Wim van Oorschot is Professor of Social Policy at the Faculty of Social Sciences of Leuven University. His research and teaching regard the comparative, cultural analysis of European welfare states and their social policies. He has published on non-take-up, disability benefits, solidarity and equity in social protection, social capital and solidarity in European welfare states. At present his research focuses on the relationships between culture and welfare, which he studies through comparative analysis of welfare attitudes and welfare deservingness beliefs in relation to economic , social and institutional national contexts. Wim van Oorschot is co-founder and honorary president of ESPAnet (the Network for European Social Policy Analysis), initiator and director of EDAC (the European Data Centre for Work and Welfare), Honorary Professor at the Centre for Comparative Welfare Research CCWS of Aalborg University (Denmark), Senior Research Fellow at LISER (Luxembourg), and board member of a number of international journals in the field of sociology and social policy studies.
For his latest book see: Oorschot, W. v., Roosma, F., Meuleman, B., & Reeskens, T. (Eds.). (2017). The social legitimacy of targeted welfare: Attitudes towards welfare deservingness. Edward Elgar Publishing.