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Professor Jan Breman

Professor Jan Breman

Professor Jan Breman is a notable and influential sociologist specialising in South and South East Asian Studies.

Born in 1936, he majored in social sciences at the University of Amsterdam and having been professor of sociology at Erasmus University (the former Netherlands Economic School),
he transferred to the University of Amsterdam to teach comparative sociology in 1987.

Professor Breman was Dean of the postgraduate Centre for Asian Studies, Amsterdam and one of the founding fathers of the Amsterdam School for Social Science. He continues to be associated with the Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research as an Emeritus Professor and became Extraordinary
Professor of Development Sociology at the Institute of Social Studies in The Hague.

Professor Jan Breman, Honorary Doctorate, 2013 Graduation

Professor Breman has been a visiting professor in India, Pakistan, China and Indonesia and his research interests are employment and labour relations in contemporary Asia, history of colonialism, labour migration, conditions of poverty and the social question in a global perspective. He has supervised twenty five PhD theses on these subjects and his fieldwork based research in India (South Gujarat)
and Indonesia (West Java) has resulted in more than twenty books including edited volumes and articles in numerous academic journals. Parts of his work have been translated into Indian languages, Chinese, Bahasa Indonesian, and a number of European languages. He is also on the editorial board of various professional journals including The Journal of Southeast Asian Studies, Development and Change.

He has served as a member of many committees including the South Asia Committee of the American Social Science Research Council, the Committee on Asian Studies of the European Science Foundation, the International Institute of Asian studies, the Netherlands Foundation for Tropical Research and the International Institute of Social History.

Professor Breman is a fellow of the Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Academia Europaea. In November 2009 he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the International Institute of Social Studies in The Hague and received a royal distinction for his contribution to science and civil society.