FASoS Research

VSBfonds research grant for Joop de Jong and his team

The research project on Community Arts, commissioned by Burgerkracht Limburg and Huis voor de Kunsten Limburg and led by Joop de Jong, has received an extra grant from the VSBfonds.

VSBfonds is one of the biggest private endowment funds in the Netherlands, annually contributing EUR 26 million to a society in which everybody feels included, is able to fully participate and experience self-development.

Call for applications RSF and VSF – round 2, 2019

The calls for the Research Stimulation Fund (RSF) as well as the ‘Valorisatie’ Stimulation Fund (VSF) are open as of today, Thursday 16 May. Download the calls below for more information and use one of the applicable application forms to submit your proposal by Thursday 6 June 2019, 12.00 hours to research-fasos@maastrichtuniversity.nl.


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Former Dutch Ombudsman Alex Brenninkmeijer visits FASoS

On 2 May, Alex Brenninkmeijer, the former Dutch Ombudsman (2005-2013), and current member of the European Court of Auditors (2014-) in Luxembourg, visited FASoS to discuss a research project with Paul Stephenson. Since July 2014 he has been Honorary Professor of The Rule of Law’s Institutional Aspects at the Faculty of Law, Economics and Governance, University of Utrecht, having previously studied at the universities of Tilburg and Groningen.


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New research project on Community Arts for Joop de Jong

Burgerkracht Limburg and Huis voor de Kunsten Limburg have commissioned a research project on Community Arts, mapping activities and actors, and analysing meanings, goals and effects of art projects with, in or by communities. What is the social impact of participation in these art activities? And what are the critical success and failure factors? The results should help to increase the efficacy of community arts policies of both organisations.

Elsje Fourie awarded a fellowship by the Japan Foundation

Dr. Fourie has received funding from the Japanese government to spend part of the summer conducting research in Tokyo.

While in Japan, Elsje will be researching the transfer of Japanese industrial productivity methods to Africa, as well as observing policymakers at the Seventh Tokyo International Conference of Africa’s Development (TICAD).

She will be affiliated with the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies as a visiting researcher.

Research by Johan Adriaensen & colleagues presented to the EP

On 1 April 2019, the European Parliament’s International Trade Committee (INTA) held a presentation of the study ‘Parliamentary scrutiny of trade policies across the Western world’ researched and written by Johan Adriaensen and three colleagues, Bart Kerremans, Evelyn Coremans and Francesca Colli (KU Leuven).


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Research by Stephenson and Spendzharova referenced in EC Policy Report

Research conducted by Paul Stephenson and Aneta Spendzharova has been referenced in the European Commission Joint Research Centre’s Science for Policy Report 2019.

The European Commission has been taking stock of its Better Regulation Agenda. Findings have been presented in a press release on 15 April. The Joint Research Centre has undertaken and published a review of the academic literature. The report is available online. It references research by Aneta and Paul.


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Worlds of Wonder: citizens invited to help research the history of microscopy

An online crowdsourcing initiative of the FASoS MUSTS research group, Worlds of Wonder, was launched this week. Worlds of Wonder is part of an NWO-funded PhD project that invites citizens to help analyse illustrations in nineteenth-century microscopy journals and books – anyone can join and research the history of microscopy!

You can join the project on Zooniverse or learn more about the history of microscopy on the Worlds of Wonder blog.


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MACIMIDE researchers granted working on Europe Fundamental Research Grant

Dr. Bilisuma Dito (Assistant professor, Globalisation and Development Studies at FASoS) and Dr. Michaella Vanore (research fellow, Maastricht Graduate School of Governance, FSE), have been awarded a grant within UM’s Working on Europe research scheme. They have received the grant under action 3 of the scheme (fundamental research) to research gendered inequalities in family reunification policies in select EU member states.


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Participants wanted for the open access Taverne project

Making published articles and book chapters available in open access is important to share academic results with society. While most publishers handle an embargo period of a year or longer, according to Dutch law a ‘reasonable’ (i.e. shorter) period is possible.

The university library is looking for researchers who would like to participate in a nation-wide pilot promoting open access through the UM repository after six months.


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