Affiliated Chairs and Researchers

REBO/RGL Alex Brenninkmeijer
Prof. Alex Brenninkmeijer

Alex Brenninkmeijer

Prof. Alex Brenninkmeijer is Professor of The Rule of Law’s Institutional Aspects at the Faculty of Law, Economics and Governance. Brenninkmeijer will be affiliated with the research pillar Institutions for Democratic Governance, Citizenship and Trust. He was the National Ombudsman from October 2005 to January 2014 when he became a member of the European Court of Auditors. He has ample experience in monitoring public administration. He is a trailblazer in the field of conflict resolution and mediation. He specializes in the area of good relations between citizens and government, conflict analysis and methods of conflict resolution and justice.

Javier A. Couso
Prof. Javier A. Couso

Javier A. Couso

Prof. Javier A. Couso is Prince Claus Chair of Development and Equity at Utrecht University since 1 September 2014. During the next two years, he will be conducting comparative law research in collaboration with scholars at Utrecht University. Couso is a specialist in the field of sociology of law and comparative law, with a focus on constitutional issues in Latin American countries including Chile, Mexico, Nicaragua and Peru. His areas of interest include judicial independence and human rights. Furthermore, he is professor and director of the Constitutional Law programme at the Universidad Diego Portales in Santiago, Chile.

Agnes Jongerius

Drs. Agnes Jongerius is affiliated researcher for strategic theme Institutions for Open Societies. She focuses her research on the better involvement of citizens in the "redesign of Europe’. In order to do so she works with Utrecht’s public administrators, lawyers and historians dealing with European issues. Jongerius also want to contribute to (the debate on) the future of the pension system. Therefore she cooperates with the SCP and IISG. Jongerius studied social and economic history in Utrecht.

Drs. René Grotenhuis

René Grotenhuis

Drs. René Grotenhuis recently joined the Institutions network. As former CEO of Cordaid - one of the largest Dutch civil society organisations for development cooperation - his contribution will focus on the role of civil society in a globalising world. The main question: Is civil society part of the institutional framework of the future?

Prof. Lex Heerma van Voss

Lex Heerma van Voss

Prof. Lex Heerma van Voss is Professor of History of Social Security at Utrecht University endowed by Instituut GAK. Furthermore he is the General Director for The Huygens Institute. His other research interests include the comparative global long term history of occupations (dockers, textile workers) and the history of the North Sea area in the Early Modern Period, especially the influence of the Dutch Republic as the first modern economy in this area.

Meike Bokhorst

Drs. Meike Bokhorst is associate researcher within the Institutions for Open Societies theme. Bokhorst investigates the relations between inspectorates, citizens and organisations. She works as a senior research fellow at the Netherlands Scientific Council for Government Policy. Bokhorst studied philosophy, journalism and political sciences and wrote a phd-thesis on the legitimacy of alternative regulation. She writes articles about selfregulation, ownership and selforganisation.

Prof. Stijn Ruiter

Stijn Ruiter

Prof. Stijn Ruiter is Professor of Social and Spatial Aspects of Deviant Behavior at the department of Sociology. Stijn Ruiter studies social and spatial aspects of criminal and other deviant behavior. His research strengthens the collaboration between the Faculty of Social and Behavioral Sciences of Utrecht University and the Netherlands Institute for the Study of Crime and Law Enforcement (NSCR), a national research institute of the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). Stijn Ruiter is senior researcher at NSCR.

Paul Schnabel
Prof. Paul Schnabel

Paul Schnabel

Prof. Paul Schnabel is Distinguished University Professor at Utrecht University. Schnabels research focusses on politics and society in historical perspective. He was director of the Social Cultural Planning office (SCP) between 2006 and 2013. Schnabel studied sociology in Utrecht and Bielefeld, completing his doctorate in Rotterdam. He is a member of numerous advisory committees, and is an active columnist for the national newspapers NRC Handelsblad and Het Financieele Dagblad.

REBO/RGL Bernard Wientjes
Prof. Bernard Wientjes

Bernard Wientjes

Prof. Bernard Wientjes is Professor of Entrepreneurship and Leadership at the Utrecht University School of Economics. From 2005 to July 2014 he was the chairman for the Confederation of Netherlands Industry and Employers (known as VNO-NCW), the largest employers’ organisation in the Netherlands. This professorship was established to promote the practical skills of students in entrepreneurship and leadership.