External PhD candidates

Edward L. Figee

Pasfoto Edward Figee tbv website

External PhD candidate

Telephone: 06 51 26 25 72; +31 (0)53 – 489 3299 (secretary)
e-mail: e.l.figee@utwente.nl

Dutch profile

Expertise

  • Parlementarian (regional) journalism for newspapers and magazines;
  • Decentral public affairs (local and regional authorities) in The Hague and Brussels arenas;
  • Developing and implementing communication-strategies in postwar (developing) countries for local and regional authorities

Research

  • PhD subject: Decentral public affairs in European Perspective

Promotors

  • Promotor: Prof.dr. M.D.T. de Jong
  • Assistant promotor: dr. P.C.J. Linders and dr. J.F. Gosselt

Positions & Memberships

  • Association for European Journalists (AEJ) in Brussels, Dutch Section
  • International Press Center Nieuwspoort, The Hague
  • Association for Public Affairs Professionals, The Hague
  • Board member Salon Saffier, literature theatre in Utrecht

International experience

  • In Tanzania, Latvia, Balkan-countries, Romania, Bulgaria, El Salvador, Syria: developing and implementing communication-strategies (1) to create a local and regional public affairs policy towards the central government, (2) to stimulate the set-up in (re-)building a national and regional association for municipalities, and (3) to develop formulas and formats for websites and corporate (paper) media like magazines and newspapers.
  • AEJ-yearcongresses in London, Ordus (Turkey), Bratislava, Kosiçe (Slowakia), Sofia, Boekarest, Boedapest, San Remo, Zagreb, Athens, Brussels, Helsinki, Berlin, Lisbon, Warsaw and Maastricht.

Specialist publications

Het is van tweeën één – over de ongekende kansen in de samenwerking tussen Gelderland en Overijssel; essay on regional cooperation and the ultimate consequence, the merging of two regional authorities in the East of The Netherlands, 240 p.; Arnhem/Zwolle: produced and edited in own management.

Terrorisme en Nederland – een analyse van een dreiging (2005, ed.), interviews on the thread of terrorism in The Netherlands, 136 p., Den Bosch: Adr. Heinen Publishers.

Provincies: steunberen van het openbaar bestuur (2003), in: Bestuurswetenschappen 57(3), p. 265-271, ‘story-telling’ essay on the ongoing developments in regional authorities in The Netherlands and their new relationship with the central and local government. The Hague: VNG Publishers.

De bewezen noodzaak of de opmerkelijke metamorfose van de provincie – in: Een politieke aardverschuiving (red. Coops, R. et al., 2003), essays-analyses-interviews on the radical and revolutionary changings in Dutch politics sinds 2000; this essay observes and calles attention to the influence of those changings in the position of regional authorities, p. 214-227, Alphen aan den Rijn: Kluwer Publishers.

Het verhaal van twee steden, in: Dilemma’s bij gemeentelijke herindeling – goed geschakeld of verkeerd verbonden (red. Beek, H. ter, et al., 2002), analyses on municipal reorganizations; this analysis is on the failing merging of two cities, Enschede and Hengelo, in the East of the Netherlands in the nineties of the last century; p. 57-68, Den Haag: VNG Publishers.

Worstelen en boven komen, in: Op de tast – je vraagt een lantaarnpaal en je krijgt een integraal veiligheidsbeleid (2001, ed.), analyses and interviews on local communication-strategies, p. 99-125, Den Haag: VNG Publishers.

En bracht de schare tot kalmtebespiegelingen over de gemeentesecretaris door de eeuwen heen (1997, ed.), essays-analyses-meditations by the 75th birthday of the Dutch Association of Town Clerks, 302 p., The Hague: Sdu Publishers.

Licht en tijd, in: 24 uur Voorburg – een biografie in beelden (1996), little photographic and written testimonial by the 100th birthday of the local newspaper Voorburgse Courant, p. 4-8, Rijswijk (ZH): Wegener Sijthoff Periodicals.

De zegening van het bezuinigen of de herrijzenis van Enschede, in: van overheid naar markt – theorie, praktijk en analyse (ed. Coops, R. et al., 1995), essays and analyses on the relationship between central, regional and local governments and the laws of the market-economy; this essay is on the resurrection of Enschede, city in the East of The Netherlands, after the fall of the textile industry in this part of the country in the sixties and seventies of the last century, p. 213-220, The Hagu: Sdu Publishers.

Paars kabinet ziet in communicatie machtig instrument, in: Jaarboek Overheidscommunicatie – ontwikkelingen, vernieuwingen, trends. Yearbook of the Association on Governmental Communication – developments and trends; this story is about the use of communication-instruments by the new coalition on the central level in Dutch politics between socialists and liberals in the nineties of the last century (ed. Jilleba, G. et al., 1995), pag. 9-19, The Hague: VUGA Publishers.

De Bijenkorf, de Zoetermeerlijn en de 100-jarige Passage, in: De werkzame bestanddelen van Den Haag – 25 jaar sociaal en economisch beleid in Den Haag (ed. Pars, H., 1994); essays and interviews on 25 years of social-economical development in The Hague; this contribution is on a big urban department store, a suburbian railway and the 100th birthday of a classical ‘Paris’ shopping-mall in the old city-center; p. 69-72, 87-90, 147-152, The Hague: Sdu Publishers.

De journalist, in: Beschouwingen op Niveau – Opinies over 5 jaar BON-beleid (ed. Min. BZK, 1994), p. 99-104; opinions on reorganizations in the public administrations on national, regional and local level; this contribution is an opinion through the eyes of a parlementarian (regional orientated) journalist, The Hague: Min. BZK, Project Vernieuwing Bestuurlijke Organisatie (BON staat voor: Besturen Op Niveau).

Bestuurlijke vernieuwing besproken – ‘Eerlijk zijn. Dat is het. De burger is niet gek’, in: Jaarboek overheidscommunicatie – ontwikkelingen, vernieuwingen, trends (ed. Kock, T. et al., 1994), Yearbook of the Association on Governmental Communication – developments and trends; this story under the titel ‘Be Honest. That’s It. The Citizen is Not Mad’ is a round table conversation on broken elements in the relationship between the central government and the citizens, p. 13-21, The Hague: VUGA Publishers.

De visie van een journalist op de overheidscommunicatie, in: Jaarboek Overheidscommunicatie – opleidingen, ontwikkelingen, trends (ed. Kock, T. et al., 1993), Yearbook of the Association on Governmental Communication – developments and trends; this essay describes the (more or less) troubled relationship between parlementarian journalists and the central government because of ‘different languages’, p. 49-55, The Hague: VUGA Publishers.

De Les – opkomst en ondergang van het Civob (1991), two retrospectives and a round table conversation on the going-down of an education institute for civil servants who are direct linked to local governmental administrations, 59 p., The Hague: VNG Publishers.