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Ingrid Robeyns

Still from tv show Tegenlicht, Ingrid Robeyns.Ingrid Robeyns holds the chair in Ethics of Institutions at the Ethics Institute of Utrecht University. She was trained as an economist and a philosopher, and received her PhD from Cambridge University. Her research and teaching focusses on theories of justice, the ethics of institutions, and applied social ethics/political philosophy on a wide variety of topics – including autism, demography, basic income, taxation, as well as various more specific policy proposals. She has also methodological interests, especially in the relationship between ideal and nonideal political philosophy, in questions about ‘how to do’ nonideal or applied political philosophy, and in the challenges and pitfalls of interdisciplinary research. Robeyns has a strong interdisciplinary profile.

She has been the recipient of several research grants, including an NWO VIDI grant (2006-2011) and the ERC Consolidator Grant (2017-2022) which funds the Fair Limits project. She served as the first director of the Dutch Research School of Philosophy (OZSW), is a member of the Dutch Royal Academy (KNAW) and was earlier a member of the KNAW Young Academy (DJA, 2010-2015). Between 2018 and 2020, she served as President of the Human Development and Capability Association (HDCA). As of September 2023, she will start a new project, funded by an NWO VICI Grant, called Visions for the Future, which provides a systematic normative evaluation of different proposals for a post-capitalist society.

Her latest scholarly book is a comprehensive account of the capability approach, that can be accessed freely from the website of Open Book Publishers. In 2018, she published a book in Dutch on some of the questions that are studied in the Fair Limits project: Rijkdom. Hoeveel ongelijkheid is nog verantwoord? (uitgeverij Prometheus). For more information and her full publication list, see ingridrobeyns.info