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René Torenvlied is a full Professor of Public Management at Twente University, The Netherlands, and honorary professor of public administration, Leiden University. He holds an MA in Political Science from University of Amsterdam and a Ph.D. in Sociology from University of Groningen, both with honors. He occupied previous academic positions as a full professor and scientific director of the Institute of Public Administration at Leiden University and held the James S. Coleman chair in models of collective decision-making and implementation at University of Groningen. His research interests include public management, inter-organizational networks, public sector performance and reforms, coproduction, collective decision-making, and policy implementation—with applications in various sectors and domains, including: education, health, labor policy, European studies, social policy, and urban development.
Torenvlied publishes widely in the fields of public administration, political science, and sociology. He serves as a co-editor of the Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory. He also serves on the editorial board of the American Review of Public Administration, the Journal of the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA). Between 2009 and 2013 Torenvlied was a member of the board of directors of the Public Management Research Association (PMRA). He is an ad hoc reviewer for all major journals in the disciplines of public administration and political science and external reviewer for the Dutch Science Foundation (NWO) and the European Science Foundation.
He acquired about twenty research grants in national and international settings, accumulating to M$ 5.0. Prestigious grants include those from several talent schemes of the Dutch Science Foundation (NWO); a Utrecht University high potentials grant shared with E. Demerouti and an NWO Conflict and security program grant, shared with A. Akkerman.Torenvlied received various national and international prestigious awards: the 2012 Kooiman award by the International Research Society for Public Management for the best article published in Public Management Review in 2011 (in 2012 this article was selected by the Academy of Management among the five best papers published in the 16 top-journals covering the field of public- and non-profit management), a 2009 best paper award from the Academy of Management Annual Conference, the 2008 best article award from the Journal European Union Politics, and two best dissertation awards: the ‘Van Poelje Prize awarded by the Dutch Association for Public Administration, and the annual prize by the Dutch Political Science Association.