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Research interests

Johan Graafland is economist and theologian and specialized in the field of macroeconomic ethics, business ethics/corporate social responsibility and a Christian view of the economy. The macroeconomic ethics considers the morality of economic institutions. Prof. Graafland applies economic ethics to the evaluation of market operation in specific segments of the economy. A second area of research is business ethics. Prof. Graafland is particularly specialized in the field of corporate social responsibility. He has done several conceptual as well as empirical researches to corporate social responsibility. Since March 2010 he performs a large scale research to corporate social responsibility of companies in Europe for the European Union (KP7). Furthermore, prof. Graafland has done several empirical researches to the influence of religion on corporate social responsibility.



  • 1981 - 1982: Teacher economics at Secondary School for Administrative Staff in Gouda;
  • 1982 - 1986: Research assistant at Macro Economic Policy group at Erasmus University Rotterdam;
  • 1986 - 1987: Economist at the division Sector Models of the Dutch Central Planning Bureau. Engaged in the construction of a sectoral model to analyse the interaction between official and underground economy for the Netherlands;
  • 1987 - 1993: Economist at the division Applied General Equilibrium Models of the Dutch Central Planning Bureau. Engaged in construction of an AGE model for the Netherlands to analyse the interaction between the system of taxation and social security and the labour market and application of the model to policy issues;
  • 1993 - 2000: Head of the division Applied General Equilibrium Models of the Dutch Central Planning Bureau;
  • 2000: Professor in Economics, Business and Ethics / Ethical consultant in Business;
  • 2002-2009: Director of Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility at Tilburg University.

Current courses

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PhD supervision

PhD's under guidance of prof. Graafland:

  • Corrie Mazereeuw: Religion and corporate social responsibility
  • Mandy Bosma: Aiding the distant poor: the extent and distribution of the duties of the affluent
  • Robert Gielissen: Fair prices and social products

External positions

Member of supervisory board (Protestantse Theologische Universiteit)

19 Jun 2020 → …

Secretary (Stichting Verburg Fonds)

1 Jan 2019 → …

Writer of columns (Reformatorisch Dagblad)

1 Jul 200731 Dec 2019

Member of curatorium (Stg. Christelijke Filofosofieeerte)

1 Jun 2005 → …


  • Philosophy Of Economy
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Business Ethics


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