Staff updates

Introducing: Soetkin Verhaegen

Hi, I am Soetkin Verhaegen, a new Assistant Professor in European Politics at FASoS.

Before coming to Maastricht, I was postdoctoral researcher at UC Louvain (2019-2020), Stockholm University (2017-2019), and KU Leuven (where I also did my PhD, 2015). In 2016, I worked as a teacher at Europe House Ryckevelde, a Flemish NGO aiming to connect citizens and the EU.


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Introducing: Yabo Wu

Hello, Everyone! My name is Yabo Wu and I’m from China.

I’m excited to start a new journey here at FASoS. My research interests lie in the field of political economy and state-business relations.


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Introducing: Till Schöfer

Hi all, I am Till Schöfer and I am very happy to be joining the Maastricht University as a researcher on international trade and development issues!

I will be working alongside Clara Weinhardt on the special rights of developing countries in the WTO. As part of my doctoral research in Berlin, I also focus on Chinese foreign policy and the crisis of multilateralism.


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Introducing: Zoltán Császár

My name is Zoltán and I am looking forward to getting to know you.

I am Hungarian and I moved to the Netherlands for love 13 years ago and we have been living in beautiful Maastricht for 2 years now.


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Harro van Lente appointed as chair NWO committee

Harro van Lente has been appointed as the chairman of the NWO assessment committee for proposals on Responsible Innovation in the area of High Tech Systems and Materials (HTSM).

The proposals focus on important societal challenges and the innovations required for these. They address the societal aspects of these (technological) innovations at an early stage so that they can be taken into account during the design and development phase.

Lea Beiermann wins BSHS Singer Prize

The British Society for the History of Science announced Lea Beiermann as joint winner of the Singer Prize 2020, together with Alex Aylward (University of Leeds).

The £500 prize is awarded every two years to writers of essays outstanding in research, novelty and expression, based on original research into any aspect of the history of science, technology or medicine.


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Leonie Cornips nominated for Klokhuis Wetenschapsprijs

Leonie Cornips has been nominated for the Klokhuis Wetenschapsprijs. Her research into the language cows speak is one of the 10 shortlisted research topics.

The aim of the prize is to interest a diverse and young audience for scientific research. Children aged 9 through 12 vote for their favourite research via the Klokhuis website. An entire Klokhuis episode will be dedicated to the winning research.


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Jan de Roder member of the University Council

Jan de Roder has succeeded Sjaak Koenis as member of the University Council, representing UM’s scientific staff.

His term will run until September 2021.

Introducing: Niklas Mayer

Hi all, I am happy to be in Maastricht with you all, starting a PhD at FASoS! 🙂

I will be working on the EU’s development approach to climate migration in the Horn of Africa. Has anyone done research related to this topic?

Before, I studied and worked in Brazil, Mexico, Canada, Spain, Poland and Germany and I have a background in international relations and EU politics.

I am looking forward to meeting you!

Introducing: Vasiliki Belia

Hi all! My name is Vasiliki, or Vasso, and I have just started my PhD at FASoS.

My research project “Redrawing feminism: graphic narrative engagements with the feminist past,” funded by the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO), studies contemporary graphic narratives (a genre of comics) that engage with the history of feminism and negotiate its meaning in the present.


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