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Roland Iwan Luttens (PhD Ghent University) is currently Associate Professor of Economics and Coordinator of the Philosophy, Politics and Economics program at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. Before he worked as lecturer in Economics at Amsterdam University College and as post-doctoral researcher for the Fund for Scientific Research – Flanders (FWO).


Luttens is interested in normative economic theory, including theories of individual, strategic, social and public choice, in institutional economics and in the history of economic thought.

Current research themes include:

- the introduction of liberal-egalitarian principles of justice in the axiomatic design of redistribution mechanisms,

- the adjudication of conflicting claims in bankruptcy situations,

- welfare comparisons between Hobbesian jungle and Walrasian market economies,

- Hayekian spontaneous order, Lewis conventions, rule following,

- the game-theoretical foundations of social contract theory.


EBE BSc: Economic Challenges; PPE BSc: Foundations of Microeconomics; Institutional Economics; PPE in Practice III: Governance for Society.

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