Dr. Veronica Junjan

Assistant Professor, Public Management

Phone: +31 53 489 2616/ 3260 
Email: Veronica Junjan
Ravelijn building; room RA 4276

General information

Veronica Junjan (1974) completed her degrees in public administration (MPA, 2000) and sociology (PhD, 2006) in USA and Romania. Her PhD thesis investigated factors that influence decision making in local level governments in Romania, in the context of accession to the European Union. Her current research focuses on investigating decision making processes, public performance management, particularly within the mechanisms and dynamics of public sector reform associated to the EU multi-level governance

In addition to teaching and research at university level, she was involved in a wide range of consulting and research projects at national and international level in Eastern Europe.

Expertise and research interests

  • Public Administration Reform
  • Decision making in the public sector
  • Performance management
  • Circulatory migration and local government in EU

Professional membership

1. Network of Schools and Institutes in Public Administration in Central and Eastern Europe (NISPAcee)
Since 2009 co-chairing the Working Group IV on Public Administration Reform

2. Netherlands Institute of Government (NIG)
co-chairing the NIG research colloquium The Politics and Governance of Administrative Reform in Central and Eastern Europe

3. American Society for Public Administration:

  • International Chapter. She served as Chapter Secretary between July 2016 and October 2017
  • Section on International & Comparative Administration.  She serves as Executive Board Member (2017-2020)
  • Section on Public Performance and Management

4. International Research Society for Public Management

5. Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management

Teaching and supervision

Veronica Junjan contributes to the following courses:

  1. 2016000160: Public Management (bachelor European Public Administration, Module2.1 (coordinator)
  2. 194107040: Public Sector Reform (Master Public Administration, coordinator)
  3. 201400099-2A: Policy-making and planning (bachelor European Public Administration, Module 2.3, co-teacher)
  4. 201600344: Regional Governance and Smart Cities

In addition to teaching, she supervises bachelor and master thesis on the following topics: institutional reform in public administration, circulatory migration and social services (particularly health care), democratization and change in Central and Eastern Europe.

Publications and papers (selected)


1.Milward, B., Jensen, L., Roberts, A., Dussauge-Laguna, M. I., Junjan, V., Torenvlied, R., Boin, A., Colebatch, H. K., Kettl, D. and Durant, R. (2016), Is Public Management Neglecting the State? Governance. doi: 10.1111/gove.12201

2.Junjan, Veronica. Strategic Planning in Local Governments in Europe: 'Where Do We Go Now'?. Transylvanian Review of Administrative Sciences, [S.l.], p. 45-54, Dec. 2015. ISSN 18422845. Available at: <>.

3.Iwona Sobis, Veronica Junjan & Michiel S. de Vries (2015): Polish plumbers and Romanian strawberry pickers: how the populist framing of EU migration impacts national policies, Migration and Development, DOI: 10.1080/21632324.2015.1049021

4.Popescu, C.A., Bob, M.H., Junjan, V., Armean, S.M., Buzoianu, A.D. (2014), Factors influencing Alcohol and Illicit Drug Use amongst First Year Medical Students, Acta Medica Transilvanica, ( section Public Health and Management) 2(3):174-178

5.Junjan, V., Ciumageanu, M., Miclutia, I. & I. Craciun (2011). Labor Integration of Persons with Disabilities in Public Institutions in Romania. Transylvanian Review of Administrative Sciences, No. 33 E/2011, pp. 109-123

6.Junjan Veronica; Popescu Codruta Alina; Sfetcu Raluca et alli (2011), What does Circular Migration Cost for the Sending Country? Evidence of Mental Health Costs after Return to Romania, The Journal of Mental Health Policy and Economics, Volume: 14, Supplement:1, pp:S13-S14

7.Junjan Veronica, Miclutia Ioana, Popescu Codruta, Ciumageanu Mugur, Sfetcu Raluca, Ghenea Dan –“The provision of psychiatric care in Romania -need for change or change of needs?”, Transylvanian Review of Administrative Sciences, No. 26/E/June/2009, p. 81-93, ISSN: 1842-2845

8.Miclutia I, Junjan V., Popescu C.A, Tigan S., “Migration, Mental Health and Costs Consequences in Romania” in The Journal of Mental Health Policy and Economics, Vol 10, Issue 1 2007, pp. 43-50, Online ISSN: 1099-176X    Print ISSN: 1091-4358

9.Miclutia I, Junjan V., Popescu C.A, Tigan S, “Migration and schizophrenia spectrum disorders: Evidence from Romania” in European Psychiatry, March 2007, vol 22- Suppl 1: 15th AEP Congress, March 2007, abstract book P 207

10.Miclutia I, Junjan V., Popescu C.A, “Effects of Migration on Mental Health”, in The Journal of Mental Health Policy and Economics. Vol.8, Abstract Supplement 1, March 2005, ICMPE, ISSN 1091-4358

11.Junjan V., Ciudin I, „Mass media and teenagers. Incipient feminine models”, in Transylvanian Journal of Administrative Sciences Nr. 3(15)/2005, ISSN 1454-1378, pp. 63-70

12.Junjan V „Elements concerning needs analysis in local public institutions”, in Transylvanian Journal of Administrative Sciences Nr. 1(12)/2005, ISSN 1454-1378

13.Miclutia I, Popescu C.A, Junjan V, „Social stigma and its impact on working acceptance of persons with mental illness”, in Transylvanian Journal of Administrative Sciences Nr. 1(12)/2005, ISSN 1454-1378, pp. 121-127

14.Miclutia I, Popescu C.A, Junjan V “Situation of mental ill people at work”, in The Journal of Mental Health Policy and Economics Vol. 6, Abstract Supplement 1, March 2003, ICMPE, ISSN 1091-4358.

Books and book chapters

1.Junjan, V. (2016), “PAR in Academic and Professional Literature: A comparison of the Recent EU Accession Waves”, in: Juraj Nemec (ed.), Europeanization in Public Administration Reforms, Selected Revised Papers from the 23rd NISPAcee Annual Conference, NISPAcee Press, Slovakia.

2.Diana Iancu, Veronica Junjan, Michiel S. de Vries (2013), Public Administration Reform in Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia, in: Vintar, Rosenbaum, Jenei and Drechsler (eds.) The PAST, PRESENT and the FUTURE of Public Administration in Central and Eastern Europe. Pp. 402-406; NISPAcee Press – Slovak Republic, isbn 978-80-89013-66-1

3.Veronica Junjan (2012) Introduction to Public Administrative Reforms in CEE and CA Countries. In Juraj Nemec and Michiel S de Vries (eds.) Public Sector Dynamics in Central and Estern Europe. Pp. 21-23. NISPAcee Press, Slovakia. Isbn 978-80-89013-65-4.

4.Şandor, S.D., Veronica Junjan, “The Bologna Process in Romania’s Public Administration Higher Education Programmes: Case Study on Department of Public Administration” in György Jenei and Károly Mike (eds.) Public Administration and Public Policy degree programmes in Europe: the Road from Bologna, (2008) pp. 243-263; isbn 978-80-89013-37-1

5.Junjan V., “Demography and Public Policy”, in Ilut P,. Nistor L,.Rotariu T., (eds.), Social Romania. The Road of Changes and European Integration (title in Romanian language: România Socială. Drumul Schimbării şi al Integrării Europene), Vol. I-III, Ed. Eikon 2005, Cluj-Napoca

6.Sandor, S.D., Junjan V., “Public policy: a framework for reform in public administration or formal application”, in M. Profiroiu (ed.), The Reform of Public Administration in the Context of European Integration, Ed. Cavaliotti, 2005, Bucharest

7.Hintea, C., Sandor, S.D, Junjan, V., “Administrative Reform in Romania and the European Union” in A. Dimitrova (ed.), Driven to Change: The European Union's Enlargement Viewed from the East, Manchester University Press, 2004

8.Junjan, V., Decision in Public Administration, Ed. Accent, Cluj Napoca, 2001


Veronica Junjan (2017): Theory and practice of public sector reform, International Review of Public Administration, DOI: 10.1080/12294659.2017.1307645

Conference Papers (recent)

1.Junjan, V and Balogh, M, (2015) “Organizational innovation in local government. The case of Romanian Local Development Agent”, Paper presented during the Fred Riggs Symposium, American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) Annual Conference, Friday, March 6th, Chicago IL, USA

2.Junjan, V., C.F van den Berg, and René Torenvlied (2015), “Academic knowledge in the policy process: Strategic currency or political obstacle?” Paper presented at Panel 1: S9: 'Policy as translation: the relevance, use and impact of academic research for public policy' at the Annual IRSPM Conference, 2015 University of Birmingham, UK

3.Junjan, V (2015), “PAR in academic and professional literature “, paper presented at the Europeanization Panel, Working Group IV PAR in CEECA, at the 23rd Annual NISPAcee conference, 21-23 May 2015, Tbilisi, Georgia

4.Fejes, Z.L, J Spink, and V Junjan (2013), Anti-counterfeiting strategy public policy decision-making: Justifying resource allocations based on incomplete data, paper presented at the 2013 Annual Meeting of the American Society of Criminology

5.Junjan Veronica, Ariana Need, Geoffrey Evans (2012), "What should the government really do? Attitudes and expectations towards public administration reform in Central and Eastern Europe", paper presented at the ASPA Annual Conference, Las Vegas, 2-6 March 2012

6.Junjan, Veronica, Diana-Camelia Iancu (2011), “Post EU accession reforms in Central and Eastern European countries: Who will (continue to) bother?, paper presented at the NISPAcee Conference “Public Administration of the Future”. The paper received the award for the Best Comparative Paper presented at the 19th NISPAcee Annual conference, Varna, Bulgaria, 2011