Transforming into Open, Innovative and Collaborative Governments

New blog post: Comparing to Improve – Examining the Impact of Collaboration


TROPICO is a research project in the field of public administration. Running from June 2017 to November 2021, it has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research programme. 

TROPICO investigates how public administrations are transformed into open, innovative and collaborative governments. With a better understanding of this transformation, collaboration in policy design and service delivery can be enhanced, advancing the participation of public, private and societal actors. The development of information and communication technologies (ICT) and the process of digitalisation offer new prospects for such transformation, and for a more efficient, transparent and effective government. 

In our researchwe analyse collaboration in and by governments, with a special emphasis on the use of ICT, and its consequences from a comparative perspective. We examine ten countries, representing different administrative traditions: Anglo-Saxon (the United Kingdom), Central and Eastern European (Estonia, Hungary), Continental (Germany, the Netherlands), Napoleonic (Belgium – mixed, France, Spain) and Nordic (Denmark, Norway). 

Our research is conducted by a Consortium composed of twelve partners from nine countries, representing a range of excellent universities and research organisations. The project team consists of more than 40 researchers.  

  • University of Bergen, Norway  Coordinator 
  • Cardiff University, UK 
  • Central European University, Hungary 
  • Erasmus University Rotterdam, the Netherlands 
  • Hertie School, Germany 
  • KU Leuven, Belgium
  • Roskilde University, Denmark 
  • Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia 
  • The French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS)/ Grenoble Institute of Political Studies, France (2017-2019)
  • University of Antwerp, Belgium 
  • University of Louvain, Belgium (2019- )
  • University of Potsdam, Germany
  • University of Zaragoza, Spain 

For policy recommendations check out our policy briefs; our scientific papers are available in the Publications section; and for the ongoing research see our blog and subscribe for the newsletter.  

Work Packages

Our scientific work packages will elaborate thematically and methodologically on aspects of this overall four-pillared set-up.


TROPICO is present at various events, involving academics and practitioners. Find out more here…


TROPICO publishes its results regularly, via TROPICO policy briefs, TROPICO research reports and academic papers. Find out more here…


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Our online case study repository gives access to all our empirical research in a condensed format.


TROPICO research is presented and discussed at various events, ranging from internal project meetings to academic conferences and meetings with practitioners across Europe. If you are interested in our presentation materials or want to know more, please contact

TROPICO Final Event Session 1

15. Nov 2021
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Central or decentralised organisation – how to make digitalisation work?

TROPICO Final Event Session 2

15. Nov 2021
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Involving citizens in policy design processes

TROPICO Final Event Session 3

16. Nov 2021
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Session on innovative public services and collaborating with the private sector


TROPICO is composed of twelve partners from ten countries, representing a range of excellent universities and research organisations and each bringing a unique and essential expertise to build an effective organisation of the project and to bring the idea of TROPICO to life.



TROPICO Kick-Off Meeting

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