Prof. dr. Zeger Van der Wal engages in academic as well as applied research into a variety of public management issues, using quantitative, qualitative, as well as mixed methods designs. He actively shares research plans and outcomes with peers and practitioners to ensure results are accessible to a wide variety of audiences. Zeger strongly believes research, teaching, and consulting activities should constantly strengthen each other.
His research focuses on the following topics:
- 21st Century Public Managers
- The Future of Government
- Public Sector Innovation
- Values and Ethics
- Good Governance
- Work Motivation
- Political-Administrative Relations
In the past 15 years, he has co (authored) over 100 publications, including top-tier academic journal articles, books and book chapters, consulting reports, and op-eds in popular magazines and newspapers.
Prof. dr. Van der Wal strongly believes that working with peers from different backgrounds strengthens his work and expands his horizon. Over the years, he has published with over 20 different collaborators from 10 different countries, and supervised PhD students from China, Germany, India, the Netherlands, and Russia.
Zeger actively participates as presenter, panellist, and chair in academic conferences of the key associations in the field, such as the Public Management Research Association (PMRA), the International Research Society for Public Management (IRSPM), and the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA).
He regularly gives keynote speeches for lead institutions such as the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), Civil Service College Singapore (CSC), the Association of Dutch Municipalities (VNG), the Ministry of Home Affairs (BZK), the Netherlands, the Malaysia Anti-Corruption Academy (MACA), Indonesia Development Foundation (IDF), and Taiwan Civil Service Development Institute.