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Transparency and Governance Center


The Transparency and Governance Center (TGC) in the School of Public Affairs and Administration (SPAA) focuses on programming, research, and projects related to public sector transparency and governance at both the local and global levels. TGC understands that governments have an obligation to inclusively give citizens the opportunity to play a part in decision-making.

TGC is committed to meaningfully addressing complex problems that fall at the intersection of transparency, democratic accountability, and technology by conducting sound scientific research that is of practical relevance. We believe the best way to do this is to bring diverse groups of practitioners and scholars together to discuss their work and form collaborations.

Leadership actively engages in scholarly and practitioner communities that focus on issues of transparency, technology, and governance by attending conferences, organizing events, and publishing journal articles, books, and reports. Recent publications from TGC include:

Smart and Connected Cities Project Meeting July 2022

Currently, TGC Director Professor Piotrowski and Associate Director Professor Porumbescu are Co-Principal Investigators on a three-year $2.3 million Smart and Connected Communities project funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF).  The project is focused on working collaboratively with the City of Newark and Newark residents to advance digital public services. Read more about the collaboration here.

Both Professors Porumbescu and Piotrowski published new books in 2022: 

  • Greg Porumbescu, Albert Meijer, and Stephan Grimmelikhuijsen. (2022) Government Transparency: State of the Art and New PerspectivesCambridge Elements Public Policy series.
  • Piotrowski, Suzanne, Daniel Berliner, and Alex Ingrams (December 2022) The Power of Partnership in Open Government: Multistakeholder Governance Reform and the Open Government PartnershipMIT Press Information Policy Series (open access)