Webinar on Administrative Capacity-Building and Trust

The third EPRC webinar of the 2023 Autumn semester was held on 13 December (11:00 – 12:00 UK) over Zoom, with Maria Varinia Michalun (OECD’s Centre for Entrepreneurship, SMEs, Regions and Cities) presenting on “Administrative Capacity-Building and Trust”.

Maria-Varinia Michalun focused on the territorial differences in trust in government and the role that effective administrative capacity can play in helping mitigate the impact of these differences. The discussion started with an introduction to OECD findings on three main socio-economic factors that affect regional levels of trust. It then highlighted how building administrative capacity is an important tool to help address the high costs associated with inaction vis-à-vis institutional trust. Michalun ended with some initial insights for policy action at the national, regional and investment-fund management levels.


Maria-Varinia Michalun leads the team dedicated to governance and strategic planning for regional development in the OECD’s Centre for Entrepreneurship, SMEs, Regions and Cities. Varinia contributes to policy dialogue on the role of multi-level governance in thematic areas such as industrial transition, administrative capacity building, disaster risk management, public service delivery and citizen well-being. She also works with national and subnational governments to reinforce their strategic planning and policy implementation capacity. Varinia holds a Master’s in Public Affairs from Sciences-Po Paris and received her undergraduate degree in international economics from Georgetown University, School of Foreign Service, in Washington, DC.


Michalun’s presentation can be accessed here, and the webinar recording can be viewed on the EPRC’s YouTube page here.

Future EPRC webinars will delve into sustainability, regional policy and development topics.

If you would like to attend, watch out for updates and registrations by following @eprc_eu on Twitter, European Policies Research Centre on LinkedIn, or register for our webinar mailing list via marina.murray@strath.ac.uk.

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