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Celebrating the International Day of Women and Girls in Science!

Today marks the end of our PhD Research Week and to celebrate the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, this blog post is dedicated to the work of five of our talented female PhD fellows who are all working on topics related to gender and the empowerment of women and girls.     ...
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In Memoriam Paul David

Paul David – who passed away on January 23rd 2023 – was not just a brilliant economic historian and an exceptional scholar of the economics of technology who established the Stanford economics department as one of the leading research centres in the field, he was also very much a Europea...
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Training Programme on Productive Development and Competitiveness in Honduras

In October 2022, UNU-MERIT’s UNESCO Chair on Science, Technology and Innovation for Sustainable Development for Latin America and the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB) delivered a Training Programme on Productive Development and Competitiveness in Honduras. The training programme was orie...
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Director’s Corner Podcast – January 2023

 United Nations University – MERIT · Director’s Corner Podcast – Jan 2023   In this episode of the Director’s Corner Podcast, Director Bartel Van de Walle speaks with Holly Tammik, new Communications Officer at UNU-MERIT.  In this conversation, Bartel shares among other thing...
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UNU-MERIT Newsletter

Our quarterly newsletter rounds up the latest news and events from UNU-MERIT and its School of Governance. We explore the push and pull of international development: innovation through science and entrepreneurship, and governance through public policy analysis. ...
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First Impressions: Publications in January 2023

Using a Brazilian university as a case study, can international mobility shape students’ attitudes toward inequality? How can we implement more secure, more sustainable and more efficient migration governance? These are just two questions that have been tackled by our researchers in January 20...
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How statelessness amplifies climate-related vulnerability of millions across Iran, Iraq, Syria and Turkey

Evidence suggests that millions of individuals are disregarded in risk and vulnerability analyses due to a lack of sufficient data. In her master’s thesis research, Katherine Bruni (recent MPP alumna) tried to identify a baseline understanding of the exposure, susceptibility and adaptive capacity of...
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Climate vulnerabilities in refugee camps: Impacts and policy solutions

Matilde Perotti (alumna of the MPP 2021-22 cohort) outlines the challenges of undertaking research on disaster risk management in refugee camps, drawing on her firsthand experiences of working in a number of challenging situations. I am a graduate of International Relations and Global Affairs, and I...
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UNU-MERIT partners with International Telecommunications Union for joint capacity development activities

UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe UNU-MERIT is delighted to announce that it has formally become an Academy Training Centre, as part of the International Telecommunications Union’s Academy Training Centre programme.  This programme takes the International Telecommunications Union’s (ITU’s) capacity dev...
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Remembering Michael Cichon 1953-2022

A post by Dr Zina Nimeh UNU-MERIT mourns the loss of a dear colleague, professor, educator and humanist who passed away on 30 December. Michael Cichon had a long-standing relationship with UNU-MERIT as an honorary professor and as the driving force behind the establishment of the master’s program in...
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How does government distrust impact sustainability?

Prof  Dr Jo Ritzen is an Honorary Professor at UNU-MERIT and Maastricht University. He served as Minister of Education, Culture, and Science of the Netherlands from 1989 to 1998, becoming the longest-serving Education Minister in the EU. Subsequently, he was appointed Vice-President of the World Ban...
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City Council Officials visit UNU-MERIT in order to strengthen cooperation

Last week, a delegation from the City Council visited UNU-MERIT to explore ways to further our partnership. The City’s delegation comprised Ms Anita Bastiaans, Alderman for Welfare, Diversity, Civic Integration, Euregio and Europe; Mr Johan Pas, Alderman for Housing, Education, Student City & We...
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Should STI policies in Latin America give priority to social inclusion?

During the first webinar of the UNESCO Chair series on ”Science, Technology and Innovation Policies for Sustainable Development in Latin America”, Prof. Gabriela Dutrénit  (Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana-Xochimilco, México) gave a presentation on “STI Policy, development strate...
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Multifaceted Impacts of Climate Change on Mental Health – Towards Integrated Climate Services (COP-27 side event)

We aim to enhance understanding of multifaceted impacts of climate change and related hazards on mental health and psychosocial well-being by capturing reflections from different geographic regions and their capacities to integrate support services in climate response strategies. Speakers: Xiaomeng ...
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How to reach Bali?

Article originally published in Morse In the recent years, we all observed how countries and institutions relied on digital tools to deal with the COVID shocks. For example, at Maastricht University, with the help of the digital learning management system and meeting software Canvas, Zoom and MS Tea...
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Addressing the main challenges on Science, Technology & Innovation Policies for Latin America

As part of UNU-MERIT’s UNESCO Chair on Science, Technology and Innovation Policies for Sustainable Development for Latin America, we proudly announce our series of webinars on Science, Technology and Innovation Policies for Sustainable Development in Latin America. The meetings will be framed ...
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New partnership will enable groundbreaking collaboration on physics and economic models

The United Nations University-MERIT (UNU-MERIT) and the Enrico Fermi Study and Research Center (CREF) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) outlining a framework for a groundbreaking collaboration that will apply physics models to economics.  In November, a delegation of UNU-MERIT, led by ...
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UNU-MERIT Director’s Corner Podcast – November 2022

 United Nations University – MERIT · Director´s Corner Podcast – Nov 2022   In this episode of the Director’s Corner Podcast, Director Bartel Van de Walle chats with Kathleen Hopewell, new Student Ambassador of the MPP Programme. In this conversation, Bartel shares with Kathl...
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The Policy Action Lab accelerates sustainable transformations through knowledge co-production

UNU-MERIT’s Policy Action Lab provides a safe space for knowledge exchange between practitioners and researchers and broadens the scope of how global policy challenges and problems are framed and defined. Its core objective is: to draw on lessons learned from the experience of policy actors and othe...
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New Ukrainian migration research network to launch in November

Press release The Research Network on Ukrainian Migration, a new initiative from the Centre of Migration Research, University of Warsaw; Migration Policy Centre, European University Institute; Maastricht University; and UNU-MERIT, launches in Maastricht on November 8.  The Research Network on Ukrain...
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