Ingrid Robeyns holds the chair in ethics of institutions at Utrecht University, the Netherlands. She was trained as an economist and philosopher and received her PhD degree from Cambridge University for a thesis on gender inequality and the capability approach.
Ingrid has broad interdisciplinary interests around a range of normative questions, as well as the development of concepts, theories and methods that can help to analyse such questions. She wrote an influential (open-access) book which offers a clarification and generalization of the capability approach, the theory of well-being and freedom that is best known from the work of Amartya Sen and Martha Nussbaum. Ingrid has worked on a range of public values, such as sustainable quality of life, planetary justice, and distributive justice. She has also written on a large number of concrete social issues, such as the design of parental leave schemes, universal basic income, philanthropy, and inheritance taxation.
Most recently, she completed a public-facing book arguing for limits to how much personal wealth a person can have. She is now turning her attention to comparing various proposals for alternative socio-economic systems that can replace neoliberal capitalism.