Staff updates

Introducing: Bart Zwegers

Hello everyone. My name is Bart Zwegers and I recently joined the Department of Educational Development and Policy (EDaP).

Between 2009 and 2019 I was a tutor, PhD-candidate and postdoc at FASoS. The last two years I was a lecturer in social and political history at Radboud University Nijmegen. Now, I returned to ‘the old nest’.

I look forward to meeting both old and new colleagues again soon.

Clara Weinhardt wins Young Scholar Award of the ISA DPLST Section

Clara Weinhardt has won the Anthony Deos Young Scholar Award of the Diplomatic Studies Section at this year’s (virtual) International Studies Association annual convention for her work on trade negotiations.

Note to my colleagues: Should you be interested in finding out more about the nomination and selection process for this (and potentially other) prizes at ISA, please get in touch with me! I am happy to share the insights I have.

Akudo McGee heads Dutch branch of think-tank

Akudo McGee will head the think tank 89 Netherlands– the Dutch chapter of the pan-European think tank 89 Initiative.

89 Netherlands will partner closely with Studio Europa Maastricht, Working on Europe, a joint programme created by UM, the City of Maastricht, and the Province of Limburg. Akudo hopes to unite researchers based at UM and elsewhere with Dutch policy-makers and the local community.

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Harro van Lente appointed in EDLAB Advisory Board

Harro van Lente joined the EDLAB Advisory Board, as the representative of FASoS.

The Advisory Board gives educational input, reflects on innovative ideas, and assesses EDLAB project proposals.

EDLAB is the Maastricht University Institute for Education Innovation and promotes an optimal learning experience for students of Maastricht University. It was founded in April 2015.

Introducing: Tullio Viola

Hello! My name is Tullio Viola, and I just joined the Department of Philosophy as an assistant professor in the philosophy of art and culture.

I live in Berlin with my family, and we are hoping to relocate to the Maastricht area as soon as circumstances allow that. I look forward to meeting you all then! In the meantime, you can reach me at

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Introducing: Nick Fung

Hello! My name is Nick Fung, and I am very happy to be joining FASoS as a (soon-to-be) postdoc in the Department of Literature & Art.

My work here forms part of the project PURE3D, in which I will help develop a digital infrastructure for publishing and preserving 3D scholarship.

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Introducing: Victor Sanchez-Mazas

Hello everyone! My name is Victor Sanchez-Mazas.

I am from the University of Geneva (Switzerland) and I am a visiting PhD student at the Department of Philosophy from January to June 2021. Under the temporary supervision of Prof. John Parkinson, I am writing a thesis in democratic theory, attempting to develop a systemic account of democracy in combining systems theory and normative theory.

Looking forward to meeting you!

Introducing: Kelly Schoueri

Hello! My name is Kelly Schoueri and I’ll be joining FASoS as a research assistant for the PURE3D project with Costas Papadopoulos and Susan Schreibman.

I am originally from Michigan in the US but have lived for the past 5 years in Scotland, Austria and Brazil. My academic background is in archaeology and I have in recent years developed as a 3D graphic artist for the cultural heritage sector.

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Introducing: Anna Marino

Hello everyone, it is a pleasure to meet you! My name is Anna Marino, and I have just joined the Department of Political Science at FASoS as TA.

I am 24 years old, Italian, and I pursued my MA in European Studies with a specialisation in international migration and development at Maastricht University in the academic year 2019/2020.

I look forward to working in such a diverse and inspirational environment!

Introducing: Bianca Gijskens

Hi all, my name is Bianca Gijskens and I am 42 years old. In January, I started as HR assistant for FASoS.

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