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Jean-Patrick Villeneuve


Jean-Patrick Villeneuve is associate professor in Public Communication and Management at the Università della Svizzera italiana (USI) since January 2014. He is Director of the Institute for Public Communication and Co-Director of the Master programme Public Management and Policy (offered in collaboration with the University of Lausanne and the University of Berne). He is Director of the Governance Stream of the Middle East Mediterranean Summer Summit (MEM). He is also Adjunct Professor of Public Management at the Ecole nationale d’Administration publique (Québec, Canada), Visiting Professor at the University of International Business and Economics (UIBE - 对外经济贸易大学 Beijing, China) and Member of the Independent Expert Panel of the Open Government Partnership (Washington D.C., USA).


His research is structured around three main topics: 1) transparency and openness in public organisations; 2) gambling policies and society; and 3) relationships and communication between citizens and public administrations. In all three areas of research, he has positioned himself as one of the leaders in the community by leading projects, generating publications as well as organising top level academic conferences and established a number research groups and associations.

His research has been funded by various institutions, notably by the Swiss National Science Foundation and the European Science Foundation. He has published in a number of top level academic journals (Government Information Quarterly, International Review of Administrative Sciences, European Journal of Risk Regulation, Gaming Law Review, etc.) and with leading publishing houses (Routledge, Springer, etc.). He is member of various journal board and academic associations.

He holds a Ph.D. in Public Administration from the Swiss Graduate School of Public Administration/HEC Lausanne (Switzerland), an M.Phil. from Cambridge University (United Kingdom), an M.A. from Concordia University (Canada) and a B.A. from McGill University (Canada).

Before joining USI, Prof. Villeneuve has worked for the United Nations (International Civil Aviation Organisation, International Labour Organisation) and Canadian public organisations (Federal Ministry of Transport, Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs, House of Commons). He works regularly with public institution at the local, national and international level.

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