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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.

Ancillary activities

  • WWAV | Woerden | Adviseur | 2006-09-01 - present

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Research Output 2001 2018

A life course perspective on blood donation: the influence of life events on the donor career

Piersma, T. W., Bekkers, R. H. F. P., De Kort, W. L. A. M. & Merz, E. M., Sep 2018, (Unpublished)

Research output: Contribution to ConferenceAbstractAcademic

Literature review
Charitable giving
Information effects
Donation behavior
Social Psychology

Philanthropy in the welfare state: Why charitable donations do not simply substitute government support

de Wit, A., 2018, 216 p.

Research output: PhD ThesisPhD Thesis - Research VU, graduation VUAcademic

Open Access

Vrijwilligerswerk: Stimulans voor tijdige participatie en integratie?

Bakker, L., Reitsma, J., Smets, P., Bekkers, R. H. F. P., Younes, Y. & Sederel, C., 20 Jun 2018, Nieuwe wegen voor vluchtelingen in Nederland: Over opvang, integratie en beleid. Dagevos, J., Odé, A., Beckers, P. & de Vries, K. (eds.). Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, p. 43-63 20 p.

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

Activities 2005 2017

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

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

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

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventConferenceAcademic


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

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventConferenceAcademic

Effects of social information on crowdfunding

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

Activity: PhD thesis ExaminationPhD thesis examination

From experimental games to prosocial behavior

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

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic