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Anja Eleveld is an assistant professor of social law at the VU University. 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. 

Her areas of expertise include the legal protection of precarious workers and (working) recipients of social assistance, European Labour Law and the social working of legal rules.

In addition to her work at the University, Anja Eleveld is a substitute member of the Netherlands Institute of Human Rights (College voor de Rechten van de Mens) and she is active in various societal organizations as a board member or an advisor (e.g. the Dutch Refugee Council, the Netherlands Institute for Social Security, the Union for Women and Law, the Clara Wichmann Institute and the Coalition for Pregnant Students and Studying Parents).



Anja Eleveld coordinates and teaches the master course European Labour law, she is the coordinatior of Amsterdam Law Forum (International student-run Law Journal) and she supervises master theses in the (broad) field of labour law and social security law.


Anja Eleveld is currently involved in her Veni-project on the legal protection of working recipients of social assistance (2016-2020). This research provides insights in the social working of legal rules in (work) relations that are characterized by (high) power imbalances.

In the past she has conducted research on inter alia: experiences of undocumented migrant domestic workers with labour law protection and unionization; experiences of pregnant students with the regulation of student pregnancy in education law; welfare to work legislation in (25) European welfare states; and the use of policy narratives in social security reforms in the Netherlands.

In her various multi-disciplinary research projects Anja Eleveld has sought to connect social-legal inquiry with insights from political philosophy.

Anja Eleveld is a member of the supervision committee of a University of the Groningen Research Project ‘The future of the universal welfare state: between social assistance and a guaranteed minimum income’.


Key Publications


- A. Eleveld, T. Kampen and J. Arts (eds.) (2020) Welfare to work in contemporary European welfare states. Legal, sociological and philosophical perspectives on justice and domination (in print), Bristol: Policy Press. 

- A. Eleveld and F. Van Hooren (2018) ‘The governmentalization of the trade union and the potential of union based resistance. The case of undocumented migrant domestic workers in the Netherlands making rights claims’, Social & Legal Studies 27 (5), 596-615.

- A. Eleveld (2018) ‘The sanctions mitigation paradox in welfare to work benefit schemes’, Comparative Labor Law & Policy Journal 39 (2), 449-447.

- A. Eleveld (2017) 'Activation policies: policies of social inclusion or social exclusion?', Journal of Poverty and Social Justice 25 (3), p. 277-285.

- A. Eleveld (2016) ‘The role of ideas in policy and institutional change: A comparison of the open functional approach, constructivism and discourse theory’, Political Studies 64, (IS), 70-87.

- A. Paz-Fuchs and A. Eleveld (2016) ‘Workfare revisited’, Industrial Law Journal 45 (1), 29-59.

-A. Eleveld, 'The role of rhetoric and affect in policy changes. The case of Dutch life course policy', Critical Policy Studies 6 (3), p. 282-303. 


-A. Eleveld (2019) ‘Werken met behoud van uitkering in de Participatiewet en in de werknemersverzekeringen: Een analyse van de rechtsbescherming van de re-integrerende uitkeringsgerechtigde aan de hand van de concepten “exit” en “voice”’, Ars Aequi 68 (2), 109-119.

- A. Eleveld (red.) (2018) De Participatiewet, Deventer: Wolters-Kluwer.

- A. Eleveld en E. Dermine (2018) ‘Een mensenrechtenproof gemeentebeleid: arbeid, re-integratie en tegenprestatie’, NJCM-bulletin: Nederlands Tijdschrift voor de Mensenrechten 43, 3, p. 355-374.


Prizes and Awards

In 2017 the 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 2015, Anja Eleveld received a NWO-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 | Substitute Member | 2018-09-14 - present
  • Vereniging Vluchtelingenwerk Nederland (Refugee Council) | Amsterdam | Member Advisory comittee reception and integration | 2019-01-23 - present

Ancillary activities are updated daily

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Netherlands Social Sciences
migrant Social Sciences
labor law Social Sciences
minimum income Social Sciences
workfare Social Sciences
discourse theory Social Sciences
welfare state Social Sciences
worker Social Sciences

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Research Output 2006 2019

Argumentative strategies in the defence of labour law: The promises of republican theory

Eleveld, A., 2019, Theorising labour law in a changing world: Towards inclusive labour law. Blackham, A., Kullmann, M. & Zbyszewska, A. (eds.). London: Hart Publishing, p. 207-222 16 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book / Report / Conference proceedingChapterAcademicpeer-review

Case note: GHAMS (200.233.082/01: Annotatie Gerechtshof Amsterdam 16 April 2019)

Eleveld, A., 15 Jul 2019, 1 p.. No. JAR 2019/216, No. ECLI:NL:GHAMS:2019:1327, Apr 16, 2019. (JAR )

Research output: Case NoteCase noteProfessional

Europe and the construction of a worker mentality

Eleveld, A., Oct 2019, Law, labour and the humanities. Toracca, T. & Condello, A. (eds.). London: Routledge, p. 62-73

Research output: Chapter in Book / Report / Conference proceedingChapterAcademic

Uittreksels jurisprudentie Arbeidsrecht en Socialezekerheidsrecht

Eleveld, A. (ed.) & Bij de Vaate, D. M. A. (ed.), May 2019, 4de ed. Den Haag: BOOM. 458 p.

Research output: Book / ReportBook editingProfessional