Ingrid Robeyns

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Ingrid Robeyns
Ingrid Robeyns 2014.jpg
Robeyns in 2014
Born10 September 1972[1]
Leuven, Belgium
NationalityDutch and Belgian[1]
InstitutionUniversity of Utrecht
FieldWelfare economics, development economics, ethics
School or
Capability Approach
Alma materUniversity of Cambridge
InfluencesAmartya Sen
Martha Nussbaum
ContributionsHuman development theory, Limitarianism (ethical)

Ingrid A.M. Robeyns (born 1972) holds the Chair Ethics of Institutions at Utrecht University, Faculty of Humanities and the associated Ethics Institute.[2]

Robeyns is also a Fellow of the Human Development and Capability Association (HDCA) and was elected the associations eighth president in April 2017.[3] She is a notable advocate of economic limitarianism (ethical).


Robeyns is from Leuven, Belgium. She earned a Belgian licentiate qualification in economics from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (KU Leuven) in 1994. She went on to study social and political science in Germany at the Georg August Universität, Göttingen (University of Göttingen). Robeyns returned to the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven for her MSc in economics, which she completed in 1997.

Her doctorate in economics came from the University of Cambridge in 2003. Her dissertation was on gender inequality and the capability approach.[4] Robeyns also has an MA in philosophy from the Open University (2007).[4][5]

Robeyns claimed dual Dutch/Belgian citizenship in 2013.[6]

Academic career[edit]

In 2006, the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) awarded her a five-year Vidi grant for research on theories of justice.[4] The research considers what the question of justice means within the welfare state for children, parents and non-parents.[7] In 2018 Robeyns was elected member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences.[8]


  • Robeyns, Ingrid (July 2002). Gender inequality: a capability perspective (PhD thesis). Cambridge University. OCLC 894596063.
  • Robeyns, Ingrid; Kuklys, Wiebke (2004). Sen's Capability Approach to welfare economics – Cambridge working paper in economics 0415 (PDF). Cambridge, England: Department of Applied Economics, University of Cambridge. Archived from the original (PDF) on 18 November 2017. Retrieved 17 April 2014.
  • Robeyns, Ingrid; Agarwal, Bina; Humpries, Jane (2005). Amartya Sen's work and ideas: a gender perspective. Oxon, England: Routledge. ISBN 9780415373203.
  • Robeyns, Ingrid; Brighouse, Harry (2010). Measuring justice: primary goods and capabilities. Cambridge, England: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 9781843156994.
  • Robeyns, Ingrid (2014). The Capability Approach. Cambridge, England: Open Book Publishers. ISBN 9781909254909
  • Robeyns, Ingrid; van Hees, Martin; Nys, Thomas (2014). Basisboek ethiek. Amsterdam, Holland: Uitgeverij Boom. ISBN 9789461059321.
  • Robeyns, Ingrid (2017). Wellbeing, Freedom and Social Justice: The Capability Approach Re-Examined. Cambridge, England: Open Book Publishers. doi:10.11647/OBP.0130. hdl:10419/182376. ISBN 9781783744237.
  • Robeyns, Ingrid (2019) (2019). "What, if Anything, is Wrong with Extreme Wealth?". Journal of Human Development and Capabilities. Journal of Human Development and Capabilities 20:3. 20 (3): 251–266. doi:10.1080/19452829.2019.1633734.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Prof.dr. I.A.M. Robeyns (1972 – ) at the Catalogus Professorum Academiæ Rheno-Traiectinæ.
  2. ^ "Human Resource Management – Nog meer nieuws over HR".
  3. ^ "HDCA Fellows". Human Development & Capability Association. Retrieved 17 April 2014.
  4. ^ a b c Morris, Christopher (2009), "Contributors", in Morris, Christopher (ed.), Amartya Sen, Cambridge New York: Cambridge University Press, pp. xii–xiii, ISBN 9780521618069
  5. ^ Robeyns, Ingrid. "CV". Archived from the original on 19 April 2014. Retrieved 17 April 2014.
  6. ^ Robeyns, Ingrid (13 October 2013). "One woman, two votes". Crooked Timber. Retrieved 17 April 2014.
  7. ^ "Social justice and the new welfare state". Eramus University Rotterdam. Archived from the original on 19 April 2014. Retrieved 17 April 2014.
  8. ^ "Ingrid Robeyns". Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences. Archived from the original on 12 April 2020.

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