Gustavo García López appointed to Prince Claus Chair

Due to restrictions as a result of the coronavirus, the inaugural of Dr Gustavo García López has been postponed. We do not yet have a new date but will communicate it as soon as we do. We have temporarily suspended registration to this event, we will re-open it as soon as we have set a new date.

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The Hague, 27 June 2019

New Prince Claus Chair appointment: ‘Sustainable Development, Inequalities and Environmental Justice’

As of the 1st of September 2019 Dr Gustavo García López will hold the Prince Claus Chair (PCC) for a period of two years at the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS), part of Erasmus University Rotterdam. His thematic focus will be on ‘Sustainable Development, Inequalities and Environmental Justice’.

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. He will work closely with ISS researchers and with colleagues from other universities in the Netherlands.

Gustavo García López is a political scientist from Puerto Rico. He is currently assistant professor in the Graduate School for Planning of the University of Puerto Rico Rio Piedras and will start as a researcher at the Centre for Social Studies of the University of Coimbra in Portugal this autumn.

García López gained his PhD from Indiana University in 2012, where he was a member of Elinor Ostrom’s research group. Ostrom was a Nobel Prize winner (for economics) and an ISS honorary fellow.

Professor García López’ research focuses on understanding the emergence and scaling-up of grassroots commons initiatives, their potential to transform governance towards more equitable and ecological alternatives, and the political-economic barriers they face. He has worked mostly in Mexico and Puerto Rico. At the University of Coimbra, he will be studying how community forestry and climate justice organizations come together at transnational levels to influence international environmental and development policies.

Gustavo García López is also a founding member of JunteGente, a meeting space for organizations seeking alternatives to neoliberal disaster policies in the wake of hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. As part of this collective, he is currently working on organizing a civil society gathering on climate justice in Puerto Rico this autumn.

Prince Claus Chair

The Prince Claus Chair is a rotating chair. Appointments are made alternately at ISS in The Hague (part of Erasmus University Rotterdam) and Utrecht University. Both institutions use the chair to promote research and education in the field of development cooperation, in accordance with the views and ideas of the late Prince Claus. The curatorium of the Prince Claus Chair is chaired by Professor Louise Gunning. Her Majesty Queen Máxima is the patron of the Prince Claus Chair.

International Institute of Social Studies (ISS)

ISS is an international institute for research and education in the field of development studies. ISS is located in The Hague and is part of Erasmus University Rotterdam. Between 300 and 400 graduate students, mainly from the ‘Global South’, study at ISS each year. ISS is also home to a large community of PhD researchers.  


Note for the press

For more information about the Prince Claus Chair, please contact Linda Johnson, Secretary to the Curatorium of the Prince Claus Chair,

For more information about the content of the 2019 – 2021 term of the Prince Claus Chair, please contact professor Wil Hout, Professor of Governance and International Political Economy,