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Anja Eleveld is an assistant professor of social law at the VU University since 2012. She graduated in Labour Law (cum laude) (University of Amsterdam), Political Science (University of Amsterdam) and Cultural Anthropology (Utrecht University). In 2012 she obtained her PhD at the Law Faculty of Leiden University.



Using both Empirical Legal Studies and doctrinal research methods, Anja's research focuses on the social-legal nature and effects of coercion in work and welfare relations. Currently she is working on a project on the meaningfulness of unfree work.

Her mulit-disciplinary research has been published in various leading international and national journals in the field of labour law, social-legal studies and (social) policy. She is the co-editor of a book on legal, sociological and philosophical perspectives on welfare to work for the Policy Press (Eleveld, Kampen and Arts, 2020) and the editor of a book on the Participation Act (from a human rights perspective) for Kluwer (Eleveld 2018). 

Anja Eleveld is a member of the scientific committee of the Clara Wichmann Foundation (legal position of women) and the supervising committee of the Research Project ‘The future of the universal welfare state: between social assistance and a guaranteed minimum income’ (University of Groningen).



Anja Eleveld teaches the courses European Labour law in the law master (Dutch language) and the courses Sociology and Qualitative Research Methods in the Bachelor Law in Society (English language). She is advisor and coordinatior of Amsterdam Law Forum (International student-run Law Journal) and she supervises master theses in the (broad) field of (European) labour law and social security law and bachelor theses for Law in Society. 


Prizes and Awards

In 2021 Anja Eleveld received the Levenbach prize for the best international article in the field of labour law and social security law (January 2018-September 2020).

In 2017 the Ph.D thesis of Anja Eleveld was nominated for the dissertation prize (2012-2016) in the area of labour law and social security law (shortlist of five dissertations).



In 2020 Anja Eleveld received a grant for a NIAS-Gak fellowship for the period February-June 2021 to work on her project 'the meaningfulness of unfree work'.   

In 2015, Anja Eleveld received a NWO (Veni)grant (Dutch organization for Science) for her research projectThe activating welfare state and the recipient of social assistance: the birth of a new worker in need of new rules?’


Ancillary activities

  • NISZ (Nederlands Instituut voor Sociale Zekerheid) | Den Haag | Bestuurder | 2017-05-01 - present
  • Netherlands Institute of Human Rights | Utrecht | Plaatsvervangend lid | 2018-09-14 - present
  • Vereniging Vluchtelingenwerk Nederland (Refugee Council) | Amsterdam | Lid Adviescommissie Opvang & Integratie | 2019-01-23 - present

Ancillary activities are updated daily


  • K Law
  • welfare
  • social assistance
  • social rights
  • European labour law
  • discrimination law
  • H Social Sciences (General)
  • welfare to work
  • meaningful work
  • social policy


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