The Prince Claus Chair

The Prince Claus Chair in Equity and Development was established by Utrecht University and the International Institute of Social Studies of Erasmus University Rotterdam in early 2003 in honour of his royal highness Prince Claus of the Netherlands (1926-2002).

The establishment of the Chair attests to the deep respect and appreciation of the academic community of Utrecht University and the ISS for Prince Claus as a person, for his work, and for his commitment to, and authority in, the field of equity and development throughout the world.

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“An awareness of one’s own cultural identity and past is a fundamental condition for sustainable autonomous development.”

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Meet Dr Seye Abimbola, Chairholder 2020-2022

Professor Seye Abimbola

As holder of the Prince Claus Chair, the goal of dr. Seye Abimbola’s work will be to take lessons from his ongoing research on health system governance and apply them to improve global health practice – i.e. the activities that are involved in delivering on the mission to achieve equity in health outcomes within and between countries.

Meet Dr Gustavo García López, Chairholder 2019-2021

Dr Gustavo García López

As holder of the Prince Claus Chair, Professor García López will look into the relationship between Global Social Justice and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). He will focus specifically on the global justice component of the SDGs in order to feed into the emerging research agenda on global inequalities and inclusive societies.