Willem Elbers

Nijmegen, The Netherlands.                         Email: w.elbers@maw.ru.nl




Short bio

Willem Elbers is a lecturer and researcher at the department of Cultural Anthropology and Develoment Studies of  Radboud University in Nijmegen (Netherlands). He has  a PhD degree in Development Studies (2012) and he has published on civil society & NGOs, partnerships, lobby & advocacy and managerialism. In addition, he is the coordinator of the Advanced Master in International Development (AMID), a one year post-master program in the field of international development field with a problem-solving oriented curriculum. Since having completed his PhD  he has done several consultancy jobs related to his fields of expertise.

Why I am a humble bee?

Humble fee fits my personal conviction about doing meaningful work in the international devleopment field. It also fits my aspiration to combine university work with regular consultancy work. I like the problem and client oriented nature of consultancy work as opposed to working at the university which is sometimes a bit too abstract and far-removed from reality. I also think I can learn a lot from working with others and finally, I like working with people with whom I like, respect and trust.

Thematic expertise

  • Governance, civil society and participation
  • Human rights advocacy
  • Organisational development
  • Inclusive and sustainable development
  • Strategic policy advice for NGOs


  • Training , teaching and supervision: I am a qualified and experienced teacher and have thought/trained BA-students, MA-students, AMID-students and NGO-staff over the past years. In addition, I have supervised numerous BA and MA-students in writing their thesis.
  • Research & methodology:  As a university lecturer with a PhD-degree I have considerable research skills. In addition, I have thought research methodology at the BA2 and BA3-level. I am experienced with qualitative and quantitative methodology, although my specialisation lies with the first.