Johan Verstraeten is Professor of Ethics at the Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies, Catholic University Leuven where he is Coordinator of the research unit of Theological Ethics and Director of the Centre for Catholic Social Thought. He is also workshop facilitator and lecturer on leadership and spirituality at the Avicenna Academy for Leadership; Comenius Leadership Programme (University Groningen) and Tilburg Institute of Advanced Studies.
Johan Verstraeten has STD and Ph.D. in Religious Studies (1987) with a dissertation on ‘Between Powerless Moralism and Amoral Power. The Theological-ethical Plausibility and Political Adequacy of the Just War Tradition’ and MA in Philosophy (1984) from the Catholic University of Leuven (with a thesis on Thomas Aquinas on War)
From 1982-1987 he was Research Assistant at the Department of Political Sciences and from 1987-1990 at the Faculty of Economic Sciences (Centre for Economics and Ethics), both at the Catholic University Leuven. From 1995-1997 he became extraordinary professor of business ethics, University of Tilburg. He served as visiting professor at University Graz (summer university 2009 till 2013), Trinity College Dublin (Erasmus exchange programme); Duquesne University (USA) and St. Augustine College of South Africa. From 1996-2002 he was subsequently director and president of the European Ethics Network and chairman of the First European Ethics Summit (European Parliament, 2002).
Johan Verstraeten is member of the editorial boards of Business Ethics: A European Review and The Journal of Catholic Social Thought. He is editor of « Scrutinizing the Signs of the Times in the Light of the Gospel » (Leuven Peeters/University Press, 2005); co-editor of « Reading Patristic Texts on Social Ethics. Issues and Challenges for Twenty-First-Century Christian Social Thought » (Washington, The Catholic University of America Press, 2012); guest editor of a special issue of Journal of Catholic Social Thought on CST and the Movements (2013). His recent articles appeared in Concilium, International Journal of Political Theology and Tijdschrift voor Theologie.