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Prof. dr. Margo Trappenburg

Margo Trappenburg

Endowed Professor of Foundations of Social Work


030 2538101


Bijlhouwerstraat 6
3511 ZC


Margo Trappenburg studied political science at Leiden University. She defended her thesis, about debates on ethical issues in the Netherlands, in 1993. Since 2000 Trappenburg is associate professor at the Utrecht School of Governance. From 2004-2008 she held a special professorship at the Erasmus University Rotterdam, on the role of patients in health care politics. From 2008-2013 she held another special professorship at the University of Amsterdam, where she studied recent developments in the welfare state. Since October 2014 Trappenburg holds a part time endowed chair at the University of Humanistic Studies in Utrecht, where she studies social work and public professionalism. Trappenburg’s research interests include: welfare state policy, professional ethics, health care politics and contemporary political philosophy.


Trappenburg's current research interests include changes in the welfare state (from active to passive solidarity). What do these changes entail for vulnerable citizens, for non vulnerable citizens and for paid professionals, such as social workers?

At the University of Humanistic Studies she participates in the research projects on ' Dignity' and 'Experiencing Dependence' .


- Trappenburg, M. (2022) ‘The only thing I do is coordination’: on the voluntarisation of social work in the Netherlands. European Journal of Social Work, 25 (3), pp. 538-549.
 - Trappenburg M, T. Kampen & E. Tonkens (2022) Street-Level Bureaucrats in a Catch-All Bureaucracy. Administration & Society, June 2022.  doi:10.1177/00953997221104679
-  M. Trappenburg, Helpen als ambacht. Over arbeidsdeling in de participatiemaatschappij, oratie 2016. 
- Bredewold, F., E. Tonkens & M. Trappenburg (2016), Solidarity and Reciprocity Between People With and Without Disabilities, Journal of Community & Applied Social Psychology, 26(6): 534-550. 
- Schillemans, T.H., H. v.d. Bovenkamp, M. Trappenburg (2016), From “Major Decisions” to “Everyday Life”: Direct Accountability to Clients, in: P. Mattei (ed.),  Public Accountability and Health Care Governance,165-192
- Bredewold, F., E. Tonkens & M. Trappenburg (2015),  Urban Encounters Limited: the Importance of Built-in Boundaries in Contacts between People with Intellectual or Psychiatric Disabilities and their Neighbours, Urban Studies, 53(16); 3371-3387. 
- Trappenburg, M. (2013), Active Solidarity and Its Discontents,  Health Care Analysis, 23 (3): 207-220

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Ancillary activities

Trappenburg is chairperson of the scientific advisory council of the BPSW (professional association of social workers).

She is a member of the advisory board of Sociaal Werk Nederland (branch organisation of social work employers) installed to implement a branche benchmark for social work organisations. 
She is a member of the advisory board of the master program social work at Hanze and Stenden universities of applied sciences.