A.C.J.M. (Ton) Wilthagen
Tilburg Law School
ReflecT, Research Institute for Flexicurity, Labour Market Dynamics and Social Cohesion
My expertise relates to labour markets, labour market and employment policy, labour relatiions, labour law and social security: national, international as well as regional. I am specifically interested in the relationship between on the one hand labour market dynamism and flexibilization and social cohesion, protection and (new) securities on the other. Is a labour market that is both dynamic and inclusive possible at all? What are sustainable labour market policies? One of the key concepts that I developed from this perspective is "flexicurity". Besides research and education I am stronly engaged in knowledge valorisation and social innovation activities.
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Prof.Dr. Ton Wilthagen (1960) studied sociology with an emphasis on law and regulation at Tilburg and Amsterdam University. His 1993 dissertation at the University of Amsterdam (supervised by prof. André Hoekema) dealt with the regulation of the work environment by the Labour Inspectorate.
Current professional position
Professor Ton Wilthagen holds a chair in Institutional and legal aspects of the labour market at Tilburg University, Faculty of Law, the Netherlands. He is also the Director of the multidisciplinary and inter-faculty research Institute ReflecT, which is short for Research Institute for Flexicurity, Labour Market Dynamics and Social Cohesion at Tilburg University, and the Chair of the Department of Labour Law and Social Policy.
Membership of professional bodies
Wilthagen is, among other things, a member of the International Board of the British Journal for Industrial Relations. He is a member of several academic networks and bodies, including the European Flexicurity Network, the network on Reconciling Work and Welfare.
Membership of European expert groups
Wilthagen was first to academically develop the concept of flexicurity. He was a member and the rapporteur of the European Expert Group on Flexicurity, established by the European Commission. He was also a member of the EU working group on self-employment and micro businesses and of the Working Group on the Reconciliation of Labour Market Flexibilization and Social Cohesion, established by the Council of Europe and has acted as an expert to the European Parliament on the modernization of labour law. He has also served as an academic expert giving advice on flexicurity, labour market policy and labour law to many governments, social partner organisations and international bodies such as the International Labour Organisation. Wilthagen was a member of the Working Group on Social Innovation of the Socio-Economic Council of the Netherlands (SER) and the Committee for the Future of young people in the labour market of the same Council. Currently Wilthagen is the Chair of the European Policy Centre Taskforce on Youth Unemployment.
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I teach the course "An Interdisciplinar Approach to Law" within the Research Master in Law Tilburg-Leuven. I also supervise master thesises and give several guest lectures and courses, also outside Tilburg University.
A.C.J.M. (Ton) Wilthagen teaches the following subjects:
Chair Taskforce Youth Unemployment European Policy Centre - Brussels
Member of the Taskforce Technology, Education and Labour Market Brainport Development - Eindhoven
Member of the of International Advisory Board Board of the British Journal of Industrial Relations
Member of the advisory board of BESO - expert centre on inclusive employment
Member of the Board of STePS, the Dutch foundation on the promotion of ePortfolio's
Member of the Advisory Board of the Foundation My Future at Work
Guest professor at the KU Leuven, Belgium.
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Last amended: 09 May 2014