Understanding Society

Tilburg University is convinced that it can contribute to solving social issues by developing and transferring knowledge and bringing together people from various disciplines and organizations.

Right to Education

Every child has the right to an education. Yet not all children go to school. In fact, there are 59 million children per year who do not even attend primary education. Who are these children? And why do they not go to school? We want to find answers to these questions by doing research. 

PhD Research

The research is an interdisciplinary research, which consists for an important part of field research. This starts with a case study of the right to education, studied in the Central African Republic and in the Netherlands. The case study is part of a four year PhD research on children's rights by philosopher Marieke Hopman.


The crowdfund campaign for this project was a huge success, more than 21.000 Euro has been donated by 166 supporters. With this money Marieke was able to finalize the first stage of her research.

As of September 2016, Marieke will continue her research at Maastricht University. You can follow all developments of her research on her blog.