Prince Claus Chair in Development and Equity

Piet Gispen

The Prince Claus Chair in Development and Equity was established by Utrecht University and the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) in early 2003 in honour of Prince Claus of the Netherlands (1926-2002).

Candidates are nominated by a Curatorium, chaired by Professor Louise J. Gunning-Schepers. H.M. Queen Máxima of the Netherlands serves as the Honorary Patron of the PCC, after having served as the Curatorium’s first chair in 2003-2014.

Current PCC holder (2019-2021)

Professor Gustavo García-López was appointed by ISS to hold the PCC for 2019-2021.

During his two-year tenure he will conduct research on global social justice and the Sustainable Development Goals. Amongst others, he will work with Professor Wil Hout.

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.

Gustavo García-López

Two previous ISS chairholders

Piet Gispen

Ali Bilgiç - PCC holder 2017-2019

During his tenure as PCC chair in 2017-2019, Professor Ali Bilgiç focused his research on migration and the human security approach. He looked at migration from a holistic person-centred perspective and explored concepts like trust. The objective of his research was to gain a more comprehensive understanding of migration as a social, political and economic process. 

With Dutch Research Council (NWO-WOTRO) funding, ISS researcher Dr Cathy Wilcock worked with Professor Bilgiç as a postdoctoral fellow.


Inaugural lecture Professor Ali Bilgiç

Saradindu Bhaduri - PCC holder 2015-2017

Professor Saradindu Bhaduri, from India, focused his research on frugal innovation. In collaboration with the Centre for Frugal Innovation in Africa (CFIA) he worked with practitioners in development and social innovation.

Professor Saradindu Bhaduri

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Prince Claus Chairholders 2012-2016

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