The academic backbone of the strategic theme ‘Institutions for Open Societies’ is formed by five themes. The responsibility for these themes is taken by experienced, first-rate researchers from Utrecht University, who will partner up with Designated Institutions Chairs. These designated chairs are young and talented research leaders, mainly attracted from outside Utrecht University, who have proven their excellence and potential to become first-class scholars, preferably at the cross road of disciplines.

prof. dr. Maarten Goos

Maarten Goos - Professor of Economics and Institutions

Maarten Goos is Full Professor of Economics and Institutions at the Utrecht University School of Economics (U.S.E.) Maarten‘s research focuses on various aspects of labor markets including job polarization, the impact of technological progress on labor markets, inequality, matching markets and education economics.  His award-winning research is published in numerous academic and professional journals, books  and  magazines.  He  is  a  regular  speaker  at  international  conferences  in  the  areas  of innovation, productivity, economic growth, labour markets and the ethical, legal, socio-economic and  political  consequences  of  ongoing  technological  progress.  Read more

prof. mr. Janneke Gerards

Janneke Gerards - Professor Fundamental rights law

The research conducted by Janneke Gerards focuses on fundamental rights, equal treatment law, judicial review and comparative public law. The interrelation of the European Convention on Human Rights, EU law and national law plays a central role in her research. She also publishes on the future effectiveness of the European Court of Human Rights, the development of fundamental rights by the Court of Justice of the European Union, and general notions and principles of fundamental rights law. Read more

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Prof. Arnout van de Rijt

Arnout van de Rijt - Professor of Institutions & Sociology

Prof. Arnout van de Rijt holds the joint designated chair Sociology and Institutions with Vincent Buskens and Wojtek Przepiorka since 1 January 2016. The designated chair is part of Utrecht University’s strategic theme of 'Institutions for Open Societies', with the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences' Sociology Department. His research focuses on institutions that keep track of past transactions, performances and evaluations: credit scores, restaurant reviews, online seller ratings, criminal records, curriculum vitae, and bestseller lists. While such reputation systems may aid the identification of quality organizations, products, and people, they also facilitate success-breeds-success processes that may reinforce and exacerbate misplaced differentiation, whereby an inferior but initially popular choice is increasingly favored over a superior but less popular alternative. The key objective in his research is identifying the institutional conditions under which such decoupling of popularity from quality may occur.

Prof. Erwin Bulte Photo: Guy Ackermans

Erwin Bulte - Professor of Institutions and Development

Prof. Erwin Bulte holds the new chair in Institutions and Development within the Utrecht University School of Economics (USE) since 1 September 2014. Utrecht University's designated chair in Institutions and Development is unique in the Netherlands and designed to strengthen both the U.S.E.'s economic research profile and UU's university strategic theme of 'Institutions for Open Societies'. In addition to his appointment at UU, Bulte also holds a professorship at Wageningen University, is a Fellow at both Cambridge and Oxford and a member of the CGIAR's Standing Panel on Impact Assessment (SPIA). In April 2014, the Dutch journal De Economist named him the Netherlands' top economist. Read more

Prof. Vincent Buskens
Prof. Vincent Buskens

Vincent Buskens - Professor of Sociology and Institutions

Prof. Vincent Buskens holds the joint designated chair Sociology and Institutions with Wojtek Przepiorka and is the coordinator of the Institutions for Cooperation, Self-regulation and Collective Action pillar within the ‘Institutions for Open Societies’ strategic theme. Furthermore, he is Professor of Theoretical Sociology at the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences. His most prominent research encompasses the various forms of cooperation within our society. In addition, on a more specific level, he conducts research into the influence of social networks on cooperation. Read more

Prof. Belle Derks

Belle Derks – Professor of Psychological Perspectives on Organisational Behaviour within Institutions for Open Societies

Prof. Belle Derks holds the new chair  “Psychological perspectives on organisational behaviour within institutions” since 1 Februari 2015. The designated chair is part of Utrecht University’s strategic theme of 'Institutions for Open Societies', with the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences' Social and Organisational Psychology department. Derks previously served as Associate Professor at Leiden University's Social and Organisational Psychology department. She specialises in issues such as stereotyping, discrimination, collective action and women's careers. Read more

Wojtek Przepiorka - Assistant Professor of Sociology and Institutions

Dr. Wojtek Przepiorka holds the joint designated chair Sociology and Institutions with Vincent Buskens. Furthermore, he is Assistant Professor at the Department of Sociology and ICS. His main research interests lie in organisational behaviour, analytical and economic sociology and quantitative methodology, in particular experimental methods. Read more

Judith van Erp
Prof. Judith van Erp

Judith van Erp – Professor of Public Institutions

Prof. Judith van Erp holds the new chair ‘Public Institutions’ since 1 April 2015. The designated chair is part of Utrecht University's strategic theme of 'Institutions for Open Societies' at the Faculty of Law, Economics and Governance at Utrecht University. Van Erp will be engaged primarily within the research pillar of Institutions for Democratic Governance, Citizenship and Trust. She will be researching cooperation between public and private supervisory bodies in preventing and combating complex forms of crime and unethical behaviour in institutional settings. Read more

Prof. dr. Beatrice de Graaf
Prof. Beatrice de Graaf

Beatrice de Graaf - Professor of History of International Relations & Global Governance

Prof. Beatrice de Graaf holds the new chair in History of International Relations & Global Governance since 1 February 2014. De Graaf is a leading expert in the field of terrorism, conflict and security. She is a well-known researcher and discussion partner for governmental and societal institutions and the media. Read more

Prof. Rob Raven

Rob Raven - Professor of Institutions and Societal Transitions

Prof. Rob Raven holds the chair Institutions and Societal Transitions since 1 September 2014. The designated chair is part of Utrecht University's strategic theme of 'Institutions for Open Societies', the Innovation Studies research group and the Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development. Furthermore, he currently chairs the NWO Energy Transitions research program and is a regular contributor to training programs for transition professionals, including at Erasmus University Rotterdam and the Climate-KIC. Read more

Prof. dr. Ingrid Robeyns
Prof. Ingrid Robeyns

Ingrid Robeyns - Professor of Ethics of Institutions

Prof. Ingrid Robeyns holds the new chair in Ethics of Institutions since 1 March 2014. She is also the chair of the Chamber Ethics/Practical Philosophy of the Dutch Research School of Philosophy (OZSW). Until early 2014 she was a professor of Practical Philosophy at the Faculty of Philosophy, Erasmus University Rotterdam and the Director of the OZSW. Read more