Welcome!

My name is Stephan Grimmelikhuijsen, associate professor at the Utrecht University School of Governance. On this website you will find links to my publications and other information that you might find useful.

These questions drive my research:

How can citizens trust governments?

My research looks at how information influences citizens’ views of public organizations. In a time of seemingly raging citizen distrust of government, the ultimate question to me is “can public organizations increase trust by providing them with better information and being more transparent?” A systematic overview of the literature on this topic shows evidence is mixed. Together with Albert Meijer and Greg Porumbescu I wrote a book in which we show that we need a layered analytical perspective on government transparency to “make it work” for citizens.

Algorithms & big data technologies in government

Government organizations are increasingly using complicated algorithms and big data to support their decision-making. How can we ensure that bureaucrats use such systems in a responsible and trustworthy manner? In my research I focus on algorithmic transparency to ensure citizen trust, but I also find that broader institutional safeguards are needed.

How can we use insights and methods from other disciplines to improve our understanding of the public sector? 

Together with colleagues I co-authored this piece on behavioral public administration (open access). We describe behavioral public administration as the interdisciplinary analysis of public administration from the micro-level perspective of individual behavior and attitudes by drawing on recent advances in our understanding of the underlying psychology and behavior of individuals and groups.