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Jan Willem Duyvendak on An Intellectual Haven

Jan Willem Duyvendak Selected as Member of Royal Netherlands Academy

Jan Willem Duyvendak is selected as a member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, the learned society of outstanding Dutch scientists and scholars. Duyvendak is both director of the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences (NIAS) and Distinguished Research Professor of Sociology at the University of Amsterdam.

About Jan Willem Duyvendak  (1959)

Jan Willem Duyvendak is one of the most influential Dutch sociologists. He is a socially engaged researcher and a leading voice in current debates on citizenship, diversity and social policy. His input as a public intellectual to the academic and general debate on these issues is notable for its empirical depth and analytical rigour. Duyvendak’s articles appear in both accessible Dutch publications and leading international scholarly journals. In addition to his work as a researcher, Duyvendak has a proven track record in intellectual and managerial leadership at numerous organisations and as an editor for various magazines and publication series in his field of expertise.

“I feel honoured and humbled,” says Jan Willem Duyvendak. “I consider it as a recognition for engaged scholarship that is valued so greatly at both the UvA department of Sociology and at NIAS. With this new role as Academy member I hope to contribute to the important agenda of the Royal Academy, for example with regards to academic freedom.”


Duyvendak is one of the 23 new members that the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences has selected this year. Academy members, leading researchers from across all disciplines, are selected for their scientific and scholarly achievements. Academy membership is regarded as a great honour in the Netherlands. The Academy has about 550 members in total. Members are appointed for life. Duyvendak and the other new members, which include alumni Bernet Elzinga, Rineke Verbrugge and Inger Leemans, will be installed on 13 September 2021.

Members meet to share their knowledge and to debate science policy and other issues of interest to science, scholarship and society. Members make a vital contribution to the Academy’s advisory work by taking part in committees and advisory councils. They also bring their expertise to bear in the various Academy juries and panels responsible for awarding scientific and scholarly prizes.