Willems, Willemine, MA

Sustainable Healthcare = Just Healthcare

Department of Philosophy, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Maastricht Universiteit, mailto: [email protected]

Supervisor(s): Prof. T. Swierstra and Prof. P. Vergauwen



2009-2013 – Lecturer and tutor in Ethics, STS and Philosophy of Science – University of Amsterdam, Hogeschool Utrecht, Haagse Hogeschool
2008-2009 – Researcher at Rathenau Institute
2007 – MA in Philosophy of Science (with honours)– University of Amsterdam
2007 – MA in Political Science, major International Relations (with honours) – University of Amsterdam
2007 – Combined thesis on the politics of truth of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of South Africa supervised by Dr. N. Marres and Dr. A. Freyberg
2006 – Research at WISER (Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research), Johannesburg
2004 – Visiting student at New School University, New York


In 2013 the Dutch Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport decided to actively follow nine local initiatives that aim to innovate the organisation of healthcare. Each of these organisations’ goal is to cutback in expenditure but to maintain or even improve the quality of care at the same time. The project focuses on a number of such health care innovations (proeftuinen) in the southern part of the Netherlands, more specifically on the moral vocabularies that different stakeholders draw upon in justifying their choices and criticizing/supporting new ways of organizing healthcare. The reasearch combines methodologies from empirical ethics and behavioral economy in order to gain insight into the moral, social and economic incentives that influence choices made in healthcare practices.
The project is part of the interdisciplinary knowledge programme Sustainable Healthcare that consists of six research projects involving researchers mainly from the Faculty of Health Medicine and Life Sciences, but also from the Faculties of Law, Psychology and Neuroscience and the School of Business Economics.


Dietrich, C. & Willems, W. (2013) Kapitein verlaat je schip niet. NRC Handelsblad, 16 maart.

Willems, W. (2013) From Apology to Excuse: Abuse cases within the Catholic Church as public and scientific objects of research. In: D. Cuypers, D. Janssen, J. Haers & B. Segaert (eds) Public Apology Between Ritual and Regret. Amsterdam: Rodopi

Willems, W. (2010) Op zoek naar publiek in Zuid-Afrika: Waarheid en verzoening als nieuwe techniek van transitie. In: M. Huijer & M. Smits (eds) Moralicide. Nieuwe morele vocabulaires voor technologie, Zoetermeer: Clement

Willems, W. (2009) De politiek aan de knoppen van de machine: spraaktechnologie in het inburgeringsbeleid. In: H. Dijstelbloem & A. Meijer (eds) Migratiemachine. De rol van technologie in het migratiebeleid, Amsterdam: Van Gennep