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

Dekker, R., Geuijen, K. & Oliver, C. (2021).Co-creating asylum reception in a living lab: learning from the experiences of refugees and locals. In: Van Praag, L. (Ed.). Co-creation in Migration Studies: The Use of Co-creative Methods to Study Migrant Integration Across European Societies (pp. 199-220). Leuven: Leuven University Press.

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., Koot, P., Birbil, S.I., & Van Embden Andres, M. (2022). Co-designing algorithms for governance, Ensuring responsible and accountable algorithmic management of refugee camp supplies. Big Data & Society.

Dekker, R. (2022). Digitale argusogen gericht op de politie. Sociale mediabeelden van politieoptreden en de maatschappelijke legitimiteit van de politie. Cahiers Politiestudies, 62(1), 103-116.

Dekker, R., Oliver, C. & Geuijen, K. (2021). Can community involvement policies mitigate NIMBYism and local opposition to asylum seeker centres? Policy & Politics, 49(4), 553-571.



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