|HELLO and WELCOME to our tenth quarterly newsletter, rounding 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.
New PhD Fellowship Opportunities
Our part-time PhD programme, which draws working professionals each year from national governments, NGOs and UN agencies, among others, is now accepting applications for the 2015 cohort. Apply by 15 October... We also have a new PhD Fellowship in Entrepreneurship and Migration. The successful candidate will join our main PhD programme in Economics and Governance but also take part in research training sessions of the TRANSMIC ITN Marie Curie project. Apply by 27 July...
International Microsimulation Meeting: Submit by 1 August
The 2014 Meeting of the International Microsimulation Association will be held in Maastricht from 23-24 October. Keynote speakers include Prof. Holly Sutherland from the University of Essex (UK) and Assistant Prof. Matteo Richiardi from the University of Turin (Italy). The conference is open to all areas of microsimulation including static, behavioural and spatial microsimulation methodologies, covering a wide range of policy domains. Submit by 1 August...
EU Regional Innovation Workshop: Register by 15 July
UNU-MERIT and the EU's RIM+ project invite you to a workshop in Brussels on 17 July. This event will focus on how key players in advanced manufacturing initiatives support and involve industry. It will be of special interest to practitioners involved in designing, managing and/or implementing programmes that support advanced manufacturing. Register by 15 July...
Design & Evaluation of Innovation Policy: 2014 Courses
DEIP is an intensive one-week programme for policymakers in science, technology and innovation policy in developing countries. This year’s events will be held in Germany (late July), Kenya (tbc, early October), and the Dominican Republic (tbc, early December). The first will be a special course for the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ); the second will be a dedicated event for the African Union. More details...
Research Methods & Skills Course: Apply by 1 August
Research is not only key to academia but also to companies, governments and NGOs. Evidence-based decision-making relies on, for example, impact studies of ICT projects, poverty assessments of households, and studies on employee well-being. In this executive programme, you will be trained in reviewing and critically assessing the state-of-the-art in research and in developing, executing and presenting your own research project. Apply by 1 August...
Innovation & Governance: Quarter Century Conference
What is the future for innovation and governance in development? To mark a quarter century of UNU in Maastricht, and to provide an outlook for the next 25 years, UNU-MERIT will hold an international conference from 26-28 November 2014. The conference will feature a plenary programme with speakers who have played a key role in the evolution of our institute. More details to follow shortly. Read on...
PhD Defences: June 2014
We had five PhD defences in June 2014 covering a range of issues and regions: i) Meal and deworming initiatives for primary schools in rural Senegal, ii) The case of local government reform in Kosovo, iii) Highly skilled migration and new destination countries, iv) How remittances influence housing in Uganda, and v) How to promote innovation in Latin America. Photos and/or videos are available for all five defences. Read on...
EU Business Innovation: Trend Report
The second trend report from the EU's Business Innovation Observatory highlights several new innovation practices and explains how the right policies can scale up success. As part of this report, three emerging trends – "Design for Innovation", "Smart Living" and "Innovative Business Models for Global Competitiveness" – were analysed and presented in 12 case studies. The authors then gave recommendations, based on discussions with policymakers at a dedicated workshop, to foster the development of these trends and companies. Read on…
Microfinance & Social Networks for Sanitation: Research Report
A joint report by UNU-INWEH and UNU-MERIT explores a hybrid mechanism of microfinance for small community water and sanitation supplies. The authors highlight that access to drinking water and sanitation have been established as human rights since 2010, but progress towards MDG targets has been slow, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa and Asia. Read on…
Migrant & Refugee Integration in Global Cities: Policy Brief
A new UNU policy brief examines immigration experiences in eight diverse cities around the world: from Auckland (New Zealand), to Buenos Aires (Argentina), Chicago (USA), Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), Lisbon (Portugal), Nairobi (Kenya), Rotterdam (The Netherlands), and São Paulo (Brazil). The brief is based on a larger research report, launched in Maastricht on 21 May 2014, the fruit of a joint project between The Hague Process on Refugees and Migration (THP) and UNU-MERIT and its School of Governance. Read on…
MDGs & Global Social Governance: Working Paper
Focusing on Brazil, Ghana and South Africa, this working paper discusses the historical emergence of the MDGs, leading to questions of ownership and responsibilities of both developing and developed countries. The authors ask if the MDGs fully reflect development concepts and how far they have impacted on national policies, and ultimately on people’s lives. These questions and answers aim to stimulate and inform discussions on the post-2015 development agenda as a (potentially improved) tool for Global Social Governance. Read on…
Until next time, in early October, please keep an eye on our media channels below. Recent highlights include a lecture on "Natural Resources and Development in Latin America" by Prof. Carlota Pérez, an interview on counter-insurgency in Iraq, and a range of media from our PhD defences in June. We also featured blogs on corruption and investment in Liberia, Transatlantic policy games, and a series to mark World Refugee Day on 14 June.
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