Jens Van ‘T Klooster

Visiting Fellow

Jens Van ‘T Klooster

Jens is an FWO Postdoctoral Fellow at the KU Leuven and a member of the research group “A New Normative Framework for Financial Debt” at the University of Amsterdam. 


Jens holds PhDs from the Faculty of Philosophy of the University of Cambridge and the Department of Economics and Business of the University of Groningen. In the latter, he studied the design and evolution of the European Central Bank’s risk management strategy from the 1988 Delors Committee to the present. 

Research interests

  • EU finance and climate policy
  • Governance of financial risk
  • Technocratic authority and democratic legitimacy
  • Financial ethics (in particular distributive justice)


Jens recently published “A Risky Bet: Should the EU Choose a microprudential or a credit guidance approach to climate risk?” (with Agnieszka Smoleńska; available here) and “The ECB’s neglected secondary mandate: An inter-institutional solution” (with Nik de Boer; available here).

To get an idea of Jens’ work in political philosophy, this handbook chapter provides an introduction to all the interesting work going on in the field (available here).