KU Leuven

The KU Leuven Public Governance Institute conducts research into different aspects of public governance from a public administration and political science perspective. The results of our research are of value in higher and continuing education, in public organizations, and for society in general.

The mission of the KU Leuven Public Governance Institute is to gain knowledge and insight regarding politics, administration and public policies on local, regional, federal, European and international levels. Such knowledge and understanding is in line with the core tasks of the university. We intend to make scientific contributions to an improvement in the policy-making, organization and management of public administrations. In this process, special attention is given to the role of citizens, political parties and government officials.

The KU Leuven Public Governance Institute is an internationally oriented and interdisciplinary research institute that focusses on different aspects of public governance. Both fundamental and applied research are part of our activities, with special attention for theory, empirical research and practice. Comparative research in particular is one of our core competencies.

We offer a research-based educational program. With this we wish to contribute to lifelong learning and professional up-dating. Our target audience are regular students and government officials as well as political actors. Through our public service we wish to transfer knowledge and insight to administrative and policy practice.

Public governance is a very wide domain. We focus on three distinguishable but partly overlapping research clusters within that domain:

  • Politics, citizens and policies
  • Administrative organization and HRM
  • Management of information, performance and finance