At the Department of Sociology, Faculty of Social Sciences, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam I am full Professor of Philanthropy and the director of the Center for Philanthropic Studies. My research combines surveys, experiments and administrative data to study causes and consequences of philanthropy. Also I am chairing the Research Ethics Review Committee at the Faculty of Social Sciences and I direct the new research master program Societal Resilience. Get in touch through r dot bekkers at vu dot nl. The easiest way to keep track of my work is to follow me on Twitter.

My complete CV is here and here’s a biographical sketch. A high-resolution portrait in black/white is here (courtesy of Foto Van Ophem). Here is the color version. Another picture is here.

From 2013 to 2017 I was ‘professor by special appointment’ (bijzonder hoogleraar) at the Faculty of Social Sciences of VU Amsterdam. The chair was sponsored by the Van der Gaag Foundation of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Sciences (KNAW). My task was to conduct research on ‘Social aspects of prosocial behavior, particularly philanthropy’. Read more about the chair here. On April 25, 2013 I delivered an inaugural lecture outlining the research program (in Dutch). Progress reports are in the annual report on 2013, the annual report on 2014, and 2015-2017. In 2018 I was appointed as full professor of Philanthropy at the Department of Sociology. On June 6, 2019 I delivered my inaugural lecture.

Also I am the research chair of the European Research Network on Philanthropy (ERNOP).

The Center for Philanthropic Studies at VU Amsterdam conducts the biennial ‘Giving in the Netherlands’ Panel Study (GINPS). More information on the GINPS is here. Geven in Nederland logo


Websites of co-authors

Websites of journals

Directions to my office at VU Amsterdam
You can find me in room 2E55b of the VU main building – the ‘Hoofdgebouw’ (De Boelelaan 1105) on this map. If you come by tram (line 5 in the direction of Amstelveen Binnenhof) or Metro (line 51 in the direction of Amstelveen Westwijk), get out at stop ‘De Boelelaan/VU’. When you arrive at this stop the main building is on your right hand side. Go through the revolving glass doors of the main entrance, keep left, and go up the stairs to the 2nd floor. Philanthropic Studies is located in the E-wing of the 2nd floor. The access door to the E-wing is closed; call me at +31 20 598 6493.


U kunt mij vinden in kamer 2E55b van het Hoofdgebouw van de Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, De Boelelaan 1105, zie deze kaart. Gemakkelijk te bereiken met metrolijn 51 richting Amstelveen Westwijk of tram 5 richting Amstelveen Binnenhof, uitstappen op halte De Boelelaan/VU. Als u aankomt op deze halte ligt het hoofdgebouw aan uw rechterhand. Na de glazen draaideuren links houden, de trap op naar de 2e verdieping. De werkgroep is gehuisvest in de E-vleugel. De deur is gesloten; bel dan 020 598 6493.

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