Taco Brandsen is Professor of Comparative Public Administration at Radboud University Nijmegen and Coordinator of the WILCO project (2010-2014). He received master’s degrees in Public Administration and in English Literature from Leiden University and a PhD in Public Administration from Twente University, for which he won the Van Poelje Award for the best dissertation on public administration in The Netherlands. He has been Visiting Scholar at Harvard University and Corvinus University Budapest.

Both as an academic and as a consultant, he has gained extensive experience of teamwork and of project management in the course of dozens of national and international research projects. These include the TSEP project (Third Sector European Policy, FP5), the Network of Excellence CINEFOGO (Civil Society and New Forms of Govermance, FP6), the LIPSE project (Learning in Public Sector Environments, FP7) and the TSI project (Third Sector Impact, FP7).

At the time of the project, he was board member of the European Group of Public Administration (EGPA), the International Research Society on Public Management (IRSPM), the EMES Research Network and the Dutch Association for Public Administration, as well as Secretary-General of the European Association of Public Administration Accreditation (EAPAA).

His research has focused on public service delivery and the issues that come with it: how new governance structures are emerging; how new types of services are being developed; how citizens are involved through participation, co-production and self-organisation.

Contact information: Taco Brandsen (Coordinator): t.brandsen@fm.ru.nl