Staff publications

Lagendijk co-author chapter on Energy Policy

Together with colleagues from the United Kingdom and Norway, Vincent Lagendijk has co-authored a chapter in volume “Advancing Energy Policy: Lessons on the integration of Social Sciences and Humanities”, edited by Chris Foulds and Rosie Robinson. This open source volume (get it for free online) breaks new ground in combining various social scientific and humanties perspectives.

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Lectures in PBL: the latest FASoS Teaching & Learning Blog post

Problem-Based Learning predominantly revolves around the learning process in the tutorial group. But what place then for lectures in this process? In her new post on the FASoS Teaching & Learning Blog, Afke Groen discusses her experience with lecturing in Problem-Based Learning. She shares several ideas and suggestions on how to make lectures more active and more complementary to the learning process in the tutorial group.

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Kiran Klaus Patel’ New Book on the EU

Kiran has published a new book on the history of the EU (in German; English version forthcoming). Projekt Europa: Eine kritische Geschichte covers fields as diverse as peace and security, growth and prosperity, or values and norms. It provides the first overall assessment of the EU’s impact on European societies during the Cold War.

The book, published last week, has already attracted a lot of media attention, with several interview, reviews, etc.

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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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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New Advice from the KNAW about big data in research

On 15 May the KNAW has published a new report about the use of big data in research, focusing on data containing details about people. The report is called, ‘Big data in wetenschappelijk onderzoek met gegevens over personen’. It is available in Dutch (with an English summary).

Sally Wyatt (TSS) was a member of the committee, and Annika Richterich (LK) took part in the consultation process.

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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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Kiran Klaus Patel co-edits special issue in Contemporary European History

Last week, Contemporary European History published a special issue with the title ‘Continuity and Change in European Cooperation during the Twentieth Century’, edited by Wolfram Kaiser (Portsmouth) and Kiran Klaus Patel. The special issue brings together eight articles (including one by Vincent Lagendijk).

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Blog: Not much new under the sun: a brief history of responsible innovation

In her latest blog, Danielle Shanley (History) wonders just how innovative responsible research and innovation is and offers a brief history of the RRI concept. It is published on the Ethics and RRI blog of BrisSynBio, a UK Research Council funded Synthetic Biology Research Centre based at the University of Bristol. The blog is curated by Darian Meacham (Philosophy), who is director for responsible research and innovation at BrisSynBio.

Ferenc Laczó’s ‘Populism in Power in Hungary’ published on Eurozine

Ahead of the April 8 Hungarian general elections, Ferenc Laczó’s article on recent political developments in the country titled ‘Populism in Power in Hungary’ has been published on Eurozine. The article has also appeared in German, Polish and Slovene translations in Ost-West, Wiez and Revija Razpotja, respectively.

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