Dr. Julien van Ostaaijen works as a researcher for the Tilburg School of Politics and Public Administration (TSPPA), embedded in Tilburg University (the Netherlands). His main research interests are local government and local politics, populism and anti-establishment politics, and international comparison.
He teaches among others the course Urban Governance and has been involved in urban research in (among others) the Dutch cities of Rotterdam, Breda, Tilburg, and Eindhoven. In 2010, he finished his dissertation Aversion and Accommodation. Political Change and Urban Regime Analysis in Dutch Local Government: Rotterdam: 1998-2008. This research deals with the way change takes place in Dutch local government, mainly in the way an anti-establishment party (Liveable Rotterdam / Leefbaar Rotterdam) has succeeded in establishing change in a system and culture aimed at cooperation and consensus.
He has been involved in NICIS research regarding good (local) governance and regional cooperation in several Dutch cities and regions. Both research projects aim to search for effective practices, legitimacy, and credibility in local and regional projects, theoretically as well as empirically. Some of his other recent research projects include voting behaviour on the local level and the usefulness of Dutch local policy documents on citizens’ participation (both for the Dutch Ministry of the Interior). Van Ostaaijen has also been a reviewer for three international journals: Public Administration, Urban Affairs Review and Local Government Studies.
Van Ostaaijen is also interested in international activities and developments, first and foremost in Flanders. He contributed to the evaluation of the Flemish Stedenfonds in 2005, provides guest lectures to Flemish students and civil servants (mainly at the university of Ghent), and was an intern at the Flemish city of Antwerp. Next to that, he is part of an international research network under the leadership of professor C.N. Stone regarding the regeneration of fourteen deprived urban neighbourhoods in Europe and North-America (RUN). His latest international research project is about the democratic legitimacy of regional cooperation in Munich, Germany. In 2010, he has spend several months at George Washington University (Washington D.C.).