Bernard holds an MA in Ancient History and an MSc in Public Administration from Radboud University Nijmegen. After an internship at the Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice, he began working for Leiden University as a lecturer and a PhD-candidate. For his research, Bernard works in close corporation with the municipality of The Hague, focusing on uncertainty and the role it plays in the performance of professionals in the social welfare teams in this municipality. In this way, his research contributes to a better understanding of the way the public sector is organized in Europe at the local level and how this impacts public professionals and citizens. Bernard furthermore teaches courses on public management in both the Public Administration Bachelor and Master programmes at Leiden University.