On Friday 20 May, the REDRESS team visited colleagues at Ghent University who are working on a research project on participatory local government in Belgium. Their focus is on the following questions: Are the roles of local politicians, citizens, civil servants and civil society organisations changing? Are the relations between these actors changing? Does an increase in citizen participation lead to a higher trust in local government and a better quality of local policy-making? It was an inspiring meeting, during which we exchanged different insights that help both projects further. More information about their project can be found here.