Class of 2021

It is with great pleasure that we present (some of) the Class of 2021.  Every year around 20 PhD-candidates from 12 universities in the Netherlands and Belgium start with our PhD training program. Below the first PhD Candidates of the Class of 2021 introduce their PhD projects to you, throughout this year, more PhD candidates that join our training program will be featured on this page.

Noortje Hoevens

Radboud University of Nijmegen

I’m a PhD-candidate at the Radboud University Nijmegen, focusing on coproduction, citizen engagement and e-governance. Also part of the European consortium INTERLINK, which aims to develop a novel collaborative governance model. The goal of the consortium is to overcome barriers preventing administrations from reusing and sharing services with private partners, including citizens.

Vhalinavho Khavhagali

University of Twente

I am a PhD candidate at the University of Twente, My research focusses on climate change adaptation policy of South Africa. I am interested in understanding and explaining the key drivers and barriers across different governance levels in South Africa. Specifically, this research aims to develop a theoretical framework and scientific perspective to assess, understand and explain what and how drivers and barriers emerge in the process of multilevel governance and implementation of climate change adaptation policy.

Renée Michels

Erasmus university of rotterdam

I am a PhD-candidate at the Erasmus School of Health Policy and Management. My dissertation focusses on the governance of medical technology. Conventional means of regulating new medical technologies may not be sufficient to guarantee their quality, accessibility, and affordability. I use qualitative methods to analyze this issue. I have a background in Health Technology Assessment and hold a degree in Health Economics and in Medical Anthropology and Sociology.

Elina Jonitz

Erasmus University Rotterdam

I am a PhD candidate at the Department of Public Administration and Sociology at the Erasmus University Rotterdam. In my PhD research, I examine the multi-level politics and governance of post-2014 migrant integration in small and medium-sized towns and rural areas. My work focuses primarily on the Netherlands. My PhD is embedded in the European research project Whole-COMM (Horizon 2020).

Sybren Hardiek

Radboud University of Nijmegen

My PhD at Radboud University focuses on dynamics of the European Council asserting itself in 'Chefsache' or crises - the Eurocrisis, the refugee/migration crisis, Brexit, and now Covid-19; in the near future perhaps Climate Change. I work in an interdisciplinary setting, combining Public Administration and Political Science lenses with a European/Migration Law component


University of Twente

I am a PhD researcher at the University of Twente. My research interests include Artificial Intelligence (AI) for sustainability, environmental governance, and governance of socio-technical systems. In my PhD project, I will search for political-administrative factors that play a key role in making smart fishery more sustainable