Staff updates

Introducing: Adam Dixon

My name is Adam Dixon. I joined FASoS as Associate Professor of Globalization and Development in the GTD group on 1 January 2018. I am a political economist with an interest in understanding the relationship between the state and the economy, with a specific focus on state-controlled investment funds known conventionally as sovereign wealth funds.

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FASoS Teaching & Learning blog launches debate on the erosion of PBL @ FASoS

In their new blog on ‘The Erosion of PBL at FASoS?’, staff members Patrick Bijsmans and Mirko Reithler launch a debate on PBL challenges in teaching and learning practices at the Faculty. They find that many of PBL’s core ideas have come under pressure. Do you agree with their diagnosis? Maybe you have some solutions to offer? If so, react to the blog or draft your own post!

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Introducing: Alice Prior

My name is Alice Prior and I am an intern in the MO-TRAYL project at Maastricht University since May 2018.

Since 2012, I have been a student at The University of Padua. In April 2018 I finished my master in Community Psychology with my thesis in line with my major interests: identifying the psychosocial and behavioral factors that affect health and wellbeing at the local, national and global levels.

Introducing: Christian Ernsten

My name is Christian Ernsten. On 1 April 2018 I joined FASoS as a researcher in heritage studies at the Department of History. I’m affiliated with the Maastricht Centre for Arts and Culture, Conservation, and Heritage (MACCH) and I’m lecturing in the Arts and Heritage master.

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New FASoS T&L blog on using writing in PBL

One problem of PBL is that only one student can speak at once. And the competition to seize the floor favours the most confident. FASoS Academic Writing Advisor John Harbord discusses how using writing in PBL can change that dynamic, allowing greater participation, giving shy students the chance to articulate and share their thoughts, and feeding a multiplicity of ideas into the discussion.

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Lauren Wagner new Programme Director MA GDS

The Faculty Board has appointed Lauren Wagner as the new Programme Director of the MA programme Globalisation and Development Studies. Lauren Wagner will succeed the current director Wiebe Nauta on 1 September 2018 for a period of three years.

Many thanks to Wiebe for successfully navigating the GDS programme through the re-accreditation process, and we hope the next period will live up to his legacy.

New FASoS Teaching & Learning Blog on PBL at the University of Bamberg

While it is not, strictly speaking, ‘new’ anymore, Problem-Based Learning (PBL) can be considered as more relevant than ever in a world that is characterised by increasingly complex (policy) problems. In the first guest contribution to the FASoS & Blog, Martin Wirtz and Lasse Gerrits from the University of Bamberg argue that the way students learn to address such problems by means of PBL fits complexity-informed perspectives on public policy.

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Hans Schouwenburg wins UM valorisation prize

Two researchers who earned their PhD from Maastricht University in 2017 were awarded a prize for the quality of their valorisation chapter in their dissertation. Since a few years, PhD candidates at the UM are required to write a chapter about the way their research can be translated into societal or economic value. Last year, Dr. Hans Schouwenburg and Dr. David Barata wrote this chapter so well that they were awarded the Valorisation Prize 2017.

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Introducing: Mareike Smolka

This month Mareike Smolka has joined FASoS as a PhD student with a scholarship from the Center for Cultural Research Lübeck (ZKFL) in Germany. Her ethnographic and historical study of different actors’ conceptions of “responsibility” in neuroscientific meditation research will be supervised by Cyrus Mody, Darian Meacham and Cornelius Borck (ZKFL).

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Arjan Schakel new Programme Director BA European Studies

The Faculty Board has appointed Arjan Schakel as the new Programme Director of the BA programme European Studies. Arjan Schakel will succeed the current director Esther Versluis on 1 September 2018 for a period of three years.

The colleagues from the BA European Studies thank Esther Versluis wholeheartedly for her incredible effort and extraordinary dedication of the past four years.


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