Agnes Akkerman is Professor of Labor Market Institutions and Labor Relations in the Department of Economics at the Radboud University Nijmegen. She is one of The Netherlands’ leading sociologists in the eld of policy networks, corporatism, and industrial relations, and was a visiting fellow at Cornell University in 2011. In her NWO VICI project (2016), she investigates how and why employers suppress the expression of dissatisfaction by employees, and what kind of spillover effects this has for their cooperative behavior within and outside of the organization. Her multiple award-winning research has appeared in top journals in the eld of Sociology, Political Science and Public Administration.


From 2015 to 2020 Agnes Akkerman was the James Coleman Professor of Sustainable Cooperation in Collective Labor Relations in the Department of Sociology at the University of Groningen. 

Mark Bovens is a professor of Public Administration at Utrecht University, and a member of the Scientific Council for Government Policy (WRR) in The Hague. He was co-founder and research director (1999-2013) of the Utrecht University School of Governance, which is one of Europe’s leading centers for Public Administration. From 2006-2012, he was an honorary Adjunct Professor in the Department of Political Science at the ANU in Canberra. He is currently a member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW). Bovens’ main research interests are the success and failure of governance, public accountability, democratic institutions, and political resilience. He has published 10 monographs and 11 edited volumes with top academic publishers (amongst others, Oxford UP, Cambridge UP, Edward Elgar, and Amsterdam UP), as well as over a hundred articles and book chapters.

Belle Derks is Professor of Psychological Perspectives on Organizational Behavior within Institutions at Utrecht University’s Department of Social and Organizational Psychology. In 2016 she was elected member of the Young Academy of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences. In her NWO VIDI (2015) project, she examines how members of different ethnic and gender groups work together in organizations, and how community and family responsibilities impact career development. She combines psychological (motivation, self-esteem), physiological (cardiovascular), and neural (EEG/ERP) mechanisms to model the impact of stereotyping on the performance and career success of members of socially devalued groups in work and educational settings.

Pearl Dykstra is Professor of Empirical Sociology at Erasmus University Rotterdam since 2009. Before 2009, she was Professor of Kinship Demography at Utrecht University, and Senior Scientist at the Netherlands Interdisciplinary Demographic Institute in The Hague. Dykstra is an internationally recognized specialist on demographic change, changes in family constellations, and intergenerational solidarity. She acquired funding for a number of large-scale projects, such as the Netherlands Kinship Panel Study (NWO Large Investments 2002-2014), EU 7th framework programs MULTILINKS (2008-2011), Changing Families and Sustainable Societies (2013-2017), Families In Context (ERC-Advanced Grant 2012), and ODISSEI (Open Data Infrastructure for Social Science and Economic Innovations (NWO Roadmap 2020-2024). She was elected member (2004) and vice president (2011) of the KNAW, and fellow of the Gerontological Society of America (2010). In 2015, Pearl Dykstra became Chief Scientific Advisor to the European Commission.

Andreas Flache is Professor of Sociology specializing in modeling norms and networks in the Department of Sociology, University of Groningen. He leads developments in the application of formal agent-based computational and game theoretical modeling to study cooperation problems in relation to social network dynamics and ethnic diversity. His award winning theoretical and empirical research (Anatol Rapoport Best Paper Award, 2012; Evolution, Biology, and Society Section best article award 2007-2011), combining experimental and applied methodologies, was funded by, among others, NWO VIDI (2005-2010) and KNAW research fellowship grants (1999-2004). His work has appeared in flagship journals including Science, the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, and the American Journal of Sociology. 

Pauline Kleingeld holds the Endowed Chair of Philosophy focusing on ethics and its history at the University of Groningen. In 2014, she was elected as a member of the KNAW and the Royal Holland Society of Sciences and Humanities (KHMW). Her research tackles the intersection between ethics, cosmopolitism in past and present, and moral psychology. In her current research, she studies the implications of empirical psychological research for the study of ethics, in particular moral obligations. She acquired NWO grants for her work on the philosophical implications of empirical studies on moral agency (2009-2014), Kant on morality (2011-2015), and moral relevance and weakness of will (2012-2016). Her book on Kant and Cosmopolitanism: The Philosophical Ideal of World Citizenship (Cambridge University Press, 2012) received the North American Kant Association Biennial Book Prize. In September 2020, Pauline Kleingeld was awarded the Spinoza Prize. The NWO Spinoza Prize of 2.5 million euros is the highest award in Dutch science.

Tine De Moor is Professor of Social Enterprise & Institutions for Collective Action at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM). and President of the International Association for the Study of the Commons. Her groundbreaking research on commons, cooperatives, and guilds set new standards in our understanding of the long-term dynamics and consequences of such institutions (ERC Starting grant, 2009). She received a VIDI grant (2013) to examine the provision of collective elderly care institutions in early modern Europe and their impact on life expectancy. She actively engages with current societal debates, particularly in relation to her work on the development of the European Marriage Pattern and its consequences for social and economic growth in Europe. She was elected member of the European Young Academy in 2013 and the Dutch Young Academy in 2014. 

Jan-Willem Romeijn is Professor of the Philosophy of Science in the Faculty of Philosophy at the University of Groningen. He is an expert on scientific methodology and has extensive experience with interdisciplinary research through collaborations with a wide variety of disciplines in the humanities and the social sciences. His research focuses on statistical inference and model selection. Romeijn has a specific interest in how statistical results can be translated between scientific disciplines. Other relevant research interests include collective decision making and data-driven research in the humanities. Romeijn has received prestigious grants for research into network modelling (VENI 2007) and statistical inference (VIDI 2011), and he regularly provides advice on collective decision-making in the judicial system. 

Peer Scheepers is Professor of Comparative Methodology at the Faculty of Social Sciences of Radboud University Nijmegen. He previously was Endowed Professor of Ethnic Relationships (1994-2002), acted as Director of Scientific Research (2003-2008, and 2011-2015), and became the Faculty’s Vice Dean in 2013. He is an elected member of the KNAW since 2004. From 2002-2006, he served as a National Coordinator on behalf of the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research for the European Social Survey. He has successfully supervised 35 PhDs to completion, and currently acts as supervisor to another 7 PhD students. He has published extensively on the subject of comparisons between and explanations for pro- and anti-social behaviors in high-ranking journals. He has a Google scholar index of 55 (over 11.000 citations).

Linda Steg is Professor of Psychology at the University of Groningen. She publishes in the most coveted scientific outlets, such as Science, Nature Climate Change, Nature Sustainability and Nature Energy, and has a Google Scholar H of 79 (34.588 citations). She has received over 6 million funding for research projects from NWO, the EU, and industry. In multidisciplinary teams, she studies what motivates people to act sustainably, thereby particularly considering the role of intrinsic motivation. She regularly serves as an expert consultant for policy makers and practitioners on strategies and conditions for behavioral change, relating to environmental policies and sustainable energy use. She was Scientific Director of the Kurt Lewin Institute (the national graduate school in Social Psychology) and was elected president of the Division Environmental Psychology of the International Association of Applied Psychology. She is ranked by Thomson Reuters as one of the “world’s most influential scientific minds” within the category “Social Sciences – General”. Linda Steg was awarded Knight of the Order of the Netherlands Lion in 2019. In 2020, she was awarded the Stevin Prize, one of the most prominent awards in the world of science in the Netherlands.

Frank van Tubergen is Professor of Theoretical and Empirical Sociology at Utrecht University’s Department of Sociology. He is internationally renowned for his work on migration, religion, and social networks. He pioneered the creation of large-scale cross-national, multi-level panel datasets to study migrant social networks and interethnic relations. Using a novel approach, he considers both real world and virtual (online) communities. His multiple award-winning research has been funded by, among others, the NWO VIDI (2009) and European Commission’s Horizon 2020 (2015); he has been published in sociology’s flagship journals, including the American Journal of Sociology, American Sociological Review, and European Sociological Review. He was elected member of the Young Academy and the European Academy of Sociology in 2011, and won the first prestigious KNAW Ammodo Award in 2015. 

Jan Luiten van Zanden is Faculty Professor of Global Economic History at Utrecht University, Honorary Angus Maddison Professor at the University of Groningen, and Honorary Professor at Stellenbosch University, South Africa. In 2011 the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) awarded him the Academy Professor prize, and in 2003, he received the Spinoza Award, the highest academic distinction in the Netherlands. He has published on the development of cooperation in organizations (such as Royal Dutch Shell and RABO bank). He is an expert on the history of social inequality and the long-run roots of economic development. His work increasingly stresses the micro-foundations of development, particularly found in the forms of cooperation within families. He is one of the founders of CLARIAH, which connects and provides access to structured datasets containing socio-economic and demographic data. His international colleagues elected him as honorary president of the International Economic History Association, which he led for several years. 


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