I am Assistant Professor at the Institute of Public Administration of Leiden University, and am partially affiliated to KU Leuven Public Governance Institute. Since this academic year, I am also programme director of Leiden University’s Bachelor in Public Administration (‘Bachelor in Bestuurskunde’).

My major research activities focus on issues as knowledge utilisation, evidence for policy, and policy advice in an era that tends to be characterized by both evidence-informed policy making and post factual politics. I have specialised in policy evaluation as one type of evidence and combine research about the politics of policy evaluation with applied evaluation research in various policy fields. In addition, I am involved in research projects about policy advice production and use within and outside the civil service (such as parliaments, think tanks and political party study centers).  Method-wise, I have developed a particular interest in configurational comparative methods.

In terms of teaching, I am lecturing courses such as ‘Public Policy and Values’ at Leiden University’s Master of Public Administration. At KU Leuven, I teach ‘Policy Evaluation’ (Beleidsevaluatie) in the Master in Overheidsmanagement en Beleid. Besides, I regularly provide training for civil servants on topics related to my research agenda.

 (c) Simon Koolwijk

(c) Simon Koolwijk

Previously, I occupied positions as doctor-coordinator of the Policy Research Center Governmental Organisation and Decisive Government in Flanders (Steunpunt Bestuurlijke Organisatie Vlaanderen); researcher and lecturer at KU Leuven Public Governance Institute, and programme co-ordinator of the Master of European Politics and Policies at KU Leuven Institute for International and European Policy. In 2014 I completed my PhD, entitled: “Policy evaluation activity unravelled. A configurational analysis of the incidence, number, locus and quality of policy evaluations in the Flemish public sector”, which was shortlisted for the Jaarprijs Politicologie, the annual prize for the best PhD in political science defended in the Netherlands or Flanders.

Memberships, networks & advisory activities

I consider it important to engage with academic colleagues and practitioners on the themes of my research. As such, I actively participate in the following professional and academic organisations/networks:

Besides, I am regularly involved in policy advisory activities for governments and organisations at national (in the Netherlands and Belgium) and international/supranational level (e.g. for OECD).

My full CV can be received upon request.