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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  • Celebrating 20 years of the Prince Claus Chair
    The celebration of the twentieth anniversary of the chair, is to be held at the Nieuwe Kerk in The Hague on Wednesday 6 December 2023. As we honour the legacy of the late Prince Claus, we will use the lens of equity to explore one of the most pressing challenges of our time: a just … Read more

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.