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Anja Eleveld is associate professor 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.



Anja's empirical-legal research focuses on unequal power relations in the context of work and social security. In her Veni project she investigated the extent to which legal rules prevent exercises of arbitrary power in the relation between social assistance recipients and the casemanager/work supervisor. In her newest research project funded by NWO Anja will investigate the use of solicited oral diaries for research on vulnerable employment relations. 

In addition to empirical-legal research Anja conducts doctrinal research in the field of (European) labour law, social security law and non-discrimination law. 

Her multi-disciplinary research has been published in various leading international and national journals in the field of social-legal studies, labour law and (social) policy. She is the lead 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 was a visiting fellow at the University of Sussex and the Université libre de Bruxelles.



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).



2023 NWO XS grant (Dutch organisation for science), research project 'The use of solicited oral diaries in research on workers who are vulnerable to subtle abuse and exploitation' (August 2023-August 2024)

2020 Grant for a NIAS-Gak fellowship, research project 'The meaningfulness of unfree work' (Feb-June 2021) 

In 2015  NWO Veni grant (Dutch organization for Science), research project The activating welfare state and the recipient of social assistance: the birth of a new worker in need of new rules?’ (2016-2020)


Ancillary activities

  • NISZ (Nederlands Instituut voor Sociale Zekerheid) | Den Haag | Bestuurder | 2017-05-01 - present
  • Bureau Clara Wichmann | Amsterdam | Lid Beoordelingscommissie onderzoek & wetenschap | 2018-09-01 - 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

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  • 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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