I am honored to have been awarded the Research Prize for my PhD on ‘policy alienation’ by the Praemium Erasmianum Foundation, which was handed out at the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW). As described in the press release:

“He will receive the award for his thesis Policy Alienation. Analyzing the experiences of public professionals with new policies. The conclusions of this study challenge common assertions about the reasons for resistance of public professionals towards policies.

Chair Martijn Sanders and Winners PhD-Prize 2014 Peter Bos, Joris van Hoboken, Ricky van Oers, Marieke Schouwstra and Lars Tummers.

In his 2012 dissertation Tummers states that doctors, teachers and other professionals regularly demonstrate against all kinds of measures because they do not find them useful: not for society, nor for their own clients. The resistance lies mainly in the content of the new policy and not the personality of professionals.

In his thesis , Tummers has developed a new theoretical framework ‘policy alienation’ with which he analyzed policies in health care, social security and education. According to Tummers it is not the lack of participation and understanding of economic targets which determines the resistance, but the view of the professionals that the means do not reach the goals. Tummers wrote his thesis under the supervision of prof. dr. Victor Bekkersprof. dr. Bram Steijn and co-supervisor prof. dr. Sandra van Thiel (Radboud University Nijmegen).

Research Prize Praemium Erasmianum

Praemium Erasmianum annually awards up to five Research Prizes to exceptional dissertations in the field of the Humanities and Social and Behavioural Sciences. The award consists of a cash prize of three thousand euros and a certificate. The prizes will be awarded during a festive ceremony on Monday May 12th at the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Lars Tummers graduated with honours in 2012 and is a lecturer at the Department of Public Aministration. Currently he is a Visiting Scholar at the University of California, Berkeley. He also is a Research Fellow at Arizona State University with a Marie Curie Fellowship of the European Union . In 2013 he won the Research Award of Erasmus University Rotterdam.”

Source: http://www.egs3h.eur.nl/news/detail/2839-lars-tummers-wins-research-prize-of-praemium-erasmianum-foundation/ 

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