Staff updates

Valentina Mazzucato, Bilisuma Dito and Konjit Gudeta interviewed by UM

Researchers in the Well-being, Women, and Work in Ethiopia (3WE) research project – Valentina Mazzucato, Bilisuma Dito, and Konjit Gudeta – have been interviewed by UM on the effects of the corona crisis on the situation of female workers in foreign flower farms and factories in Ethiopia.

Maarten Vink appointed Chair in Citizenship Studies at EUI

Maarten Vink, Professor of Political Science with a focus on Political Sociology, has been appointed to the Chair in Citizenship Studies at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies (RSCAS) at the European University Institute (EUI) in Florence from 1 September 2020. Maarten will be on special leave from Maastricht University for the duration of his five year-appointment at the EUI.

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Patrick Bijsmans and Esther Versluis publish research on ES and PBL

Patrick Bijsmans and Esther Versluis have published a peer-reviewed article in European Political Science entitled ‘Problem-based learning and the relevance of teaching and learning European Studies in times of crises‘.

They discus the question how to maintain a study’s relevance in light of ever-changing societal developments, based on a survey and a focus group discussion with BA ES students.

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Afke Groen, Patrick Bijsmans and Johan Adriaensen publish article

Afke Groen, Patrick Bijsmans and Johan Adriaensen have just published a new peer-reviewed article in ‘European Political Science’ on the generic skills self-assessment tool that is part of the BA ES mentor programme portfolio. They re-developed the existing self-assessment tool and tested its merits through a quasi-experimental study.

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Joep Leerssen wins ALLEA’s Madame de Staël Prize for Cultural Values

Joep Leerssen, Professor of European Studies at the University of Amsterdam and special chair Limburg and Europe at FASoS, has won the Madame de Staël Prize for Cultural Values.

This prize is worth €10,000 and is awarded by ALLEA, the European Federation of Academies of Sciences and Humanities, jointly with the foundation Compagnia di San Paolo.

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Anna Harris receives funding from Global Young Academy

The Global Young Academy has funded and supported an initiative led by Anna Harris and fellow GYA member William Godsoe which takes a critical look at experiments.

Use of experiments is growing in the humanities/social sciences and questioned in fields like psychology and economics. The pandemic has led to both new kinds of fast experimentation and interruptions. The initiative draws on the interdisciplinary and global expertise of the Academy.

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Valentina Mazzucato appointed member of KHMW

Prof. Valentina Mazzucato has been appointed member of the Koninklijke Hollandsche Maatschappij der Wetenschappen (KHMW; Royal Holland Society of Sciences and Humanities).

The KHMW is a unique society that aims to bridge the gap between science and society. It is composed of 400 societal leaders and 550 professors with an impressive track record.

You can find a list of other appointed members and directors here.

Afke Groen leaves FASoS

Afke Groen will be leaving FASoS and Maastricht University by the end of February.

As of March, she will be working at the national office of the Dutch liberal-democratic party D66, where she will be a researcher for the party’s political foundation, the Mr. Hans van Mierlo Stichting.

She would like to extend a heartfelt “thank you” to her FASoS students: “it has been a great joy to have been your tutor, supervisor or mentor”.

Eslam Nofal interviewed by The Maastricht Yearbook

The Maastricht Yearbook (Dutch: Jaarboek Maastricht) is published annually for the past sixty years as a chronicle of the city and its residents. Each edition has a different theme in which special stories are featured.

Eslam Nofal was interviewed for the 2019 edition of the book about his first impressions of Maastricht as a new resident of the city, linked to his background of living in Egypt and in several European cities.

Hylke Dijkstra contributes to European Security and Defence College

Hylke Dijkstra has provided training for the 15th European Security and Defence College (ESDC) High-Level Course in Berlin on 20 January.

He briefed approximately 70 senior military officers, diplomats and EU officials on civilian capacities for EU security missions and chaired a roundtable on the new EU Civilian Compact to improve such capabilities.

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