Dr. Mindel van de Laar


PhD Director GPAC2 / Senior Programme Manager
4. Governance and institutions

Dr. Mindel van de Laar is PhD director of the dual career PhD programme in Governance and Policy Analysis (GPAC2)  of UNU-MERIT / Maastricht Graduate School of Governance, Maastricht University.  The programme hosts on average 50 part time PhD fellows, and offers workshops, and supervision services. The directorship activities include development of the educational programme, supervision of the first year PhD fellows in drafting their research proposals and following progress of the higher year fellows once content supervisors are assigned. 

In addition, she manages a selection of research and training projects, including:

The Evidence-Based Policy Research Methods (EPRM) course, a programme designed with a blended learning concept, to allow working professionals to set their  first steps in research design alongside their jobs.

The Community of Learning for Africa project (COLA), a project developed to assess the needs for research and feedback support of researchers and PhD fellows in Africa. The project aims to develop a network and platform with services to be offered to the research communities in Africa interested in similar topics as UNU-MERIT / MGSOG are working on.

She also coordinates the input of our course in Public Policy offered in the Master of Science in Social Protection, offered in coop­er­a­tion with Hei­del­berg Uni­ver­si­ty, Ger­many, the Nation­al Eco­nom­ics Uni­ver­si­ty, Viet­nam and Uni­ver­si­tas Indone­sia, Indone­sia. http://master-social-protection.com/

Mindel van de Laar supervises master and PhD fellows with topics in the field of decision making and higher education and capacity building. She offers PhD education in research methods. She is institutional representative in the Association for Public Policy and Management (APPAM).

Mindel is also trained as Co-active life coach (The coaches, CTI). She is actively involved as coach for PhD fellows, enrolled in an individual coaching track, and for master student enrolled via the Premium project (UM).

Mindel holds a PhD in economics and a MSc in International Economic Studies from Maastricht Univerity. She works in the School of Governance since 2006, until 1 january 2015 mainly as director and vice director of the full time PhD programme. Before her employment at MGSOG, she was employed by the Boston Consulting Group, she was global senior analyst for the Corporate Finance and Strategy Department, focusing on strategy issues related to mergers, acquisitions and alliances, using various large global M&A and alliances databases. She also worked on several international projects in transition countries in the field of social protection, both as consultant and researcher.




Selected publications by Mindel van de Laar


Articles (journal, professional, popular)
Laar, Mindel van de & Oksana Celbis, 2018, Turning research ideas into full proposals, EPRM programme related blog, More information
Laar, Mindel van de & Katerina Triantos, 2018, Knowledge is power when choosing a track: How online tools help students & tutors alike, SURF Project "Smart Choices and Smart Tools" blog, More information
Laar, Mindel van de , Martin Rehm & Shivani Achrekar (eds.), 2017, 'Community of Learning' for African PhD students: Changing the scene of doctoral education?, Transformation in Higher Education, 2(0), DOI: 10.4102/the.v2i0.17, More information
Laar, Mindel van de & Ornsaran Pomme Manuamorn, 2017, The coming storm: Helping rural communities cope in Southeast Asia, Dual Focus Blog, More information
Laar, Mindel van de & Ayla Bonfiglio, 2017, Public policy beyond borders: What lessons did we learn?, APPAM Conference Blog, More information
Laar, Mindel van de & Andrea Franco-Correa, 2017, Working for the youth of Colombia: Dr. Andrea Franco-Correa, Alumni watch blog, More information
Laar, Mindel van de & Silvia Vitiello, 2017, Demystifying energy systems: From Brittany to the Black Sea, Dual Focus Blog, More information
Laar, Mindel van de , 2017, Going global with Dutch data: From sampling to surveys to big data apps, GPAC2 programme Blog, More information
Laar, Mindel van de & Clovis Freire Junior, 2017, Science for the SDGs: Building the interface between research & policy, Dual Focus Blog, More information
Laar, Mindel van de & Ali Safarnejad, 2017, Leave no one behind: Keeping up the pressure on HIV/AIDS in Viet Nam, Dual Focus Blog, More information
Laar, Mindel van de & Madhulika Sahoo, 2017, Migrant Health in India: APPAM Minority Report #2, APPAM Minority Report #2, More information
Laar, Mindel van de & Sara Hamedani, 2017, Terror & Refugee Law in the Mediterranean Crisis: APPAM Minority Report #3, APPAM Minority Report #3, More information
Laar, Mindel van de & Nga Leopold, 2017, Global Employment and Health Insturance: Policy Beyond Borders, Blog Series APPAM conference Brussels 13-14 July 2017, blog 4, More information
Hercog, Metka & Mindel van de Laar, 2016, Europe as unlikely immigrant destination: location choice for internationally mobile students in India, European Journal Of Higher Education, 6(4): 356-371, DOI: 10.1080/21568235.2016.1231581, More information
Hercog, Metka & Mindel van de Laar, 2016, Motivations and Constraints of Moving Abroad for Indian Students, Journal of International Migration & Integration , DOI: 10.1007/s12134-016-0499-4
Laar, Mindel van de & Emmanouil Sfakianakis, 2013, Fiscal effects and public risk in public-private partnerships, Built Environment Project and Asset Management, 3: 181-198, DOI: 10.1108/BEPAM-04-2012-0022, More information
Laar, Mindel van de & Bernard Nikaj, 2011, https://www.merit.unu.edu/rebuilding-kosovo-exploring-the-pros-and-cons-of-e-governance/, dual focus blog, More information
Laar, Mindel van de & Wilko Letterie, 2004, The delaying effect of financing constraints on investment, Bulletin of Economic Research, 56(3): 271-282


Book chapters
Rehm, Martin & Mindel van de Laar, 2015, The Potential of Communities of Learning for Dual Career PhD Programs – A Case Study, in: A. Dailey-Hebert & K. S. Dennis, Transformative Perspectives and Processes in Higher Education, Springer International Publishing, Switzerland, DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-09247-8_9, More information
Cools, K. & Mindel van de Laar, 2006, The Performance of Acquisitive Companies in the US, in: Renneboog, L. (ed.), Advances in Corporate Finance and asset Pricing, Elsevier publishing, Netherlands


UNU-MERIT Working Papers
Laar, Mindel van de , Katerina Triantos & Lutz Krebs, 2021, Supporting academic advising through self-directed, blended learning, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2021-021
Laar, Mindel van de , Shivani Achrekar, Lucy L. Larbi & Friederike Rühmann, 2016, Capacity building using PhD education in Africa, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2016-068
Hercog, Metka & Mindel van de Laar, 2013, Determinants of international mobility decision: The case-study of India, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2013-067
Hercog, Metka & Mindel van de Laar, 2013, What's the best place for me? Location-choice for S&E students in India, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2013-066
Sfakianakis, Emmanouil & Mindel van de Laar, 2012, Assessing contingent liabilities in public-private partnerships (PPPs), UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2012-030


Conference contributions
Laar, Mindel van de , Carlos Cadena Gaitan & Nathan Kably, 2017, Motivations to enrol in Doctoral Education, The 17th Biennial EARLI Conference, hosted by the University of Tampere, Finland on "Education in the crossroads of economy and politics ? Role of research in the advancement of public good", More information


Briefs
Laar, Mindel van de , 2020, E-resilience in education: A conceptual framework, The COVID-19 health crisis pushed the education sector into online education, challenging both students and teachers to work with technological devices and software instead of joining face-to-face meetings. However, providing education online does not mean actual learning will take place. This policy brief presents a framework to visualise the e-resilience of the educational system, including ICT-related factors withinrnthe educational systems that determine capacity of that system and actors in the system to deal with shocks. Policymakers and educations providers should be mindful about the various levels or ‘layers’ within society, as inequality in each of the levels may increase because of lower e-resilience at that level, More information


Other (editorship, media appearance, keynote, etc.)
Triantos, Katerina & Mindel van de Laar, 2018, Knowledge is power when choosing a track: How online tools help students & tutors alike, A blog about the open, online education project SMART Choices and SMART Tools, More information
Laar, Mindel van de & Katerina Triantos, 2018, How bold webinars bring e-learning to the masses, Blog on the experience of hosting a Webinar within the framework of the SURF-SMART project, More information
Laar, Mindel van de , 2018, Session on Dutch Educational Grants and Proposals, session "The succesfull application of the SURF SMART project", Poster session and presentation with round table discussion on the SURF SMART proposal, the lessons learnt and Q&A. Round table with Janina van Hees from SURF
Bonfiglio, Ayla & Mindel van de Laar, 2017, APPAM Conference Roundtable: How To Secure Funding for Your Policy Relevant Work: A Discussion with the Experts, More information
Laar, Mindel van de & Martin Rehm (eds.), 2017, APPAM Conference Round Table session: The Use of E-Learning for Higher Education within Public Policy Relevant Initiatives (Education and Employment in a Global Market), More information
Laar, Mindel van de & Martin Rehm, 2017, APPAM Conference Panel: Dealing with Participant Diversity in Higher Educational e-Learning Projects, More information
Laar, Mindel van de , 2017, Why the Human Touch is Key to Online Communities, EPRM Programme related Blog, More information
Laar, Mindel van de & David van Slyke, 2017, Taking Policy Beyond Borders: New Series, UNU-MERIT Blog , More information
Laar, Mindel van de & Madhulika Sahoo, 2017, Migrant Health in India, UNU-MERIT Blog , Appam Minority Report #2, More information
Laar, Mindel van de , 2017, Minority Report #1: APPAM Conference 2017, UNU-MERIT Blog , More information
Laar, Mindel van de & Paul Henry Caldron, 2017, The Many Sides of Doctorhood, Dual Focus Blog, More information
Laar, Mindel van de & Brenda Yamba, 2017, Dear World Economic Forum: Everyone Needs High Quality Education, Dual Focus Blog, More information
Laar, Mindel van de & Janyl Moldalieva, 2017, A Minority Scholarship for Governance: How What and Why, UNU-MERIT Blog , More information
Laar, Mindel van de & Gloria Bernal, 2017, Comlombian PhD Fellow Wins Prestigious Dutch Scholarship, Dual Focus Blog , More information
Laar, Mindel van de , 2016, How to level the playing field in higher education, UNU-MERIT Blog , More information
Laar, Mindel van de & Farida Lada, 2016, A Dutch PhD for a Career in US Healthcare, Dual Focus Blog, More information
Brümmer, Julia Natascha & Mindel van de Laar, 2016, Weighting Up the Difficult World of Child Labour, UNU-MERIT Blog , More information
Laar, Mindel van de , Shivani Achrekar & Howard Hudson, 2016, Community of Learning for Africa (COLA): A new platform, UNU-MERIT Blog, More information
Laar, Mindel van de & Corinne Bossé, 2016, Helping Haiti Through Diaspora Engagement and Higher Education, Dual Focus Blog , More information
Laar, Mindel van de & Keetie Roelen, 2016, Alumni Watch: Tweeting with UNICEF, UNU-MERIT Blog , More information
Laar, Mindel van de & Fatai Adegboye, 2016, A View from Damascus with WFP, UNU-MERIT Blog , Blog Dual Focus - with GPAC2 PhD programme fellows, More information
Edsand, Hans Eric & Mindel van de Laar, 2016, New Walkshop for Educational Performance, EPRM Programme Related Blog, More information
Laar, Mindel van de , 2016, Why Working Professionals are the Most Motivated Students, EPRM Programme Related Blog, More information


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