prof. dr. Rene Bekkers

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René Bekkers, Ph.D., is the director of the Center for Philanthropic Studies at the Vrije Universiteit (VU) Amsterdam. After he completed his Ph.D. in Sociology at Utrecht University, he received a personal ‘veni’ grant from the Netherlands Scientific Organization (NWO) to study the effect of education on prosocial behavior. Since 2013 he is a professor by special appointment (‘bijzonder hoogleraar’) at the Faculty of Social Sciences of VU Amsterdam. The chair is supported by the Van der Gaag Foundation of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Sciences (KNAW). He is co-designer of the Center’s biennial ‘Giving in the Netherlands’ Panel Study (GINPS).

He is also the research chair of the European Research Network on Philanthropy (ERNOP).  He has written extensively on the topics of philanthropy, pro-social behaviour, and morality. His current research examines the determinants and consequences of giving and volunteering, combining experiments and longitudinal panel survey methodology in a multidisciplinary approach. His series of articles with co-author Pamala Wiepking, “A Literature Review of Empirical Studies of Philanthropy: Eight Mechanisms that Drive Charitable Giving” (2011) and “Who Gives? A Literature Review of Predictors of Charitable Giving” (2011, 2012)  provide a comprehensive international overview of the available literature on philanthropy and charitable behaviour.

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Research Output 2001 2020

Can Charitable Donations Compensate for a Reduction in Government Funding? The Role of Information

de Wit, A. & Bekkers, R., 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : Public Administration Review.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
information policy

ABMLS Pilot Report 2018-2019: Methodology and preliminary findings

van Niekerk, R., de Wit, A., Mathoera, N. & Bekkers, R., 20 Sep 2019, Amsterdam: Vrije Univeriteit. 69 p.

Research output: Book / ReportReportAcademic

Open Access
study program

Beyond Service Production: Volunteering for Social Innovation

de Wit, A., Mensink, W., Einarsson, T. & Bekkers, R., 1 Apr 2019, In : Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly. 48, 2S, p. 52S-71S 20 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
organizational structure

Blood donation across the life course: the influence of life events on donor lapse

Piersma, T. W., Bekkers, R. H. F. P., De Kort, W. L. A. M. & Merz, E. M., 1 Jun 2019, In : Journal of Health and Social Behavior. 60, 2, p. 257-272 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Blood Donors
Tissue Donors
Blood Transfusion

De waarde van filantropie: Inaugurele rede Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Bekkers, R., 6 Jun 2019

Research output: Online publication or Non-textual formOnline publication or WebsiteAcademic

Open Access

Activities 2005 2017

  • 2 Conference
  • 1 PhD thesis examination
  • 1 Lecture / Presentation


Claire van Teunenbroek (Participant), R.H.F.P. Bekkers (Participant)
23 Jun 201724 Jun 2017

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventConferenceAcademic

8th International Research Conference of the European Research Network On Philanthropy (ERNOP)

Claire van Teunenbroek (Participant), R.H.F.P. Bekkers (Participant)
13 Jul 201714 Jul 2017

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventConferenceAcademic

Effects of social information on crowdfunding

Bianca Beersma (Examiner), R.H.F.P. Bekkers (Examiner)
2016 → …

Activity: PhD thesis ExaminationPhD thesis examination

From experimental games to prosocial behavior

P.A.M. van Lange (Speaker), M. van Vugt (Speaker), R.H.F.P. Bekkers (Speaker)
21 Jul 2005

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic