Political Science

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Pleinlaan 2
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Didier Caluwaerts is an Assistant Professor of Public Policy at the VUB. His research interests include deliberative and participatory democracy, social, democratic and public sector innovation, social entrepreneurship, innovation management and cooperative governance. He recently set up a lab experiment with professor Michael MacKenzie (University of Pittsburgh) on deliberation and long-term thinking regarding environmental policy.

He was previously a post-doctoral researcher of the FWO at the VUB. His PhD (2011, VUB) dealt with deliberative democracy in divided societies. It was awarded the 2012 ECPR Jean Blondel PhD award and the 2016 Ignace Vanderschueren PhD Prize, and it was nominated for the Annual PhD Prize of the Dutch and Flemish Political Science Associations. He is also the winner of the 2010 ECPR Dirk Berg-Schlosser award, and co-organizer of the G1000 citizens' summit (2011).

Between August 2013 and August 2014, Didier was a Democracy Fellow and a Frank Boas Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School's Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation. His stay at Harvard was made possible with grants from the Fulbright Commission and the Belgian American Educational Foundation.

In 2012, he was a visiting fellow at the research group on "Challenges to Democratic Representation" of the University of Amsterdam.


  1. Participatie van stakeholders in governancenetwerken

    Activity: Talk or presentationTalk or presentation at a workshop/seminar

  2. Summer School on Democratic Innovations

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipating in or organizing an event at an external academic organisation

  3. TTIP, business as usual? European trade policy and its democratic legitimacy

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  1. Honorary Fellowship

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  2. BAEF Honorary Fellowship for Postdoctoral Research

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