WELCOME to our second quarterly newsletter of 2016, 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. In the coming days, we look forward to a series of high-profile events with the Mayor of Maastricht, the Ambassador of Mexico, and the United Nations Under-Secretary-General.
Dr. Katie Kuschminder won a ‘Rubicon’ grant from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) in January 2016. Kuschminder will now spend two years at the European University Institute in Italy, conducting research on Nigerian and Syrian migrants arriving in the EU via Italy. We also look back on conferences in Panama City for our DEIP series on innovation; in Dakar for our UNU twinning project; and right here in Maastricht for our student climate change simulation with NASPAA -- the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration.
On 12 April, Ambassador Eduardo Ibarrola-Nicolín will give a lecture on 'Migration from the Mexican State Perspective'. On 14 April, UNU-MERIT Board Member Prof. Mariana Mazzucato will give a lecture on the 'Entrepreneurial State: Who Made Your Phone Smart?'. Then on 15 April, Version 2.0 of the UNU Jargon Buster will be launched during the formal opening of our new building, with a.o. Dr. David M. Malone, Rector of the United Nations University, United Nations Under-Secretary-General. We also look forward to the 9th Conference on Model-based Evidence on Innovation and DEvelopment (MEIDE) in Moscow, on 16-17 June.
A new book on the Economic Systems of Innovation in the Arab Region, by UNU-MERIT’s Dr. Samia Mohamed Nour, discusses the causes, consequences and implications of poor systems of innovation in the Middle East and North Africa. By examining the comparative weakness of innovation, the economic structure, and the diversity of the region, Mohamed Nour shows that the development of Arab regional systems of innovation relies on the development of sound economic policies and incentives. The author’s contribution is key for students and scholars of economics, innovation and international relations.
MPP alumnus Laurin Sepoetro, now a Political Adviser at the European Parliament, joined our Master’s Open Day on 20 February to share his career path with prospective students. He also featured on our impression video of the day. Meanwhile, the UM School of Business and Economics (SBE) is seeking placements for its new specialisation in Emerging Markets. Should you or your organisation be able to help, please contact the SBE Internship Office.
Over the last three months, our researchers published inter alia 1 book, 10 journal articles and 15 working papers. Additionally, we hosted 21 seminars, produced 13 public videos, and published 13 blog posts -- including an interview with a PhD fellow working for the World Food Programme in Damascus, Syria. Across social media by the end of March, our Facebook page had drawn more than 5600 ‘likes’, while our YouTube channel had amassed over 96,200 views and 540 subscribers. Meanwhile, we had more than 2200 followers on our Twitter account.
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