Gijsbert Vonk studied law in Amsterdam and London, before receiving a PhD for his research in the field of European social law at the University of Tilburg (1990). After having been head of the department for legal affairs at the Social Insurance Bank in Amstelveen from 1993 to 2006, he became professor of social security law in Groningen. Furthermore, since 1990 he has been holding a part-time chair for Social Security Law at the Faculty of Law of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. Gijsbert Vonk’s fields of interest are (international) social security law, public law, European law and human rights law. His present research interests lie in the flield of poverty and homelessness and the rise of the repressive welfare state.