About me

As a sociologist focusing on public administration, I study digital forms of social organization which reshape governance. My research focuses on two grand societal challenges in which this occurs: 1) migration and integration and (2) public security.

I work as an assistant professor at the Utrecht University School of Governance (USG/USBO). I use co-design methods, including the living lab methodology as an engaged research practice. I am program director of the master ‘Public Governance and Policy’ and I teach several courses.

Academic publications


Dekker, R., Jacobs, S. & Korthagen, I. (2021). Openbaar Bestuur en Media. Den Haag: Boom Bestuurskunde

Dekker, R. (2016). Policy in the Public Eye. Agenda-setting and Framing Dynamics of Traditional and Social Media in relation to Immigration and Integration Policies. Erasmus University Rotterdam: Doctoral Thesis.

Book chapters

Korthagen, I., Dekker, R. & Breman, B. (2020). De gemediatiseerde strijd om natuurbeleid in de Oostvaardersplassen. In: Buijs, A., Boonstra, F. & Mattijssen, T. (Eds.). Natuurbeleid betwist. Visies op legitimiteit en natuurbeleid. Zeist: KNNV Uitgeverij.

Dekker, R. & Meijer, A.J. (2020). Citizens as aides or adversaries? Police responses to digital vigilantism. In: Trottier, D. (Eds.) Vigilant Audiences: Justice Seeking through Global Digital Media. Open book publishers.

Journal articles

Dekker, R., Franco Contreras, J., & Meijer, A.J. (2020). The Living Lab as a Methodology for Public Administration Research: A Systematic Literature Review of its Applications in the Social Sciences. International Journal of Public Administration43(14), 1207-1217.

Dekker, R., Van den Brink, P. & Meijer, A.J. (2020). Social Media Adoption in the Police: Barriers and Strategies. Government Information Quarterly, early view online.



Organization of workshops and events

Public workshop for children ‘Design to play: a shared space for children at the asylum centre (‘Speel mee bij het AZC’)’. Weekend of Science, 6 October 2019, Utrecht, The Netherlands (30 participants).

Academic seminar ‘Innovation in city-level reception of asylum seekers and refugees: Neighbourhood connections, wellbeing and skills’. Co-chaired with Caroline Oliver and Karin Geuijen. Utrecht Refugee Launchpad Project. 28 June 2018, Utrecht, The Netherlands. (27 participants)

Conference panel ‘Local Innovation in asylum seeker and refugee reception’ Co-chaired with Caroline Oliver, Jacqueline Broadhead and Karin Geuijen. IMISCOE Conference. 2-4 July 2018, Barcelona, Spain. (20 participants).



9/2019-current: Program director of the master’s program ‘Public Governance and Policy’

Together with Prof. Dr. Thomas Schillemans, I coordinate this master’s track at the Utrecht University School of Governance. This involves development of the course program, selection and coaching of students, and coordination of the thesis trajectory and internships.

9/2016-current: Course coordinator, Lecturer and tutor Public Administration and Organization Science

I am teaching various BSc. and MSc. courses at the Utrecht University School of Governance. This includes coordinating the course ‘Governance and Policy (Bestuur en Beleid)’ and supervising master thesis projects on various topics.




Utrecht University
Utrecht School of Governance
Office -115a
Bijlhouwerstraat 6
3511 ZC Utrecht


r.dekker1 [at] uu.nl


+31 (0) 30 253 93 95