Hendrik Wagenaar

Adjunct Professor


Hendrik Wagenaar is Senior Advisor, International School of Government, Policy Institute at King’s College London, and Paul Lazarsfeld Visiting Professor at the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Vienna, Austria.

Professor Wagenaar is internationally renowned for his research on participatory democracy and local governance, practice theory and interpretive policy analysis, including projects on urban governance, prostitution policy, social welfare, policy implementation and the (unintended) consequences of public policy making. He has extensive experience working with local policy makers on funded research projects, including the Department of Education, Culture and Welfare in The Hague, a project examining study innovations in social service delivery to frequent offenders, and a comparative study of prostitution policy in the Netherlands, Austria and Sweden. These projects have been conducted in close collaboration with city officials, citizens and stakeholders in order to better understand how governance can be made more responsive and democratically inclusive.

Hendrik's recent publications include Meaning in Action: Interpretation and Dialogue in Policy Analysis, which was published by M.E. Sharpe in 2011, and Practices of Freedom: Decentred governance, conflict and democratic participation (co-edited with Steven Griggs and Aletta Norval), which was published in 2012 by Cambridge University Press. Professor Wagenaar completed his PhD in the Department of Urban Studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and has held positions at Harvard Medical School, Northeastern University (Boston), the Department of Public Administration at Leiden University and the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at the University of Sheffield. Hendrik was also a visitor at the Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis, University of Canberra, in April 2017.

Hendrik Wagenaar