EPPA Seminar “Cultures, Diversity, and Public Administration” (14-15 December 2017; KU Leuven, Belgium)

We gratefully acknowledge the funding of the Anneliese-Maier Research Award by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation

EPPA Seminar “Cultures, Diversity and Public Administration”

The aim of the seminar is to demonstrate that cultures and diversity in the European scene is getting more relevant. The question is how we map the increase of change and relevance, and how this affects the multidisciplinary field of PA for the future.

The Logic of the “Cultures, Diverstiy and Public Administration”- Seminar

From a thematic point of view there will be a focus on the following elements:

First, Setting the Scene: what is Happening and going to happen? It is important to map cultures and diversities, now and in the future and to show ‘Facts and figures’ on the shifts which are happening. This may include languages and language policies in countries (national and non-national languages), migrations, multicultural administrations (e.g. the European Commission).

 Second: theories and models in PA taking (or not) culture and diversity into account. How and to what extent is PA-research positioning itself vis-à-vis Languages, Religion, (Legal) Traditions,  … Also, about policies in heterogeneous communities: what about effective policies in culturally diverse communities in a country. Also, how does recent multicultural organizational theory look like (national and international organisations).

Third: What about PA Country Clusters in research. How do clusters look like, are they changing? What are research strategies to explain differences based on types of Clusters. How does this affect research strategies of ‘Most Different Research Design’

Fourth:  What are the implications for a PA Research Agenda (Data, Topics, Methods,…)

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Thursday, December 14 2017Seminar venue: Museum M, Leuven (University Library, and Grand Beguinage)

12.00 - 13.00

Museum M

WelcomeWelcome (sandwich lunch)

13.00 - 14.30

Museum M

Session 1

Explaining the project: Results from the Survey (Werner Jann)

Setting the Scence: Culture and Public Administration (Geert Bouckaert)

Introductory Debate


14.30 - 15.00

Museum M


15.00 - 17.00

Museum M

Session 2

Migration, Ethnicity, and PA

Johan Wets (KU Leuven, specialist in migration studies)

PA Reflection:

Mark Bovens (University of Utrecht, and member of WRR [Dutch Government Science Council])

Ivan Kopric (University of Zagreb)

Discussant: ine Deprez (KU Leuven)


17.15 - 18.15

University Library, Ladeuzeplein


Venue: University Library

Erasmus' Dream: The Collegium Trilingue (1517 - 2017)

19.00 - 19.45

Grand Beguinage

Organ recital

Venue: Church St john the Baptist

(Grand Beguinage)

Jan Vermeire

20.00DinnerVenue: Faculty Club (Grand Beguinage)
Friday, December 14 2017Seminar venue: Faculty Club, Leuven

08.30 - 10.30                  

Faculty Club (St Barbara, Chièvres)

Session 3

Religion, diversity, and PA

Erkan Toguslu (KU Leuven Interculturalism, Migration and Minorities Research Centre)

PA Reflections:

Sofiane Sahraoui (DG of IIAS)

Edina Soldo (Université Aix-Marseille)

Discussant: Nicolas Alfano (Université Aix-Marseille)


10.30 - 11.00

Faculty Club (St Barbara, Chièvres)


11.00 - 12.30

Faculty Club (St Barbara, Chièvres)

Session 4

Languages, diversity, and PA:

Edoardo Ongaro (Open University, UK; President of EGPA; co-editor of Handbook and chapter on Languages and PA)

PA Reflection:

Steven Van de Walle (KU Leuven)

Discussant: Trine H. Fjendbo (Aarhus University)


12.30 - 13.30

Faculty Club (St Barbara, Chièvres)


13.30 - 15.00

Faculty Club (St Barbara, Chièvres)

Session 5

Culture, Diversity, and Country clusters

Clustering for Research:

Eckhard Schröter (Zeppelin University)

Clustering for Teaching:

Taco Brandsen (University of Nijmegen, and DG of EAPAA)

Discussant: Adrian Hudrea (Babes-Bolyai-University)


15.00 - 15.30

Faculty Club (St Barbara, Chièvres)


15.30 - 17.00

Faculty Club (St Barbara, Chièvres)

Session 6

Culture, Diversity, HRM, and Organisation


Stephen Collins, Head of Unit for Organisational Development Projects and Knowledge Management, European Commission

PA Reflection:

Sandra Groeneveld (University of Leiden)

Discussant: Fanny Badache (IDHEAP Lausanne)


17.00 - 18.00

Faculty Club (St Barbara, Chièvres)

Session 7Wrap up debate: conclusions and lessons learned

18.00 - 19.00

Faculty Club (St Barbara, Chièvres)


For presentations click here

Contacts for further questions:


Bertels, Jana | Project Coordinator | University of Potsdam | Mail: bertels​​uni-potsdamde

Bouckaert, Geert | KU Leuven | Mail: geert.bouckaert@​​soc.kuleuven.be

Jann, Werner | University of Potsdam | Mail: jann@​​uni-potsdam.de