Public event

Colloquium: The role of public policy schools in uncertain times from international perspectives

This colloquium will focus on the mission, role, and impact of public policy schools, as seen by presidents, deans and directors from leading international universities. Is it possible to find a balance between politics and policy? Why are applied programmes often considered second-tier compared to law or economics degrees? What has been the impact of public policy schools on policy-making, public administration and public stewardship?

Words of welcome

Henrik Enderlein is Professor of Political Economy at the Hertie School as well as Director of the Jacques Delors Institut - Berlin. His research focuses on economic policy-making, in particular the European Central Bank, the EU budget, European integration, fiscal federalism and financial crises.

Chair and keynote speaker

Helmut K. Anheier is President of the Hertie School and Professor of Sociology. His research centres on indicator systems, social innovation, culture, philanthropy, and organisational studies. He also holds a Chair of Sociology at Heidelberg University and serves as Academic Director of the Centre for Social Investment. 


Mary Kaldor is a Professor of Global Governance and Director of the Conflict and Civil Society Research Unit at the London School of Economics. Kaldor also directs the unit’s largest research project, the Conflict Research Programme (CRP), an international DFID-funded partnership investigating public authority, through a theoretical lens of the political marketplace and the concept of civicness, across a range of countries in Africa and the Middle East. 

Renaud Dehousse is President of the European University Institute, a position held since 1 September 2016. Before coming to the EUI, he was Professor and Jean Monnet chair in EU law and European Policy Studies at Sciences Po Paris, where he founded and directed the Centre d’études européennes from 2005 to 2016. He chaired Sciences Po Paris’s executive board from 2013 to 2016.

Randall Hansen is Interim Director of the Munk School of Global Affairs and Full Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Toronto, and Canada Research in Global Migration. He works on immigration and citizenship, demography and population policy and the effects of war on civilians.  

Closing remarks by

Ira Katznelson is Ruggles Professor of Political Science and History at Columbia University. Prior to his position at Columbia, he taught at the University of Chicago and the New School for Social Research, where he was dean of the Graduate Faculty. His latest book Fear Itself: The New Deal and the Origins of Our Time (W.W. Norton’s Liveright imprint, 2013), which has been awarded the Bancroft Prize in History and the Woodrow Wilson Award in Political Science, sheds light on a pivotal moment in the history of the United States and of liberal democracy. Photo by Eileen Barroso.