Staff publications

New FASoS T&L Blog post on designing atmospheres of learning

Classrooms and lecture theatres are often taken-for-granted. On 22 October 2019, colleagues and students gathered in the FASoS attic for a workshop to explore the places in which we learn and teach, and how they could be changed.

In the latest contribution to the FASoS T&L Blog, Anna Harris, Shanti Sumartojo and Sally Wyatt discuss how the sensory and design ethnography workshop made possible new considerations for thinking about learning spaces.

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Iskander De Bruycker publishes in Governance

Iskander De Bruycker (FASoS) and Evelien Willems (University of Antwerp) have a new research publication in Governance titled ‘Balancing Constituency and Congruence’.

The study shows that civil society groups are more likely to align with public opinion if they strongly involve their members in lobbying activities, while the opposite holds true for business lobby groups.

The article is available here.

Paul Stephenson edits special issue on policy evaluation in the EU

Paul Stephenson has seen the publication of his special issue ‘The Politicisation of Evaluation: Constructing and Contesting EU Policy Performance’ (60/4) in the German Political Science Quarterly (PVS, Politische Vierteljahresschrift), the leading political science journal in Germany.

Paul edited the issue in cooperation with Jonas Schoenefeld (Darmstadt/UEA) and Frans Leeuw (Maastricht Law Faculty). The issue contains 5/8 articles as open access.

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Maarten Vink collaborates with National Geographic

Maarten Vink collaborated with National Geographic and published a 1-page data visualisation on the global variety in citizenship laws, drawing on data from the Global Citizenship Observatory (GLOBALCIT), a web platform that provides user-friendly open access to a major worldwide collection of data and analyses on citizenship laws and franchise.

National Geographic magazine reaches 49 million print and digital readers in 33 languages worldwide.

Clara Weinhardt publishes book on EU-West Africa trade negotiations

Clara Weinhardt has published her book ‘Negotiating Trade in Uncertain Worlds: Misperception and Contestation in EU-West Africa Relations’ with Routledge. This book shows how a constructivist account of bargaining sheds new light on the emergence of impasse situations in international trade negotiations.
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Peter Peters co-edits book on dialogues science and technology studies

Peter Peters has co-edited a book, together with Henk Borgdorff (Leiden University) and Trevor Pinch (Cornell University), entitled ‘Dialogues between Artistic Research and Science and Technology Studies‘ (Routledge). This edited volume maps dialogues between science and technology studies research on the arts and the emerging field of artistic research.

Clara Weinhardt publishes article on China and the liberal trade order

Clara Weinhardt and Tobias ten Brink (Jacobs University) published the article ‘Varieties of contestation: China’s rise and the liberal trade order‘ in the Review of International Political Economy. They reassess whether, and if so how and why, China contests the WTO’s liberal trade order. They argue that a pattern of selective contestation suggests that China will neither entirely abandon the WTO nor proactively revive it.

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New FASoS T&L Blog on pre-discussions in PBL

Students often struggle with pre-discussions, yet this is one of the most important elements of PBL. In this blog, Jasmijn van der Most suggests treating the seven steps in a more flexible manner and standing outside of the group to give the students space. She argues that these adaptations have made it easier for students to produce a productive pre-discussion.

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Paul Stephenson writes for the European Court of Auditors journal

With 450 new Members of European Parliament (MEPs), what are the political implications of the new European Parliament (EP) on auditing and scrutinising EU budgetary expenditure?

María-Luisa Sánchez-Barrueco (University of Deusto) and Paul Stephenson (Maastricht University) discuss the role, activities and composition of the Committee on Budgetary Control (CONT) on pages 69-73 of the recent issue of the European Court of Auditors (ECA) journal.

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Mariëlle Wijermars publishes book on freedom of expression in Russia

Mariëlle Wijermars has published an edited volume entitled ‘Freedom of Expression in Russia’s New Mediasphere‘ (Routledge) co-edited with Katja Lehtisaari. Drawing on a wide range of disciplines, the book examines the current state of the freedom of speech, freedom of expression, and media freedom in Russia, focusing on online media.

The book will be festively launched in Helsinki on 16 December.

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