WELCOME to our third quarterly newsletter of 2016, rounding up the latest news and events from UNU-MERIT. We explore the push and pull of international development: innovation through science and entrepreneurship, and governance through public policy analysis. Over the next few months, we look forward to a workshop on social transfer programmes in Cape Town on 8 August; a conference on social protection systems in Bonn on 5 September; and our own Master’s Open Day here in Maastricht on 8 October.
- Our top news is that alumnus Dr. Richard Bluhm has won this year’s Prize for Excellence in Applied Development Research for his thesis on ‘Growth Dynamics and Development’.
- Back in April, an update to the UNU Jargon Buster was launched at the official opening of the new UNU-MERIT building, in the presence of UNU Rector David M. Malone.
- Then in June, we hosted a session at the First Annual Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), at UN Headquarters.
- We are looking forward to hosting two workshops on social transfer programmes, in Cape Town, South Africa from 8-19 August, and in Chiang Mai, Thailand from 3-14 October.
- On Saturday 8 October we’ll welcome prospective students to our Master’s Open Day at Boschstraat 24, Maastricht, where they’ll get a chance to meet with staff and alumni.
- Also that month, from 19-21 October, we’ll host a symposium and PhD course in Maastricht on New Perspectives on Transnational Living. For more details on all our forthcoming events, including seminars and PhD defences, please check the calendar.
- A new EU report on the latest innovations – from space services to extreme recycling – was published in May, and co-authored by Dr. René Wintjes and George Christopoulos.
- A new book on ‘Chile’s Salmon Industry: Policy Challenges in Managing Public Goods’ was published in April, and co-edited by Dr. Michiko Iizuka.
- Another recently published volume was ‘Labor Migration, EU Enlargement, and the Great Recession’, co-authored by Prof. Klaus F. Zimmerman.
Would you like to share your story with the people of Maastricht? UNU-MERIT will open its doors to the public on 11 September for the cultural festival Het Parcours; as part of this, we plan to present a portrait series of our PhD alumni, using images from our photo archive of PhD defences. All UNU-MERIT / MGSoG PhD alumni are invited to take part in this project by answering a simple three-question survey: What is your current job? What is your most vivid memory of your stay in Maastricht? What is your best tip for new fellows at UNU-MERIT? The 15 most memorable stories will be displayed during Het Parcours. All stories will be available online. Please contact Sueli Brodin for more details.
Over the past three months, our researchers published inter alia 23 working papers, 18 journal articles, two books, one research report, and two PhD dissertations. We also hosted 22 seminars, produced 10 public videos, and published 26 blog posts. Across social media, our Facebook page now has over 6,000 likes, while our YouTube channel has garnered more than 100,000 views and 580 subscribers. Meanwhile, we have almost 2,500 followers on our Twitter account. Please follow and support us!
Until next time, in early October, please check our social media accounts on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and YouTube. Our most recent videos include brand new trailers for our institute and our app. Meanwhile, our ‘Mygration Story’ series continues to cover the family histories of staff, including Diego Salama and Jennifer Waidler. Other recent posts focused on Brexit and the International Day vs. Sexual Violence in Conflict. Finally, stay up-to-date on all our major publications via our monthly ‘press review’.
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