ERNOP Philanthropy Research Conference Riga, July 11-12

ERNOP Philanthropy Research Conference Riga, July 11-12

The ERNOP Philanthropy Research Conference will be held on July 11 and 12 2013. This conference will be centred around ‘Challenges for Research On Philanthropy’. Researchers and practioners from Europe and other countries will present papers on this conference and the University of Latvia in Riga will host the conference. All philanthropy researchers and practioners (European and non-European) are very much invited to join the conference. Special attention will be paid on challenges and opportunities for the European perspective on philanthopy research. Mr. Philippe Galiay from the European Commission, DG Research and Innovation, will speak on “Putting Philanthropy higher on the EU Agenda”. The preliminary program can be downloaded here. More information about registration and topics can be found on the ERNOP web page:...

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René Bekkers extraordinary professor

René Bekkers extraordinary professor

René Bekkers has been appointed as extraordinary professor in Social aspects of prosocial behavior at the Faculty of Social Sciences at VU University Amsterdam. The chair is supported by the Van der Gaag Foundation of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) for a period of five years. Bekkers’ appointment has started 1 January 2013. In his research Bekkers will focus on the explanation of philanthropic behavior. Why do people volunteer and why do they donate money to charitable causes? Who gives the highest amounts and is most likely to volunteer? In which circumstances do people become more generous? How does giving behavior change over time? The economic crisis as well as cutbacks in government subsidies have recently made these questions more relevant. The new chair strengthens VU University’s international position in philathropic research. Since 1995 VU University conducts the biennial Giving in the Netherlands Survey, which yields macro-economic estimates of giving and volunteering in the Netherlands. Bekkers has contributed to this research since 2000, focusing on methodological quality and explanations of philanthropic behavior. In his research, Bekkers connects explanations for prosocial behavior from psychology, sociology and economics, using a variety of methods including surveys and experiments. As extraordinary professor Bekkers will conduct research on social determinants of prosocial behavior, particularly of philanthropy. In his inaugural lecture at VU University Amsterdam on April 25, 2013, Bekkers has presented his research agenda. To read more about René Bekkers click...

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