Fields of activities:
|» Political science |
|» Public affairs |
Brief description of your activity focus
My research focuses on social innovation, the empowerment of citizens and collaboration in service delivery.
Details about Expertise / Competences / Technologies
Taco Brandsen’s research focuses on public services (esp. in housing, education and health care) and the
current issues facing policymakers and managers in this area. How can social innovation be encouraged?
What happens when organisations in the public services operate at the intersection of state, market and
civil society? How can citizens participate meaningfully in the production of these services?
In teaching, Taco Brandsen has encouraged internationalization of public administration programmes,
esp. through the development of transnational programmes. Internationalization is not simply a choice
of language, but an opportunity to reconsider the content and structure of the traditional curriculum.
In addition to his work at Radboud University, Taco Brandsen is a board member of major international
research networks in public administration and management (EGPA, IRSPM)
EU Framework Programme related activities:
» Socio-economic development trajectories
» Regional, territorial and social cohesion
» Participation and citizenship in Europe
» How indicators are used in policy
» Developing better indicators for policy
» Wide socio-economic foresight on key challenges
|Project Title||Welfare Innovations at the Local Level in Favour of Cohesion|
|Specific Theme||Social innovation|
|Project Title||Civil Society and New Forms of Governance|
|Specific Theme||Citizenship and participation|
|Project Type||Other (International)|
|Project Title||Third Sector European Policy|
|Specific Theme||Third sector national and European policies|
International and national projects beyond EU Framework Programme
SKILLS FOR SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITIES (Tilburg University, Radboud University Nijmegen)
Explorative project examining ‘frontline professionalism’, i.e. proactive social work, through interviews in
Amsterdam, Antwerp, Berlin, Angouleme, London and Marseille.
SELF-ORGANISATION IN HOUSING COOPERATIVES IN GERMANY (Radboud University Nijmegen)
An analysis of the legal and social structure of housing cooperatives, trying to find out how citizens organise
themselves and what are the conditions for the success of these self-organised cooperatives. We conducted
interviews in Berlin, Hamburg and Munich. An English-language version is a chapter in my 2012 edited volume on co-
DIVERSIFICATION OF HOUSING ASSOCIATIONS (Tilburg University, Coventry University)
Comparative research project examining the nature of and motives behind the diversification of housing
associations. We conducted interviews in England, Ireland, Italy and The Netherlands.