Children's rights researcher Marieke Hopman (1988) combines philosophy, sociology, anthropology and law in an attempt to better understand children's rights violations. In her research, she gives special attention to children who are least heard in society, and tries to involve them actively in her different research projects.
Marieke graduated as a PhD in May 2019 with her doctoral thesis "Looking at Law Through Children's Eyes".
In April 2019 she started as project leader for the NWO-WOTRO funded 4-year project "Invisible Children: a rights-based approach to development for children living in unrecognized states".
More info, see: www.childrensrightsresearch.com
In addition, she is the projectleader of the newly founded "Maastricht Platform for Community-Engaged Research" (MPCER) and she teaches philosophy in high school.
Sociology of law
Professional career history
After finishing her BA Philosophy at the University of Tilburg and her MA at the University of Amsterdam, she recently successfully defended her PhD research "looking at law through children's eyes". In the thesis, she designed a new theoretical and methodological framework meant to study children’s rights violations from a bottom-up, legal pluralist approach. The research includes several case studies including field research, among which the child's right to education in the Netherlands and in the Central African Republic.