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Consortium Members

Sanne Akkerman (Female – UU – Educational Sciences – appointed in 2016 – ERC Starting Grant)

Sanne Akkerman is Professor of Educational Sciences at Utrecht University as of 2018. Before then, she was Professor of Higher Education at Leiden University. Her research centres around people’s multiplicity of interests and diversity in social participation and consequent challenges for student and professional learning trajectories. She is well-known for her work on crossing disciplinary boundaries for creating new professional identities, including a literature synthesis (2011) that belongs to the 1% most cited publications in the field of Social Sciences. She received a PhD (2006) with judicium cum laude and an ERC Starting Grant (2016) to examine adolescents’ challenges in having diverging interests and conflicting social support and subsequent choices in school and early career. Akkerman won the European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction (EARLI) Best Publication Award (2017). She is member of the Netherland Educational Research Council (NRO) Taskforce Youth to prepare a scientific agenda on youth research.


Regina Bernhaupt (Female – TU/e – Design Technology – appointed in 2007 – affecting 120 million people with her designs)

Regina Bernhaupt is Professor of Dynamic Real Life Systems at the Technical University Eindhoven since 2017 and User Experience Research Director at Ruwido Design Firm in Austria. Before then she was associated reseaercher at the Informatics Research Institute of the University of Toulouse. Her research focus is on how to evaluate technologies during all design and development phases – from idea generation to product deployment. Bernhaupt’s background is in artificial intelligence, computer science, and psychology. She has worked in various EU-funded projects with both public and private partners on new interaction technologies. Her book on Games User Experience Evaluation (Springer) is a citation classic. Her work on interaction concepts in industry has received 4 patents and over 12 prestigious Red Dot awards, including the Best of the Best for TICTACTILE in 2017. Her research on interaction technologies integrate decision making processes and related behaviour. Moreover, Bernhaupt has extensive experience in testing prototypes and propositions on a large scale in everyday life; her designs have eventually reached 120 million people. She is vice president of the executive committee of ACM SIGCHI, the premier international society for human-computer interaction (HCI) and editor for special issues for the Interacting with Computers Journal.


Mark Bovens (Male – UU – Public Administration – appointed in 1997 – WRR – KNAW – KHMW)

Mark Bovens is Professor of Public Administration at Utrecht University, and 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 ranked 8th in Public Administration in the 2017 Centre for World University Ranking. From 2006-2012, he was also an honorary Professor in the Department of Political Science at the ANU in Canberra. He is a member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) and the Royal Holland Society of Sciences and Humanities (KHMW). In 2013 he was the first Dutch scholar to be elected into the US National Academy of Public Administration. He has published 10 monographs and 11 edited volumes with top academic publishers (Oxford UP, Cambridge UP, Edward Elgar, and Amsterdam UP), as well as over a hundred articles and book chapters. As a member of the WRR, he was responsible for the highly influential report Weten is nog geen doen (2017), which applies behavioural insights to legal and social policy.


Robert Dur (Male – EUR – Economics – appointed in 2011 – NWO Innovation Grant – Tinbergen Institute – CESifo – IZA Bonn)

Robert Dur is Professor of Economics at Erasmus University Rotterdam and research fellow at the Tinbergen Institute, the Center for Economic Studies CESifo in Munich, and the Institute of Labor Economics IZA Think Tank in Bonn. He is academic partner in the Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis (CPB) and held visiting professor positions at the universities of Bocconi, Munich, and Vienna. His research focuses on the question of how people’s lifetime decisions (such as educational or career choices) and day-to-day choices (such as consumption and savings) are affected by (non) monetary incentives. His research in behavioral economics, including large-scale field experiments together with private companies and public-sector organizations, has been published in international top journals (American Economic Review, Economic Journal, Journal of Labor Economics, and Management Science). He obtained a NWO Innovation grant (Vernieuwingsimpuls, 2000) and won several awards (including the Erasmus School of Economics Societal Impact Award in 2016). He serves on several Editorial Boards, including The Leadership Quarterly and the Journal of Behavioral Public Administration.


Pearl Dykstra (Female – EUR – Sociology – appointed in 2002 – ERC advanced grant – KNAW – Academia Europaea  – Chief Scientific Advisor European Commission)

Pearl Dykstra was appointed as Professor of Empirical Sociology at Erasmus University Rotterdam in 2009. Before then, 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 appraised 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), and Families In Context (ERC-Advanced Grant 2012). She is an elected member of the KNAW (2004) and served as vice president (2011-2016), and fellow of the Gerontological Society of America (2010), and elected member of Academia Europaea. She was appointed to the group of Chief Scientific Advisors of the European Commission in 2015 and currently serves as its deputy chair.


Michael Faure (Male – EUR/Maastricht University – Law and Economics – appointed in 1991 – KNAW)

Michael Faure is Professor of Comparative Private Law and Economics at Erasmus University Rotterdam and scientific director of the European Doctorate in Law and Economics program. He is also Professor of Comparative and International Environmental Law at Maastricht University and scientific director of the Maastricht European Institute for Transnational Legal Research as well as scientific director of the international Ius Commune Research School. He has published more than 150 articles in international law reviews as well as many books and edited volumes with renowned international publishers with a focus on consumer law and environmental issues. Faure has acquired several NWO funded projects, including Shifts in Governance (2004–2006). He received the Senior Scholar Award from the IUCN Academy of Environmental Law (2013) and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the European Association of Law & Economics (2016). He is board member of the European Centre of Tort and Insurance Law in Vienna and member of the Netherlands Royal Academy of Arts and Sciences.


Jean-Paul Fox (Male – Twente University – Data Science – appointed in 2013 – VENI – VIDI)

Jean-Paul Fox is Professor of Research Methodology and research fellow in the Institute for Innovation and Governance Studies at Twente University. He is an internationally appraised specialist on Bayesian psychometric models for clustered data and Bayesian response models for large-scale survey data. His early work was awarded with the International Psychometric Society Dissertation Award (2001). He acquired prestigious funding for his research with a VENI (2004) and VIDI (2007) grant from the Netherlands Scientific Council NWO. Fox published a highly acclaimed monograph on Bayesian Item Response Modeling (Springer, 2010) that attracted worldwide attention. He is associate editor of two flagship methodological journals (British Journal of Mathematical and Statistical Psychology and Journal of Educational and Behavioral Statistics) and member of the Young Academy of Twente University. Fox is board member of the social sciences section of the Netherlands Society for Statistics and of the Interuniversity Graduate School of Psychometrics and Sociometrics.


Janneke Gerards (Female – UU – Law – appointed in 2005 – VIDI – KNAW – KHMW)

Janneke Gerards is Professor of Fundamental Rights Law at Utrecht University since 2016 and director of the Montaigne Research Centre for Rule of Law and Administration of Justice. She is also dean of the Legal Research Master. Her research focuses on conceptual fundamental rights issues, judicial argumentation and the rule of law. The interrelation of the European Convention on Human Rights, EU law and national law plays a central role in her research, which is published widely (inter)nationally. In 2006, she obtained a VIDI grant for her research into the interpretation of fundamental rights. She has also acquired Open Competition and Research Talent grants from the Netherlands Scientific Council NWO. Gerards is deputy Judge in the Appeals Court of The Hague, member of the Human Rights Commission of the Dutch Advisory Council on International Affairs, the Socio-Economic Council, and the Royal Holland Society of Sciences and Humanities (KMHW). Before she became a KNAW member (2015), she was president of the KNAW Young Academy (2007-2010). She holds several editorial positions, including European Human Rights Cases.


Maarten Hajer (Male – UU – Political Science/Urban Futures – appointed in 1998 – Scientific Director Pathways to Sustainability – International Resource Panel UN Environment)

Maarten Hajer is Distinguished Professor Urban Futures at Utrecht University since 2015 and scientific director of Pathways to Sustainability, one of the four strategic research themes of Utrecht University. Before then he was professor of Public Policy at the University of Amsterdam and Director of the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency (PBL). Hajer is an international authority on discourse analysis of policy and politics, deliberative policy analysis, and urban studies and planning. He leads the Urban Futures Studio (UU) that is devoted to experimental learning and new techniques of futuring. He was the Chief Curator of the International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam (Next Economy, 2016) and is the co-curator of Places of Hope, an exhibition that is part of Fryslan Cultural Capital of Europe 2018. He is a member of the International Resource Panel of UN Environment since 2012. While leading PBL, he was elected Government Manager of the Year (2014). He is honorary professor at Kopenhagen University and Extraordinary Professor at the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa.


Wybo Houkes (Male – TU/e – Ethics – VIDI)

Wybo Houkes is associate professor in the philosophy of science and technology at Eindhoven University of Technology since 2008. He specializes in analytic philosophy of technology, with specific interests in theories of technical artefacts, action-theoretical analyses of artefact use and design, and engineering knowledge. His work on the functions of technical artefacts, and their relation to human goals and actions, has been widely cited in different areas of philosophy as well as design theory, cognitive science, archaeology and anthropology. His research grants include a VIDI grant from the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO) on evolutionary theories of technological change (2008-2013), the EU-FP7 program “Creativity for Innovation and Growth in Europe” (2013-2017), and several Open Competition Grants including “The Dual Nature of Technical Artefacts” (2000-2005), “Norms in Knowledge” (2004-2008), and “Things that Make Us Smart” (2008-2013) on the role of technology in extended cognition.


Irene Klugkist (Female – UU – Data Science – appointed in 2015 – VIDI)

Irene Klugkist is Professor of Methodology and Statistics of the Social and Behavioral Sciences at Utrecht University. She is an expert on applied Bayesian statistics, with special interest in Bayesian model selection and the use of prior knowledge in current study analyses. Part of her cum laude dissertation was a ground breaking article on the use of Bayes factors in the social and behavioral sciences. This work was published in Psychological Methods, the leading journal in the field, where she currently serves as consulting editor. She has extensive experience with interdisciplinary research through collaboration with psychology, educational sciences, sociology, and epidemiology. In 2013, she received a VIDI grant which enabled her to develop Bayesian methods for the analysis of circular data such as encountered in eye tracking (saccade directions), criminology (temporal data) and personality research (circumplex data). Her current research focuses on eliciting and incorporating prior knowledge, Bayesian evidence synthesis, and the use of power priors.


Paul Leseman (Male – UU – Educational Sciences – appointed in 2003 – multiple large European grants – OECD advisor)

Paul Leseman is Professor of Education at Utrecht University. Before, he was associate professor of education at the University of Amsterdam and KNAW fellow at the Erasmus University Rotterdam. Leseman is an internationally recognized expert on early childhood education, inclusive education, and educational inequality. He acquired funding for multiple research projects with strategic relevance for (inter)national education policy, including the NWO-funded Dutch national cohort study pre-COOL into the effects of early childhood education on children’s development and school careers (2009-2020) and the EU 7th Framework project CARE on the economic impact of early childhood education (2014-2016). He is PI of the EU Horizon2020 project L2TOR on social robots in education (2016-2018) and the EU Horizon2020 project ISOTIS into inequality, exclusion and segregation in education across Europe (2017-2019). He is member of several advisory committees to the Ministries of Education, Culture and Sciences, Public Health, Welfare and Sports, and Social Affairs and Employment, advisor to the European Commission on early childhood education, and scientific advisor of three large international comparative studies of the OECD.


Ted Sanders (Male – UU – Communication Science – appointed in 2003 – VICI)

Ted Sanders is Professor of Discourse Studies at Utrecht University and Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Humanities, responsible for the Graduate School of Humanities. His work concentrates on discourse coherence, using methods in empirical pragmatics as well as experimental psycholinguistics of discourse processing and representation. He has a strong interest in improving communication through comprehensible texts, on which he has founded and coordinated a nationwide NWO-research program (2012-2017). He received various grants for his research, including a VIDI from the Netherlands Scientific Council (NOW). He published widely on these topics. Sanders is on the editorial board of several international journals, and played a key role in the European COST-project TextLink (2013-2018). Sanders was a board member of the Society for Text and Discourse, serving as President from 2010—2013. He is on the Board of the Netwerk Begrijpelijke Overheid (NBO).


Barbara Vis (Female – UU – Political Science – appointed in 2013 – VENI – VIDI- KNAW)

Barbara Vis is Professor of Politics and Governance at Utrecht. Before then, she held a Fenna Diemer-Lindeboom Chair in Political Decision Making at the Free University Amsterdam. Vis is an internationally recognized expert in the areas of political decision making, comparative welfare state research, and qualitative comparative analysis. She has been awarded VENI (2008) and VIDI (2012) grants from the Netherlands Scientific Council NWO for research on risky decision-making by governments, politicians, and political parties on welfare state reform and other salient issues. She has also been involved in large international research consortia (e.g., the FP7 NEUJOBS program). She is an elected member of The Young Academy of the KNAW (2014-2019), the Royal Holland Society of Sciences and Humanities (KMHW), and the Social Sciences Council of the KNAW. Vis also holds several editorial positions including a senior associate editorship of the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Political Decision-making.


Other researchers involved are members of the UU research stream Behavior and Institutions (Marieke Adriaanse, Ivo Giesen, Hans Hoeken,  Stephanie Rosenkranz, Thomas Schillemans, Utz Weitzel), Willem van Boom (Behavioral Law Leiden) and Marieke Knoef (Personal Finance Leiden).