- A warm welcome to our fourth and final newsletter of 2018! Over the next few months we'll be hosting a Charles Cooper memorial lecture, a Master's Open Day, and a migration inaugural lecture -- all in Maastricht.
- Through our research and training we explore the push and pull of international development: focusing mainly on innovation through science and entrepreneurship (#SDG9), and governance through public policy analysis (#SDG16).
- We'll be contributing to the 2nd IMPACT Forum in and around Maastricht from 3-20 November 2018, with performances by dancers and visual artists; talks and masterclasses; workshops and prototype demonstrations (#SDG11).
- Our next Master's Open Day is set for 17 November 2018, where visitors will be able to quiz staff and students on every aspect of our top-ranked UN programme (#SDG16).
- Our former director, Prof. Luc Soete, will deliver a new Charles Cooper Memorial Lecture on 21 November 2018. Save the date -- more details to follow! (#SDG9)
- We're currently with UNESCO at the CILAC Open Science Forum in Panama. Our communications workshop, 17-19 October 2018, is a prelude to the main event with over 200 panelists from more than 20 countries, including UNU researchers Dr. Ivan Galindo and Shuan Sadre Ghazi (#SDG17).
- We co-hosted a new DEIP innovation workshop from 17-21 September 2018, this time in Rabat, Morocco. The event featured dozens of African scientists, government officials, and delegates from international bodies such as the World Intellectual Property Organization. See all the participant interviews (#SDG9).
- 'Poverty Accounting' proposes a new framework to break down poverty into key components. Although growth has long played the main role in poverty reduction, this article finds that initial inequality is a strong moderator of the impact of growth. According to the authors’ projections, extreme poverty is unlikely to be eradicated by 2030. By Dr. Richard Bluhm, Prof. Adam Szirmai et al (#SDG1).
- 'Structural modernisation and underdevelopment traps. An empirical approach' is based on a newly created national index, which calculates productivity gaps across 'modern' economic sectors. The index covers 114 countries from 1960 to 2014. By Dr. Alejandro Lavopa and Prof. Adam Szirmai (#SDG8).
- Apply by 15 December 2018 for the next round of our Evidence-Based Policy Research Methods (EPRM) course, which covers research proposal design, the analysis of qualitative and quantitative data, and how to use the latest channels for dissemination (#SDG4).
- Apply by 15 February 2019 for our full-time PhD programme on Innovation, Economics and Governance for Development (IEGD). Find out more about our full-time PhD fellows, from their research themes to career ambitions via our new 'PhD Profiles' series (#SDG16).
- Dr. Dennis Gyllensporre, who gained a PhD from Maastricht University via our 'Dual Career' Training Programme in Governance and Policy Analysis (GPAC²), has been appointed Force Commander of the UN Peacekeeping Mission in Mali (MINUSMA). He successfully defended in 2010 with a thesis on ‘Competing and Complementarity Perspectives on the EU as a Crisis Actor – Management Actor: An Examination of the Common Security and Defence Policy through the Lenses of Idealism and Realism’ (#SDG16).
- See our latest posts on why research HAS to be communicated (from our workshop in Malaysia); our series on humanitarian social protection (which was picked up by UNDP); and how e-Governance is helping us build more resilient societies (by Atsuko Okuda, PhD fellow and Chief of ICT and Development at UN-ESCAP) (#SDG17).
- Until next time, in early January, please check our social media accounts on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and YouTube -- where you can find an interview with Prof. Pascale Allotey, Director of UNU-IIGH. You can also stay up-to-date on all our major publications via our monthly ‘First Impressions’ roundup.
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