Equal opportunities

Our efforts for equal opportunity
Stork with babies and the Euromast drawn.

Getting the education you dream of. Living where you want to live. And access to care when you need it. In an ideal world, this is possible for everyone. We just see that the opportunities are not equally distributed. How can we improve this?

Equal opportunities in our education

As an EUR-student there are multiple ways you can work on creating equal opportunities for all.

Three students laugh on campus during the summer by the pond.

Equal opportunities at the office

We strive to be an employer where every employee feels welcome, safe and heard.

Two smiling employees at their work place


Portrait photo of professor Roy Huijsmans.

"It's good to put yourself in someone else's shoes. Who are these food delivery people? And why do they do what they do?"

Roy Huijsmans

Ethnographer at the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS)

Discover the relationship between platform work and migration

How do we get rid of racism in sports?

Although steps have already been taken, subtle forms of racism are still common in sports. Three researchers explain how this is possible and how we can get rid of it.

Lis Camelia, Carmen Longas Luque and Jacco van Sterkenburg are guests at Studio Erasmus and are being interviewed.
Professor Renske Keizer on campus in the sun.

Longer paternity leave after EUR study

Family sociologist Renske Keizer went to visit Lodewijk Asscher, then Minister of Social Affairs, in 2016. There, she provided input for a bill: parental leave for partners to 5 weeks. That's a big step forward. "When I started my research into fatherhood, fathers were entitled to only two days of paid leave. That created barriers to involvement in childrearing right from the start of the child’s life", tells Keizer.

This is how the conversation went

Does your post code determine your chances in life?

Scroll through the story and get the answer

Already in the cradle at a disadvantage

Your chance of buying a house, your chance of having a good income and your chance of getting a particular job is already largely fixed at birth.

Student takes photo of cube houses in Rotterdam.

As it turns out, the place where you were born plays a big role in this.

Foto van de markthal

Difference of thousands of euros

Two young families have the same income. One family lives in Blijdorp. Another family in Oud-Crooswijk. The children of the family from Blijdorp turn out years later as thirty-somethings to earn on average thousands of euros more per year.

Twee studenten die samen fietsen

Inequality quickly apparent after birth

Data show that babies born to lower-income families have a higher BMI than their wealthier peers as early as four months.

All this information can be found in the 'KansenKaart'

It is an interactive website that provides insight into the opportunities of Dutch people in terms of income, education and health.

Economist Ravesteijn explains how the tool works
Rotterdam op kansenkaart.nl

Job application process needs a shake-up at many employers

Research by our work psychologist Janice Odijk shows that the application process of many employers has to change drastically in order to create equal opportunities.

What needs to change
Janice Odijk at Studio Erasmus
Bicycle delivery drivers leave from Blaak to work.
Jelte Lagendijk

Platform work: stressful and unhealthy

Ordering food through Thuisbezorgd, a cab ride through Uber or domestic help through Helping. All are examples of platform work. Research shows that work experiences of platform workers are more often negative than those with other employment contracts. Work-life balance is less, job insecurity is greater and they are more likely to feel exhausted. How can this be improved?

This is what EUR does

More inequality due to additional birth leave

New fathers can take an additional 5 weeks of birth leave. They get 70% of their salary for those weeks. That sounds nice, but it doesn't work for everyone.

How to do better?
Man walks across Erasmus Bridge with pram.

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