Former ISS rector Professor Jos Hilhorst passed away

Sadly we share the news that former ISS rector, Professor Jos Hilhorst has passed away on 27 September 2020.

Professor Hilhorst studied Economics at the Catholic University in Tilburg between 1953 and 1959. In 1964 he defended his doctoral dissertation, which was supervised by the late Professor Jan Tinbergen.

Jos Hilhorst joined the ISS in 1962. His task was to develop the new academic field of regional planning. He performed this task for 35 years and was rector of the Institute of Social Studies in the years 1975 - 1976.

Our thoughts are with his wife, his children and grandchildren.


Obituary of Professor Jos Hilhorst written by Emeritus Professor Bert Helmsing.

Memories from former students

Some ISS students shared their memories of Jos Hilhorst:

'Mr Hilhorst was an amazing teacher from whom I have deep and warm memories...I  always enjoyed his "Locality, State and Development" classes.'

'An intellectual brain disappears from the world.'

'I still have his lecture notes and articles which were carefully prepared. I applied his 2 major concepts in my project: domination theory and networks. They worked.'

'A great pioneer in sub-national policy and planning.'