In the Media

This section highlights UNU-MERIT staff, researchers and PhD fellows featured in the news media through articles, Op-Eds, radio, video, events, social media and more.

Helping refugees integrate into the labour market: Evidence from Uganda

Article co-authored by Mariajose Silva Vargas, full-time PhD fellow at UNU-MERIT [Reprinted by permission from VoxDev; Francesco Loiacono] Working together with one refugee worker for one week increases firms’ likelihood to hire more refugees by adjusting business owners’ beliefs abou...
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Suella Braverman is wrong about the UN refugee convention being ‘not fit for purpose’ – here’s why

By Robert Oakes (Senior Researcher, UNU-EHS) and Talitha Dubow (postdoctoral researcher, UNU-MERIT) The UK’s home secretary, Suella Braverman – the minister responsible for setting immigration policy – has said the United Nations refugee convention is not “fit for our modern age” and ...
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In the media: Sanae Okamoto featured in Scientific American article about ‘AI anxiety’

This week, Scientific American published a news piece on the increasingly common worldwide concerns about rapid advances in generative artificial intelligence, and how this ‘AI anxiety’ can be managed. The article features UNU-MERIT researcher Sanae Okamoto, an expert in p...
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How ChatGPT might be able to help the world’s poorest and the organisations that work with them

By Shyama V. Ramani (Professorial Fellow, UNU-MERIT) and Maximilian Bruder (PhD fellow, UNU-MERIT). ChatGPT has been touted as a tool that is going to revolutionise the workplace and home. AI systems like it have the potential to enhance productivity but could also displace jobs. The ...
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COVID-19 vaccine uptake in Sub-Saharan Africa

Article co-authored by Yannick Markhof, PhD fellow at UNU-MERIT [Reprinted by permission from VoxDev; Philip Wollburg and Alberto Zezza] Insights from high-frequency phone survey data collection reveal that access, rather than hesitancy, prevents vaccine uptake in Sub-Saharan Africa. ...
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Tshilidzi Marwala of South Africa Named as Next Rector of United Nations University

26 July, Tokyo ― The United Nations University (UNU) is pleased to announce that Prof. Tshilidzi Marwala of South Africa, currently Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of Johannesburg, has been appointed as the next Rector of UNU. Prof. Marwala will take office as Rector o...
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COP26: The psychological game behind a successful negotiation

Whether we are consciously aware of it or not, we negotiate in every aspect of our daily lives - whether it be persuading a child to eat its vegetables, haggling over a property price, or discussing the terms of a job offer. Negotiation can be viewed as “back-and-forth communication d...
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International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists: Exploring another dark side of innovation

The 2021 International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists highlights the instrumental role of prosecutorial services, in investigating and prosecuting not only killings but also threats of violence against journalists. This year’s campaign highlights the psychological ...
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Student achievement depends on reducing poverty now and after COVID-19

There is no doubt that COVID-19 has significantly impacted our lives, including schools and education. Temporary closures of school buildings have highlighted how factors outside school systems affect schools’ capacity to meet students’ needs and support academic achievement. For exam...
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