriented reforms in the welfare state, and the politics of institutional change more generally. Her more recent work has focused on the consequences of marketization and retrenchment on public attitudes and voting behavior and the changing political coalitions around the welfare state, asking how changes in the structure of the state have reshaped the political demands that citizens put on it. She is now embarking a new project on educational reform in the OECD from 1945-present, funded by the European Research Council, which looks to examine changing educational structures at the country and regional level.

Peter Graeff

Peter Graeff is Professor at the Faculty of Faculty of Business, Economic and Social Science at Kiel University. Prior coming to Kiel, he was an assistant professor at Goethe University, Frankfurt, and Düsseldorf University. He received a diploma in economics and a PhD in psychology from Bonn University. His research focusses on empirical research methods and social capital research in its positive (e.g. social trust) and its negative sense (e.g. corruption). Recent publications appeared among others in Plos one, European Sociological Review, Quality & Quantity, and the Journal of Mathematical Sociology

Associate Professor Eva Gulløv

Eva Gulløv is Associate Professor at the  Department of Educational Anthropology, Danish School of Education, Aarhus University, Denmark and Professor at the Department of Education at University of Agder, Norway. Her research concerns children’s societal positions and social relations as well as processes of inclusion and exclusion within educational institutions. Her recent publications include Gilliam, L. & Gulløv, E. (2017), Children of the Welfare State. Civilising practices in schools, childcare and families. London: Pluto Press 2017; Gulløv E. & Skredal, L. L. (2016) ‘Ethnographic studies of young children’. In J. Prior & J.V. Herwegen, Practical Research with Children. London: Routledge 2016. Gilliam, L. and E. Gulløv (2014) ‘Making children social: civilising institutions in a welfare state’. Human Figurations 3(1): 1–15. Gulløv, E., ‘Welfare and Self Care. Institutionalized Visions for a Good Life in Danish Day-care Centres’, Anthropology in Action, vol. 18, 3 (2011): 21–32. Bundgaard, H. and E. Gulløv (2008) ‘Targeting immigrant children: disciplinary rationales in Danish pre-schools’. In: N. Dyck (ed.) Exploring Regimes of Discipline: The Dynamics of Restraint. New York: Berghahn.

Senior Researcher Julian L. Garritzmann

Julian L. Garritzmann is a Senior Researcher in Political Science at the University of Konstanz, Germany, and the University of Zurich, Switzerland. Julian has held Visiting Scholar positions at Harvard, Duke, and Rutgers. Julian’s research areas are comparative political economy, welfare state research, party politics, public opinion, and legislative studies. His book on the "Political Economy of Higher Education Finance“ (Palgrave Macmillan) received the dissertation award by the German Political Science Association (DVPW) and the ESPAnet/JESP's Doctoral Researcher Prize. It was also shortlisted for the Deutscher Studienpreis. Julian has published articles in the Journal of European Social Policy, the Journal of European Public Policy, the Journal of Legislative Studies, PS: Political Science and Politics, and West European Politics. In his talk, Julian will present research from an ongoing book project on public opinion and social investment policies, drawing on a large, representative public opinion survey, as well as on case studies in eight European countries.

Senior Researcher Francisco Herreros

Francisco Herreros is Senior Researcher at the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) in Madrid. He has been Fernard Braudel Senior Research Fellow at the European University Institute (Florence), Santander Fellow at St. Antony’s College and Visiting Fellow at All Souls College (University of Oxford). His research interest include trust and social capital, especially the role of institutions in the development of interpersonal trust, and political violence, especially the analysis of terrorism, civil wars and state repression. He has published extensively on trust and political violence in Comparative Political Studies, Journal of Conflict Resolution, Journal of Peace Research, Rationality and Society, Political Studies, Politics and Society, Explorations in Economic History and Economic History Review, among other academic journals. He has also published the monograph The Problem of Forming Social Capital: Why Trust? (Palgrave, 2008).

Emeritus Professor Michael Hill

Michael Hill is Emeritus Professor of Social Policy at the University of Newcastle. Earlier he held posts in the Universities of Bristol, Oxford and Reading and was a civil servant in the National Assistance Board. After retiring from Newcastle he held visiting professorships at Goldsmiths College, Queen Mary College and the London School of Economics in the University of London and at the University of Brighton. Michael has written and researched  widely on social policy and on the making and implementation of public policy and was given the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Social Policy Association in 2009. He is nearing completion of Exploring the World of Social Policy (with Zoë Irving of the University of York). His commitment to the public sector has been evident not just in his research and teaching, with a strong emphasis social security, social work and social care, but also in participation in local government and in membership of the Council on Tribunals (1991 to 1997).  He is proud that his children and their partners have pursued careers in local government.

Assistant Professor Alexander Horn

Alexander Horn is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Political Science at Aarhus University, where he has been employed since 2014, and is affiliated with the Social Science Research Center Berlin (WZB). He conducted his PhD studies at the Berlin Graduate School of Social Sciences and Duke University. He tries to strengthen our understanding of the complex interplay of the political and economic causes of the privatization, conditionalization, de-universalization, and modernization of welfare (states). In his most recent book Government Ideology, Economic Pressure, and Risk Privatization. How Economic Worldviews Shape Social Policy Choices he shows that the impact of the economic pressures often held responsible for the marginalization of politics and ideology is in fact conditional on the specific ideological configuration.

Chief Executive Niels Højberg

Niels Højberg is currently chief executive in the City of Aarhus, Denmark, and has been so since 2008. Prior to that he was the Managing Director of Aarhus University. In his career, he has had positions as the top official in regions and municipalities and had his first job in the Ministry of Finance in Copenhagen. He holds a Master’s Degree in Political Science and BA in Philosophy from Aarhus University and an M.Phil. from Glasgow University. From 2013-2015 he was the Chairman of the Danish Association of Local Government Executives. Aarhus is the second city in Denmark and has been appointed European Capital of Culture in 2017 and European Volunteering Capital in 2018. Niels Højberg has been the co-author of a number of publication mainly on leadership in the public sector and celebrating the 500 years Reformation anniversary in 2017 he was invited to formulate 3 thesis concerning labor presented in the book “95 new thesis".

Jan Germen Janmaat

Jan Germen Janmaat is a Reader in Comparative Social Science at UCL Institute of Education. His research interests are wide ranging, including themes, such as inequality, social cohesion, civic culture and the integration of migrant communities. Since becoming Reader his research focuses more narrowly on the role of education in promoting civic values, a catch-all term that includes outcomes such as tolerance, trust and political engagement. These values are considered to be the cultural prerequisites of democracy by many scholars. Educational characteristics that have his particular attention in terms of how they influence civic outcomes include the social and ethnic composition of schools, educational tracking, the curriculum, distinct pedagogies and democratic practices in schools. His research on the effect of the ethnic composition of classrooms on attitudes towards immigrants has been widely published in esteemed journals, such as European Sociological Review, Social Science Research and Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies and received a lot of media coverage. More recently he has published on the influence of educational tracking (i.e. assigning school children to academic and vocational tracks) and of school democratic practices on political engagement. Currently he is writing a book with Bryony Hoskins on the impact of education on social inequalities in political engagement. In 2013 he was awarded a British Academy Mid-Career Fellowship for a project on using longitudinal data to assess the net effect of education on civic outcomes. In September 2015 he became co-editor of Compare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education.

Mette Frisk Jensen

Mette Frisk Jensen holds a position as researcher and leader of the website on Danish history “danmarkshistorien.dk” at the Department of Culture and Society at Aarhus University. Before this she held several postdoc-positions at the same department. In September 2011 she received a two year fellowship from the Danish Research Council (FKK) to do a project on corruption in Denmark. Since September 2012 she has also been part of the project Anticorruption Policies Revisited (2012 – 2017) financed by the European Commission’s Seventh Framework Program through the Quality of Government Institute at University of Gothenburg. The primary focus of the work here was the study of anti-corruption in Denmark 1660 – 1866. During her doctoral studies at the Department of History, International and Social studies at Aalborg University she specialized in corruption and the ethics of public office amongst Danish civil servants in the 19th century.

Professor Lasse Home Kjaeldgaard

Lasse Home Kjaeldgaard is Professor of Danish Literature at Roskilde University, Denmark, and a leader of the Semper Ardens research project Digital Currents. He is a member of the Danish Academy of Letters and former Director of the Danish Society for Language and Literature. He has authored several monographs on Danish literary and cultural history, most recently Meningen med velfærdsstaten: Da litteraturen tog ordet - og politikerne lyttede [The Meaning of the Welfare State: When literature took the floor - and politicians listened], Gyldendal, 2018. 

Associate Professor Eva Knies

Eva Knies is Associate Professor at Utrecht University School of Governance. Her research interests are public leadership, public service performance, and human resource management (HRM) in the public sector (in particular in education and healthcare). In 2015 Eva received a grant from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research for conducting a 4-year study of public service performance and people management in various national (NL, DK, UK) and sectoral (healthcare, education) contexts. The project is entitled 'Capturing the nature of public value creation'. Eva has published in top journals in the fields of public administration/management and HRM, including Public Administration Review, Public Administration, and Human Resource Management Journal. She often uses quantitative (surveys and scale development techniques) or mixed methods.

Professor Jon Kvist

Jon Kvist- jkvist@ruc.dk Jon Kvist is professor of European Public Policies and Welfare Studies at the Department of Social Science and Business, Roskilde University. He was professor from 2008-2014 at the Centre for Welfare State Research (CWS) at the University of Southern Denmark, Odense and has also worked at SFI – The Danish National Institute of Social Research. Kvist has published widely on the Nordic welfare model, social investments, Europeanization and comparative methods. He has chaired international research projects and been member of the Norwegian Research Councils’ welfare, work and migration program, the Scottish government working group on welfare and the Danish government Commission on Unemployment Insurance, and is national coordinator in the European Commissions Expert Network on Social Policy.

Professor Michael Musheno

Michael Musheno is professor of law and faculty director of legal studies at the University of Oregon. His teaching and writing focus on the social agency of youth, the state’s frontline workforce, organizational environments, and the social and cultural dynamics of conflict in everyday life. His scholarship draws substantially upon narratives, particularly the storytelling of subjects and agents of the state, and uses interpretive field methods. His current book project, Navigating Conflict: How Youth Handle Trouble in a High Poverty School is in press and scheduled for publication in March 2018 (University of Chicago Press). Co-authored with Calvin Morrill, it draws upon sixteen years of ethnographic fieldwork to reveal the social ingenuity with which urban teens informally and peacefully navigate strife-ridden peer trouble in a school environment that fosters trust instead of suspicion, mobility instead of containment.

Anne Mette Møller

Anne Mette Møller is a PhD Fellow at the Department of Political Science, University of Copenhagen. Her research and teaching is anchored in public administration and organization theory, focusing especially on issues regarding knowledge and professional practice in public service delivery. She also has a keen interest in interpretive field research methods and organizational ethnography in particular. She is currently finalizing her PhD research project on evidence-based practice and changing professional norms in Danish child protective services, which is based on fieldwork in three municipal child protective agencies and interviews with national political actors. She has a background in Sociology, also from the University of Copenhagen, and has worked for several years as an analyst and evaluation consultant, primarily in the social policy area, before returning to academia.

Associate Professor Helene Helboe Pedersen

Helene Helboe Pedersen is associate professor at Department of Political Science, Aarhus University. She studies developments in political representation bridging literatures on interest groups, political parties and voters to understand the process of representation in Western Europe. In her current research project, she investigates the assumed personalization of politics and its consequences for democratic representation. Her work on these issues has been published in Legislative Studies Quarterly, European Journal of Political Research, British Journal of Sociology, and Parliamentary Affairs among other places.

Professor Janka Stoker

Janka Stoker has been Professor of Leadership and Organisational Change at the University of Groningen since 2003. In her work she has always combined academic research with practice. When working on her doctoral research at the University of Twente, she was also a freelance advisor to KPN and ADC. For many years she combined her role as senior managing consultant at Berenschot with her professorship, and as Vice Dean at the Faculty of Economics and Business she has had five years’ of first-hand experience of what it means to be a manager. Her research has always focused on questions that are both relevant to the academic world and of immediate interest to organisations. She frequently works on behalf of third parties, such as in projects with Ahold, De Nederlandsche Bank and Aedes. In her advisory role, she has advised large private and public organisations – such as ProRail, MeesPierson, the municipality of Groningen and Unilever – on issues of leadership and change. She was also a member of the ‘DNB culture change’ monitoring committee . As a member of the Advisory Board at the University of Twente and as Vice Dean of the Faculty of Economics and Business at the University of Groningen, she has gained substantial practical experience of the ins and outs of leadership. She is a sought-after speaker at conferences and on courses for managers and administrators. She also makes regular media appearances.

Professor Rune Stubager

Rune Stubager, PhD, is professor at the Department of Political Science, Aarhus University. He is co-principal investigator of the Danish National Election Study and does research on public opinion and electoral behaviour. In particular, he conducts research on the influence of voters’ social background on their political attitudes and behaviour. Among other books he is a co-author of Paradoxes of Liberal Democracy, Princeton University Press (2014) and Oprør fra udkanten. Folketingsvalget 2015 [Rebellion from the Periphery. The Danish Parliamentary Elections 2015], Djøf Forlag (2017). In addition, he has published a range of articles in journals such as Political Behavior, British Journal of Political Science, European Journal of Political Research, British Journal of Sociology, Electoral Studies, Political Psychology, West European Politics, Political Studies, Scandinavian Political Studies, and Government and Opposition.

Gert Tinggaard Svendsen

Photo: Lars Kruse, AU

Gert Tinggaard Svendsen is a Professor of Comparative Politics, Department of Political Science and Government, Aarhus University, Denmark. PhD (Econ.) in 1996 and MSc (Pol.Sci.) in 1991. Minor in Law and English. In 1996, he was appointed assistant professor by the Department of Economics, Aarhus School of Business, where he later became associate professor. In July 2004, he was appointed full professor at the Department of Political Science, Aarhus University. Svendsen has been a visiting scholar at the University of Maryland, Department of Economics (1994-95), where he worked with his PhD supervisor, Professor Mancur Olson. Later, he became a member of the steering committee on social capital in the World Bank (1997-99) headed by Mancur Olson and became then director of the Danish Social Capital Project (SoCap) (2002-2005). Svendsen is active within the public choice societies, e.g. member of the editorial board of Public Choice (2004-2009), Chair of the Danish Public Choice Association (2004-2006), and a member of the Executive Board in the European Public Choice Society (2014 – 2017).

Associate Professor Lars Tummers

Lars Tummers is Associate Professor at the Utrecht University, Utrecht School of Governance. His research interests are public management, leadership, and citizen–state interactions. When researching such topics, he often combines insights from psychology and public administration: developing a 'Behavioral Public Administration'. He has published in the top tier of public administration journals, including Public Administration Review, Public Administration and the Journal of Public Administration, Research & Theory. He often uses quantitative methods, especially (field) experiments, surveys and scale development techniques.

Assistant Professor Joris van der Voet

Joris van der Voet is assistant professor of Public Management at Leiden University in The Netherlands. His research focuses on the role of leadership in organizational change management in public sector organizations, employee motivation, cutback management and innovation. Joris currently leads a research program concerning the determinants of performance of  social welfare teams in The Netherlands. This longitudinal study includes over 150 teams in major Dutch cities and focuses on leadership, self-management, group cohesion and red tape. Next to this, Joris works on a research program about the relationship between cutback management and innovation in municipalities in The Netherlands, Spain, and the United Kingdom. This program is funded with a four-year grant by the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research. Joris coordinates the MPA program in Public Management at Leiden University, in which he teaches a course on Change Management and Leadership.

Professor MSO Ayo Wahlberg

Ayo Wahlberg is Professor MSO at the Department of Anthropology, University of Copenhagen. Working broadly within the field of social studies of (bio)medicine, his research has focused on traditional herbal medicine (in Vietnam and the United Kingdom), selective reproductive technologies (in China and Denmark) as well as health metrics (in clinical trials and global health). Ayo is author of Good Quality – the Routinization of Sperm Banking in China (2018, University of California Press) and co-editor of Southern Medicine for Southern People – Vietnamese Medicine in the Making (2012, Cambridge Scholars Publishing). He is Associate Editor of BioSocieties (Palgrave Macmillan) and has recently received funding from the European Research Council for a 5-year (2015–2020) project entitled ‘The Vitality of Disease—Quality of Life in the Making’.

Parliamentary group leader (RV) Morten Østergaard

Morten Østergaard (born 17 June 1976) is a Danish politician who served as Denmark's Minister for Economic and Interior Affairs from 2 September 2014 to 28 June 2015. A member of the Danish Social Liberal Party, he has been a member of the Folketing since 2005, and he was Minister for Research, Innovation and Higher Education from 2011 to 2014, and for a short term in 2014 also Minister for Taxation. Morten Østergaard holds a master's degree in political science from the University of Aarhus. He was vice-chairman of the party from 2002 to 2005 and has been a member of parliament since the 2005 election. Following the announcement on 31 August 2014 that Margrethe Vestager is to become Denmark's EU Commissioner, Morten Østergaard was elected parliamentary group leader of the Danish Social Liberal Party and was appointed Deputy Prime Minister of Denmark.