Professor Jacob Torfing

Visiting professor Jacob Torfing is an award-winning and decorated full professor in politics and institutions at Department of Social Sciences and Business, Roskilde University. He is the founder and director of the Roskilde School of Governance (previously known as the Centre for Democratic Network Governance). Recently, he was awarded the Danish degree of Doctor Scientiarum Administrationis. He is a scientific expert in the fields of network governance, co-creation, public innovation, policy reform, institutional theory, and discourse analysis. He has chaired the Danish Political Science Association (DPSA), been a long-term member of the Danish Social Science Research Council and served at the Executive Committee of the European Consortium of Political Research (ECPR). He has published 31 books and more than 350 journal articles, book chapters and research communications that together have generated more than 25,000 Google Scholar citations (h-index 63). He appears regularly in Danish mass media as a commentator on public sector reforms and is a passionate public speaker with more than 30 public talks per year on topics such as public governance, collaborative innovation, platforms for co-creation etc. He is currently the Professor of Roskilde University, Denmark and Nord University, Norway.He has been invited as visiting scholar at University of Vienna, Raboud University, University of Tromsø, University of Bodø, Hong Kong University, University of Sao Paolo, University of Nagoya, University of Vermont, University of California Irvine, and University of California Berkeley (several times). He has participated in many Danish and international research projects (total amount of external research funding exceeds 20 m. Euros and led the lion’s share of these projects.

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  • 2023 Rethinking Public Governance, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.
  • 2016 Collaborative Innovation in the Public Sector, Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press.
  • 2004 Det stille sporskifte i velfærdsstaten, Aarhus: Aarhus Universitetsforlag (’The silent revolution in the Danish welfare state’).
  • 1999 New Theories of Discourse; Laclau, Mouffe and Zizek, Oxford: Blackwell.


  • 2024 Robust Governance in Turbulent Times, Cambridge: Cabridge University Press. (with C. Ansell og E. Sørensen)
  • 2022 Co-creation for Sustainability: The UN’s SDGs and the Power of Local Partnership, Bingley: Emerald. (with C. Ansell og E. Sørensen)
  • 2022 A Research Agenda for Governance, Cheltenham. Edward Elgar. (with. B. G. Peter, J. Pierre and E. Sørensen)
  • 2020 Public Governance Paradigms: Competing and Co-existing, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar. (with L. B. Andersen, C. Greve and K. K. Klausen)
  • 2017 Offentlige styringsparadigmer: Konkurrence og sameksistens, Copenhagen: DJØF Publishers. (with L. B. Andersen, C. Greve and K. K. Klausen)


  • 2024 Advancing Co-creation in Local Governance: The Role of Coping Strategies and Constructive Hybridization, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar (with E. Sørensen and A. Røiseland)
  • 2017 New Public Governance på dansk, Copenhagen: Academic Publishers. (with P. Triantafillou)
  • 2017 Enhancing Innovation by Transforming Public Governance, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. (with P. Triantafillou)
  • 2017 Handbook on Theories of Governance, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar (with C. Ansell).
  • 2014 Public Innovation through Collaboration and Design, London: Routledge (with C. Ansell).


  • 2023 ‘COVID-19 induced governance transformation: How external shock may spur cross-organizational collaboration and trust-based management’, Public Administration, online first (with T. Ø. Bentzen)
  • 2022 ‘Co-creating ambitious climate change mitigation goals: The Copenhagen experience’, Regulation and Governance, 16(2), 572-587 (with E. Sørensen)
  • 2022 ’Bringing political science back into PA research’, Governance, online first (with J. Pierre, B. G. Peters, and E. Sørensen)
  • 2022 ‘Why we need the bricoleur to foster robust governance solutions in turbulent times’, Public Administration, online first (with M. B. Carstensen and E. Sørensen)