Resource persons

This is the list of the resource persons during the course in 2014. Most of them will give plenary presentations and otherwise they will be active in workshops. By scrolling down you will find some short resumes on who they are and what they do.

Course directors

  • Dr. Wieger Bakker (Utrecht University, Utrecht School of Governance)
  • Viktor Koska MA (Zagreb University, Faculty of Political Science)
  • Prof. dr. Ladislav Rabusic (Masaryk University Brno, Faculty of Social Studies)
  • Dr. Paul Stubbs (The Institute of Economics, Zagreb)


International staff:
  • Prof. dr. Brigitte Unger (WSI-Germany & Utrecht University, Utrecht School of Economics)
  • Prof. dr. Godfried Engbersen (Erasmus University Rotterdam, Department of Sociology)
  • Prof. dr. Frans van Waarden (Utrecht University, University College Utrecht)
  • Prof. dr. John Clarke (Open University, UK, Faculty of Social Sciences)
  • Prof dr. Trudie Knijn (Utrecht University, Department of General Social Sciences)
  • Prof. mr. Ige Dekker (Utrecht University, Utrecht School of Law)
  • Prof. dr. Siniša Zrinščak (Zagreb University, Faculty of Law)
  • Dr. Marcel Hoogenboom (Utrecht University, Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences)
  • Dr. René van Rijsselt

Who is who?

Wieger Bakker was trained as a sociologist and is now associate professor at the Utrecht School of Governance. He is interested in the tension between rationality and power in policy formation and implementation and in the way in which public responsibilities are organised and executed within public institutions. In this dissertation the role of public policy in the development of a specific aspect of the Dutch system of educational facilities was examined. The last few years he focuses on development cooperation as a policy sector in the Netherlands and especially on the issue of public accountability. Next to this he developed a special interest in policy-making in former Middle and Eastern European countries in relation to processes of transition.

Viktor Koska is a teaching and research assistant and a PhD student at the Faculty of Political Sciences, University of Zagreb. He holds an MSc degree in Forced Migration from the Refugee Studies Centre, University of Oxford, where he graduated with a thesis “Reality of Return and Reintegration of Minority Refugees: Serbian Returnees in Croatia”. As a part of his postgraduate studies, Viktor applied and extensive field research on the minority refugees issues in Croatia. In addition, he had studies in USA (University of Washington, Seattle) and earned his BA degree in Political Science from the Faculty of Political Sciences, University of Zagreb. He worked as an intern at the Coalition for International Criminal Court (New York, USA), as a junior expert associate at the Agency for Adult Education (Zagreb, Croatia) and in the number of civil society projects in Croatia. His research interests are in forced migration, minority studies and education policy.

Ladislav Rabusic is professor in Sociology and dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences of Masaryk University in Brno, Czech Republic. In his research he focuses on aging, population studies, adult education and on value change in the European context. He has been a research fellow in the Netherlands (Netherlands Institute of Advanced Studies and Tilburg University), Norway (Lillehammer college) and the United States (Princeton University).

Paul Stubbs is a UK-born sociologist who has lived and worked in Croatia since 1993. He is currently Senior Research Fellow in the Institute of Economics, Zagreb. His main interests are in social policy, social protection and social inclusion; computer-mediated activism; transnational policy translation;  and new regionalism. His recent books include: Bob Deacon and Paul Stubbs (eds.) ‘Social Policy and International Actors in South East Europe’ (Edward Elgar); Christophe Solioz and Paul Stubbs (eds.) ‘Towards Open Regionalism in South East Europe’ (Nomos) and Alexandra Kaasch and Paul Stubbs (eds.) ‘Transformations in Global and Regional Social Policies’. He recently completed a book due to be published by Policy Press in 2015 ‘Making Policy Move: politics of translation and assemblage’, a collaboration with John Clarke, David Bainton and Noemi Lendvai. He was part of a team of authors working on the Regional Human Development Report on Social Exclusion in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union for UNDP, as well as a report on the Social Impacts of Emigration and Rural-Urban Migration for the European Commission. He has co-authored a number of texts with Siniša Zrinščak on aspects of social policy in Croatia and beyond. Many of his texts can be downloaded from

Brigitte Unger was born in Austria and has studied economics at the Vienna University of Economics and at the Wirtschaftsuniversitaet Wien, where she also became professor. Since 2002 she holds the chair of public sector economics at the Utrecht University School of Economics. Her publications are on corporatism, economic policy, tax competition and money laundering. She has measured money laundering for the Netherlands in 2006, has published two books with Edward Elgar on money laundering in 2007, and several academic articles on it. She has also written a book on money laundering in the real estate sector in 2010. She is consultant of the Dutch Ministry of Finance, the UNODC, the EU and EUROSTAT on money laundering issues. Currently she is working on the multidisciplinary project ECOLEF financed by the EU.

Godfried Engbersen is since 1998 professor of sociology and Research Director of the Sociology Department at the Erasmus University of Rotterdam, the Netherlands. His current research activities focus on irregular migration, the relationship between restrictive migration regimes and crime, local and transnational citizenship as well as liquid migration from Central and Eastern Europe. He has worked at the University of Leiden, Amsterdam and Utrecht. During the spring of 1996 he has been a visiting professor at the Centre of Western European Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. Godfried Engbersen is the Dutch correspondent for the continuous Reporting System on Migration (SOPEMI) of OECD and elected member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Sciences (KNAW) (since 2007). His latest book is A Continent Moving West? EU Enlargement and Labour Migration from Central and Eastern Europe, AUP 2010 (with Richard Black, Marek Okolski and Christina Pantiru).

Frans van Waarden was born in Amsterdam and was educated in Groningen, Paramaribo (Surinam), Haarlem, Toronto (Canada), and Leyden. In the last two cities he studied sociology, history and political science at the universities bearing their names. Thereafter he taught at the Universities of Leyden, Konstanz (Germany), and now Utrecht. In between he has taught or was visiting fellow at the Center for European Studies of Stanford University, the Universities of Leipzig and of Vienna, the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Studies NIAS (1998-99), and the European University Institute in Florence (2001, 2003). He has a broad interest in different topics among which corporatism, state-industry relations, markets and institutions, implementation and enforcement of regulation, regulatory styles, European integration and European regulation. His current research is focussing on the transposition of European directives and food safety and risk regulation.

John Clarke is an Emeritus Professor in the Faculty of Social Sciences at the Open University, where he worked for over 30 years. He is also a Visiting Professor in the Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology at the Central European University in Budapest. He has worked on the social, political and cultural transformations of welfare, nations and states, especially around issues of managerialism, consumerism in public services. He is currently working on research projects about Governing Schooling through Inspection (based at Oxford University) and New Sites of Legal Consciousness (based at Bristol University). His books include Policing the Crisis (with Stuart Hall, Chas Critcher, Tony Jefferson and Brian Roberts: 1978, second edition 2013); The Managerial State (with Janet Newman, 1997); Changing Welfare, Changing States (2004); Publics, Politics and Power (with Janet Newman, 2009); Disputing Citizenship (with Kathleen Coll, Evelina Dagnino and Catherine Neveu, 2014) and is collaborating with Dave Bainton, Noemi Lendvai and Paul Stubbs on a book called Making Policy Move, to be published by The Policy Press in 2015.

Trudie Knijn studied sociology at the University of Tilburg and worked as a lecturer and junior researcher at the department of Cultural Psychology of the Radboud University (Nijmegen). Since 1985 she works at Utrecht University, where she became full professor of Interdisciplinar Social Science in 2003. Currently she is head of the Centre for Social Policy and Intervention Studies (SOPINS), co-chair of the board of ESPAnet with Steffen Mau (university of Bremen), Coordinator of the National Associations of ESPAnet, member of the Executive committee of the Network of Excellence Reconciling Work and Welfare (RECWOWE), and co-coordinator of the research programme Pathways to Work.

Ige Dekker studied law at the Erasmus University, Rotterdam and University of Groningen. He also studied international law and polemology (peace research) at the University of Groningen and the Inter-University of Dubrovnik. He was a lecturer in international law at the University of Groningen (1974-1979), the Free University, Amsterdam (1979-1984) and the University of Twente (1984-1994). He is since 1994 working at the School of Law of Utrecht University. In  the period 2002-2008 he was Director of Studies of the Utrecht University School of Law and, since 2008, he is Head of the Utrecht University School of Law and Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Law, Economics and Governance.

Siniša Zrinščak is a Croatian sociologist and a Professor of Sociology and Social Policy at the University of Zagreb. More information on his work and activities could be found on his personal website: