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To boost financial literacy, play this game

  UNU-MERIT affiliated researcher nominated for thesis-based educational game In 2016, Irina Burlacu de Paoli (UNU-MERIT PhD alumna and external lecturer at Maastricht University’s Summer Programme in European Studies) created the Mobility Era Game, a research-based financial literacy boa...
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Refugee settlements extremely vulnerable to climate crises

A post by Alex Hunns, social protection researcher at UNU-MERIT New UNU research explores the extent to which climate crises affect 20 of the world’s largest refugee settlements  Encampment has defined refugee policy since the Second World War, and refugees fleeing conflict and persecution in their ...
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Insights from an ethicist on how to approach this century’s challenges

  Meet the new UNU-MERIT board member Behnam Taebi As a child, Behnam Taebi was interested in nothing more than understanding how everything works, making his education and training as a material science engineer an obvious professional choice. Now, however, Taebi works as a leading ethicist an...
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Global value chains: An expert’s thoughts on their development strategies

Six questions with UNESCO Chair speaker and Duke University professor Gary Gereffi Few understand global value and supply chains – let alone the differences between them – more deeply than Gary Gereffi, a Duke University professor who has been studying our global production frameworks in...
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Podcast: The mental health consequences of climate change

  Episode 12 of the Director’s Corner Podcast series: Director Bartel Van de Walle speaks with Sanae Okamoto, researcher at UNU-MERIT In this conversation, Bartel and Sanae discuss – among other related topics – the findings of a new report from the United Nations University Climate...
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What are the macroeconomic challenges of the green transition in emerging nations?

UNU-MERIT UNESCO Chair event examines investment strategies for climate and development goals When it comes to limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius, who will finance the investments needed to do so, and will the funding sources be domestic or foreign, public or private, or from debts or gr...
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A peek into how European innovation is progressing – and being monitored

  A Q&A with innovation and technology policy expert Hugo Hollanders Few are better suited to discuss innovation policy at the pan-European level than Hugo Hollanders, Senior Researcher at UNU-MERIT and acting unit head of its Economics of Innovation and Technology Unit. For almost 25 years...
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Words from the home front: Dutch Minister of Defence Kajsa Ollongren on UN peacekeeping

The Dutch Minister of Defence, Kajsa Ollongren, tells UNU-MERIT how the Netherlands seeks to support United Nations operations in Europe and abroad   Given its small population (17.5 million) and geographical footprint (with one-fifth the land area of an average U.S. state), the Netherlands has...
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Podcast: The green tech revolution, the future of electric cars and “green windows of opportunity”

  United Nations University – MERIT · What do “green windows of opportunity” mean for developing countries?   Episode 11 of the Director’s Corner Podcast series: Director Bartel Van de Walle speaks with Dr. Rasmus Lema, Associate Professor at UNU-MERIT In this conversatio...
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Nexus’23 Career Fair: Bringing alumni, students and impact-focused employers together

A post by Akorshi Sengupta, Alumni Officer at UNU-MERIT          Nexus is a career fair organised by the UNU-MERIT Alumni Office for the purpose of bringing together organisations and candidates who are engaged in societally-minded work. As a UN University, UNU-MERIT supports the furthering of ...
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Despite global heating, a “strong message of hope” from a climate risk expert

A Q&A with IPCC coordinating lead author Maarten van Aalst   About one month ago, the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released a 37-page summary of its starkest findings on the state of our planet: the IPCC AR6 Synthesis Report. In short, it states that we are not only...
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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. COVID-19 vaccin...
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Earth Day Special: Top 2023 sustainability reports to know

Covering climate change to green tech, here are the key findings from this year so far! We’re halfway through our self-set timeline to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and fast approaching the 2030 deadline of the framework put forth in the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, so it ...
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How to create sustainable business models

A post by Maximilian Bruder, PhD fellow at UNU-MERIT Businesses are a key driver of economic growth, job creation and innovation, and they have a significant impact on the environment and society. The private sector therefore has a crucial role to play in attaining the SDGs, by providing a way of do...
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Science, Technology & Innovation: How well are we serving the SDGs?

In an effort to track the global alignment between science, technology and innovation (STI) and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a consortium of seven universities led by UNU-MERIT researcher Tommaso Ciarli released the Steering Research and Innovation for Global Goals (STRINGS) report R...
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A look inside the UNU-MERIT Master’s programme

Free tote bags! Photo corners! Q&As! Snacks! On Saturday 18 March 2023, UNU-MERIT opened its doors to the public for the second Master’s Open Day of the academic year, welcoming potential students to find out more about our MSc in Public Policy and Human Development programme (MPP for shor...
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What is economic fitness and complexity?

The science of complex systems can play an important role in understanding social and economic dynamics but its application to economics has not yet been fully explored.  The most pressing challenges in science and society are frequently too complex for any single discipline to tackle alone, necessi...
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Automation technologies: A challenge or opportunity for development in Latin America?

In the second webinar of the UNESCO Chair series on ‘Science, Technology and Innovation Policies for Sustainable Development in Latin America’, Dr. Pascual Restrepo (Assistant Professor of Economics at Boston University) gave a presentation on the ‘Origins and implications of the c...
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Upcoming World Water Day events at UNU-MERIT!

World Water Day – held on 22 March every year since 1993 – raises awareness and inspires action to help the 2.2 billion people who are living today without access to safe water. At UNU-MERIT, we’re excited to share that we have three World Water Day (WWD) events coming up that all ...
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International Women’s Day: What Ukrainian women refugees are facing today

A post by Laura Cleton, researcher at UNU-MERIT. Today, 8 March, is International Women’s Day: a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. It also marks a call to action to educate and raise awareness for women’s equality and call for positive change ...
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