Jan Willem Duyvendak new director of NIAS

6 October 2017

Jan Willem Duyvendak will become the new director of the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences (NIAS) on 1 January 2018. Duyvendak will combine his work as Distinguished Research Professor of Sociology at the University of Amsterdam with his new position. He succeeds Theo Mulder, who has served as the interim director of NIAS since 1 January 2017.

'I’m delighted to be given the chance to lead an academic sanctuary for independent spirits and original researchers’, Duyvendak commented.

Jan Willem Duyvendak studied sociology and philosophy at the University of Groningen and in Paris. His research interests include new social movements, the changing welfare state, and such themes as belonging and nativism. He has published numerous articles and books, including The Politics of Home. Belonging and Nostalgia in Western Europe and the United States (2011), Crafting Citizenship. Negotiating Tensions in Modern Society (2012, co-authored with Menno Hurenkamp and Evelien Tonkens), and The Culturalization of Citizenship. Belonging and Polarization in a Globalizing World (2016, edited with Peter Geschiere and Evelien Tonkens).

Duyvendak was the director of the Verwey-Jonker Institute for Social Issues and Professor of Community Development at Erasmus University Rotterdam. He has been Distinguished Research Professor of Sociology at the University of Amsterdam since 2014.

Academic leadership

The appointment advisory committee praised Duyvendak’s academic leadership, citing his ability to build bridges between disciplines and to formulate challenging interdisciplinary themes. Given his sense of engagement, he will undoubtedly give knowledge valorisation an appropriate place within that context. The appointment advisory committee also commended Duyvendak as a respected scholar with a large domestic and international network and a proven track record in leadership and management. This makes him the right person to take NIAS forward as an institute of advanced study. Under his leadership, NIAS will continue to boost its position in the Netherlands and worldwide and offer fellows a welcoming and inspiring environment that fosters reflection, exchange and debate.

About NIAS

NIAS – a research institute of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences – is a national institute for advanced study. A fellowship at NIAS, which can last anywhere from three to ten months, gives renowned and talented researchers and artists time and space for in-depth study, innovation and interdisciplinarity by allowing them to devote themselves to reflection, new insights or new alliances, or to search for solutions to societal issues.

About the Academy

The Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) is the forum, voice, and conscience of science and scholarship in the Netherlands. As an independent organisation, the Academy safeguards the quality and interests of science and scholarship and advises the Dutch government. It is responsible for fifteen internationally renowned institutes whose research and collections put them in the vanguard of Dutch science and scholarship.