Arjen de Wit

Arjen de Wit (1986) is a PhD Candidate at the Center for Philanthropic Studies at Vrije Universiteit (VU) Amsterdam. His PhD research focuses on the conditions under which government support ‘crowds out’ philanthropic giving. Output from this dissertation has been published in the Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory and the European Sociological Review.


De Wit serves as the Data Manager of the Giving in the Netherlands Panel Survey. In this role he contributed to two books of the Giving in the Netherlands series. He also collaborated in the EU-funded research project Impact of the Third Sector as Social Innovation (ITSSOIN).


During his PhD project, De Wit has been selected as an ARNOVA Emerging Scholar (2012), a Penn Social Impact Doctoral Fellow (2014), an ARNOVA Doctoral Fellow (2015) and an ISTR PhD Seminar Participant (2016).


Key topics: Philanthropy; Volunteering; Welfare states; Migrant participation and Social innovation.





Current position        

PhD Candidate and Data Manager, Center for Philanthropic Studies, Vrije Universiteit (VU) Amsterdam.

Previous positions

PhD Candidate, Department of Sociology, University of Amsterdam (2016).


Research Master in Social Sciences (2012, cum laude), University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

Research productivity

3 peer-reviewed scientific articles; 1 non-peer-reviewed scientific article; 9 book chapters; 5 research reports.


Google Scholar: 28; H-Index 2; I-10 index 1 (based on 14 publications with citation data).