Monique Kremer appointed Professor of Active Citizenship

Monique Kremer, a senior scientific staff member at the WRR, has been appointed professor of an endowed chair in Active Citizenship at the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences at the University of Amsterdam (UvA). The chair has been endowed by the Active Citizenship Foundation (Stichting Actief Burgerschap).

Her research at the UvA will focus on citizens in the welfare state. Major demographic changes have taken place over recent decades. Citizens are better educated, are living longer, and the population is more ethnically diverse. At the same time, the welfare state is undergoing an (unprecedented) transformation, a process in which decentralisation and participation are key elements. Kremer will investigate the significance of these changes for active citizenship, with a particular focus on long-term care. Among other things, she will address questions such as: How do changes in the population and in the welfare state interact with other? Who is regarded as a citizen and who is not? And what causes citizens to become engaged? Her research is largely qualitative in nature and based on comparisons within Europe.

Research projects in which Kremer was involved at the WRR include ‘How unequal is the Netherlands?’ (Hoe ongelijk is Nederland?) (2014) and 'Making migration work’ (In betere banen) (2012). She is currently coordinating the project ‘Future of Work’ (Toekomst van Werk) and is involved in the project ‘Middle classes under pressure?’ (Middenklassen onder druk?). She has also worked as a researcher at the University of Amsterdam, Utrecht University and the Netherlands Institute for Care and Welfare (NIZW). She has several books on the welfare state to her name, including ‘How welfare states care’ and 'Aliens in the welfare state. How to combine labour migration and social security' (Vreemden in de verzorgingsstaat: Hoe arbeidsmigratie en sociale zekerheid te combineren) (Boom/Lemma, 2013). In 2007 she received the prize for Best Young Sociologist from the European Sociological Association.