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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  • 5 July: Inaugural lecture Dr Fatima Denton
    The Rector Magnificus of Utrecht University, Professor Henk Kummeling, has the pleasure of inviting you to a special ceremony on July 5 in which Dr. Fatima Denton will formally accept the appointment to the Prince Claus Chair in Equity and Development 2022-2024 at Utrecht University. Her lecture is titled: Power and powerlessness in climate diplomacy: looking…

Meet Dr Sebastián Ureta, Chairholder 2023-2025

As holder of the Prince Claus Chair, Sebastián Ureta’s goal is to open the public discussion about a critical aspect of citizen science that is seldom discussed: the massive difficulties that projects focused on developing low-cost environmental assessment technologies face in moving beyond successful prototypes, especially in the global south.

Meet Dr Fatima Denton, Chairholder 2022-2024

As holder of the Prince Claus Chair, Fatima Denton’s goal is to democratize the debate around Just Transitions, ensuring voice and participation of those communities most affected by transition processes, in Africa in particular.

Meet Dr Khayaat Fakier, Chairholder 2021-2023

Dr Khayaat Fakier

As holder of the Prince Claus Chair, Dr Fakier will examine the issue of care in relation to equity and development policies. The two-year research project will examine how to build an ethics of care not only for people, but also for the environ-ment. The intent of the research will be to see in what ways care work is ‘the alternative’ value to growth. 

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.