13 March 2018 from 12:45 to 17:00

‘Kick-off’ event IOS Platform Markets and Corporations in Open Societies

‘The public and the private – changing responsibilities in open societies?’

The newly-established research group (November 2017) IOS Platform Markets and Corporations in Open Societies welcomes all IOS scholars to their first official event. This event is open to all IOS scholars at Utrecht University, as well as practitioners interested in the relations between public and private organizations in 21st century markets.

Markets and corporations are key institutions in modern society. Yet, relations between markets, corporations and the state are changing, and new configurations are emerging. How can they meet the challenges of the 21st century and contribute to open, free and democratic societies?

The IOS Platform Markets and Corporations in Open Societies is a research group that aims to study these questions by bundling insights from various angles (law, economics, governance, history, philosophy, social and geo-sciences) into an interdisciplinary effort to better understand markets and corporations. It does so in close cooperation with practitioners from corporations, public regulators, private networks and NGOs, so as to establish a platform in which first-hand experience and academic reflection mutually reinforce each other.

The event aims to set an agenda and establish collaborative relations for research and knowledge transfer for the Platform. Academics and practitioners are invited to contribute ideas, questions, and expertise.

Two keynote speakers from civil society will identify new trends and innovative models for public and private governance. During our kick-off event, two keynote speakers will identify new trends and models for public and private governance. During the workshops that will follow, academics and practitioners are invited to share experiences and exchange ideas about specific challenges. 



Welcome, coffee and tea


Opening; chair & Introduction of Markets and Corporations in Open Societies – Judith van Erp, professor of Public Institutions.


Keynote speeches:

  • Anne Scheltema Beduin, director Transparency International - the Netherlands – [title t.b.a.]
    ‘The modern lobby: transparent interactions between public and private actors’
  • Wietse van der Werf, founder & executive director, Sea Rangers – [title t.b.a.] 
    ‘Sea Rangers: Turning global problems into each other's solutions’
  • Reflection – Judith van Erp



Interactive workshops (parallel sessions), introduced by Anna Gerbrandy


Forum and plenary discussion of results from keynotes & parallel sessions

Chaired by Rutger Claassen, associate professor of ethics & political philosophy, with forum members Bernard Wientjes (former director VNO/NCW), Sylvia Borren (former director Greenpeace) and Alex Brenninkmeijer (member of the European Court of Auditors & former national ombudsman).



This event is funded by strategic theme Institutions for Open Societies (IOS).

Start date and time
13 March 2018 12:45
End date and time
13 March 2018 17:00