Prof. dr. Trudie Knijn

Martinus J. Langeveldgebouw
Heidelberglaan 1
3584 CS Utrecht

Prof. dr. Trudie Knijn

Emeritus Professor
Interdisciplinary Social Science
Completed Projects
ETHOS - Towards a European Theory of Justice and Fairness 02.01.2017 to 01.01.2020
General project description

ETHOS is a Horizon2020 project developed to create a new integrative perspective on justice and fairness. ETHOS does so by:

  • Combining conceptualizations of justice within various disciplines (philosophy, sociology, law, economy, political science) and various schools of thought (including liberal tradition, republican tradition and communitarian tradition);
  • Bridging a gap between the theoretical and the empirical reflections of justice and fairness, where 'empirical' encompasses data on the discursive construction of justice in Europe, institutionalization of justice in laws, subjective experiences of (in)justice in various social domains (media, education, politics and daily life experiences) and on (non-)institutional struggles for justice.
  • By accommodating multiple voices of vulnerable populations via communicative tools, workshops, focus group meetings, policy briefs, and the interactive European Landscapes of Justice. ETHOS will reach a deliberative process of attuning seemingly antagonistic voices in a harmonious concert, reflecting the mutual understanding of a European theory of justice and fairness.

In ETHOS six Research Institutions cooperate: Utrecht University (UU, Utrecht, The Netherlands, coordinator), Europäisches Trainings und Forschungszentrum für Menschenrechte und Demokratie (ETC, Graz, Austria), Kozep-Europai Egyetem (CEU, Budapest, Hungary), Centro de Estudos Sociais (CES, Coimbra, Portugal), Bogaziçi University (BU, Istanbul, Turkey) and the University of Bristol (UoB, Bristol, United Kingdom).

Project Leader
EU grant
Project members UU
bEUcitizen 01.05.2013 to 01.05.2017
General project description

About bEUcitizen

The project set out to identify, investigate, discuss and ameliorate the barriers to the active use of EU citizenship rights (and knowledge of duties). The insights were developed by studying citizenship from different disciplines: law, political science, social sciences, history, philosophy, public administration and economics.

The research has been conducted by eminent researchers from 26 institutions situated in 19 countries in Europe and outside. It was coordinated by Utrecht University, with Frans van Waarden and Sybe de Vries as principal coordinators. See for more information the bEUcitizen website.


EU grant
External project members
  • prof dr Martin Seeleib-Kaiser

Areas of Interest

  • Family relations and family policy, lone parent families, fatherhood
  • Professional and informal care, payments for care
  • New governance and the implementation of social policy
  • Comparative welfare state analysis in care and welfare
  • Evaluation of Interventions in the Netherlands and South Africa

Current research projects


  • ETHOS, Towards a European Theory of Justice and Fairness (Horizon2020)