PhD course

Network Governance:

Theories, Methods and Practices

Corvinus University of Budapest

Saturday 22th April – Monday 24th April

(after IRSPM conference April 19-April 21 2017 at

Corvinus University of Budapest)



Professor Jenny Lewis (Melbourne University, Australia) and

Professor Erik Hans Klijn (Erasmus University, Rotterdam The Netherlands)

Guest lecturer: Professor Joris Voets (Ghent University, Belgium)

The course:

Recent transformations of state and society have increased the importance of governance networks in formulating, determining and implementing public policy. Governance networks engage public, private and civil society actors at transnational, national, regional and local scales in shaping the future of our societies. Research into governance networks is developing rapidly all over the world.

This course, exploring theories and research about networks, is offered by the Netherlands School of Government (NIG) in cooperation with the International Research Society of Public Management (IRSPM).


The course lasts for 3 days.

The first  day focuses on the theory and practice of network governance. How can we define governance and governance network? What is the potential role of governance networks and how do we explain their formation? How is network governance practiced in different national contexts and at different levels? What are the main differences between the leading theories of network governance? The social network perspective on this topic is also introduced

The second day we explore how we can reconstruct/analyze networks and complex decision making processes in networks. But we also pay attention  to various research methods for researching networks (quantitative and qualitative and mixed methods). And we have a guest lecture about network management from professor Joris Voets.

The third day we discuss the normative aspects of governance networks: their democratic legitimacy and how we can evaluate network outcomes. We conclude the course with a Q&A session to discuss the future of network governance.

The course includes several types of activities like:

  • Interactive lectures which presents the state of the art of the field
  • Discussions between lecturers and PhD-students on core readings which focus on central questions and topics
  • Application of theoretical skills in empirical analysis
  • Presentations by PhD students of their own work

You can download the complete guide of the course from here.


If you want to participate in the course, please apply by filling in the application form on the NIG website:

Tuition fee is €500 (PhD students from NIG can participate tuition free). Attendees of the PhD Course can participate the IRSPM 2017 conference for a significantly reduced price.

Here you can see a few photos of the course in Birmingham in 2015.