At Utrecht University, we are developing a Center for Advanced Studies in Behavior, Public Policy & Administration. We aim to contribute to the quality of public institutions and their policies relating to important contemporary societal issues, such as ageing, security and employee and citizen well-being. We will do so from a specific perspective: by combining insights from psychology with public administration and economics. We focus on research in collaboration with important societal stakeholders, including the Dutch Scientific Council (WRR)l Behavioral Insights Team UK, NSOB and Stichting IZZ.


Core team

Dr. Thomas Schillemans (Public Administration)

Prof. dr. Kees van den Bos (Psychology/Law)

Prof. dr. Denise de Ridder (Psychology)

Dr. Lars Tummers (Public Administration)

Prof. dr. Stephanie Rosenkranz (Economics)


Example publications

De Ridder, D.T.D., Van Lensvelt-Mulders, G., Finkenauer, C., Stok, F.M., & Baumeister, R.F. (2012). Taking stock of self-control. A meta-analysis of how self-control relates to a wide range of behaviors. Personality and Social Psychology Review, 16, 76-99.

Schillemans, T. (2016). Calibrating Public Sector Accountability: Translating experimental findings to public sector accountability. Public Management Review, 18(9), pp. 1400-1420.

Tummers, L.G., Olsen, A.L., Jilke, S. & Grimmelikhuijsen, G. (2016). Introduction to the Virtual Issue on Behavioral Public Administration. Journal of Public Administration, Research & Theory, 1-3. doi:10.1093/jopart/muv039.

Van den Bos, K., Wilke, H. A. M., & Lind, E. A. (1998). When do we need procedural fairness? The role of trust in authority. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 75, 1449-1458.


Centers on Behavior, Public Policy & Administration worldwide

Utrecht University – Center for Advanced Studies in Behavior, Public Policy & Administration

Rutgers University Newark – Center for Experimental and Behavioral Public Administration

Copenhagen University – Behavioral and Experimental Public Administration Lab 

City University of Hong Kong – Laboratory for Public Management and Policy

General – Behavioral Public Administration Network



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