Prof. dr. Marcel Boogers hols a chair in Innovation and Regional Governance at University of Twente (NL) and is a senior consultant at consultancy firm BMC Advies.
In his research and consultancy work, he has developed a broad expertise in the fields of local and regional governance, local politics and intergovernmental relations. His primary focus is on the interplay between citizens, businesses, organizations, politicians and governors. As a researcher and consutant, he has been involved in research projects on local governance, inter-municipal co-operation and central-local relationships.
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- The chair-holder is currently involved in the development and supervision of a number of PhD projects in the field of innovations in regional governance. The first is the PhD project ‘potential for self-organization in the social domain’ ( ‘Zelforganiserend vermogen in het sociale domein’) of mw. W. van Buuren. The second PhD project is of mw. F. Eckardt, ‘Knowledge Matters – Competing and contesting knowledge claims in the 21st century cities’. The chair holder will develop more PhD-projects within the context of the Standing Group Smart Cities.
- The chair-holder has initiated a Standing Group Smart Cities within the European Urban Research Association (EURA). The aim of the initiative is to build an international consortium of (technological) universities that focus on smart urban and regional governance. This consortium will serve as a platform for coordinating research bids aimed at various relevant Horizon 2020 and Urban Europe research programs. This initiative will strengthen Twente’s international position in this field of study and will provide a basis for increasing the number of PhD’s in this area. For a kick-off meeting of the Standing Group Smart Cities, the chair-holder has submitted an application for the BMS Resilience Pop-Up Call, together with applicants from Germany, Portugal, Norway and Estonia.
- Furthermore, he participated in the development of the joint research project of UT and universities in Curitiba (Br) on Smart mobility.
- The chair-holder has conducted a vast amount of commissioned research projects about various aspects of local and regional governance for municipal, regional, provincial and national governments. Many of these projects have contributed significantly to political and professional discussions in the field. Moreover, most projects have been vital to the image of the UT and of the PA department as center of expertise in the domain of local and regional governance.
- He has conducted this research with other BMS-staff members, or in co-production with consultancy firm BMC or as a consultant at this consultancy firm, with which he combines his professorate at the UT.
- The chair-holder is a well-known expert in the field of local and regional governance. People at strategic positions in government value his contribution to the professional debate on these topics.
- As an academic who is actively linking public administration theory with policy practices and vice versa, he has become a frequently asked speaker for professional audiences and an expert for national news media.
- With this commissioned research and his expert role in the public debate, the chair-holder is contributing to the valorization of UT research and to the visibility of UT, BMS and the PA department to professionals and to broader audiences.