- As snow flurries across Maastricht, we bring you the first newsletter of 2019! Over the next few months we’ll be co-leading a DEIP innovation workshop in the south of India, co-hosting a Master's Open Day in the Dutch hinterlands, and joining Maastricht University's Star Lecture Series for an event in the German capital.
- 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).
- The Director of UNU-WIDER, Prof. Kunal Sen, will chair a panel at an event co-hosted in Vienna. Entitled 'The Future of Industrial Work', the international workshop will look at new pathways and policies of structural transformation. The call for papers is open until 1 April 2019. (#SDG9).
- We’ll be co-hosting a DEIP innovation workshop in Kerala from 4-8 February 2019. Dozens of policymakers, scientists and business leaders will discuss how to optimise the country’s policies on science, technology and innovation (#SDG9).
- Our next Master's Open Day is set for 16 March 2019, where visitors will be able to quiz staff and students on every aspect of our top-ranked double-degree programme (#SDG16).
- A 22 year-old student on our Master of Science in Public Policy and Human Development (MPP) has won the first ever Maastricht Student Entrepreneur Award. Laura Nieboer took home the prize for her ‘Pieke Broodbier’ – a ‘really fruity’ British Golden Ale with a ‘strong bite’ and a novel twist: it is brewed from waste bread (#SDG12).
- In November 2018, Prof. Melissa Siegel spoke at the Dutch Parliament, where she briefed members on the migration situation, shared scenario planning for the future, and discussed various ways to help migrants and refugees integrate into society (#SDG16).
- In January 2019, our Director, Prof. Bart Verspagen, announced a carbon tax on staff air travel. With the proceeds we plan to contribute to high-quality projects working on climate action (#SDG13).
- Universities’ core work is on education and research, but what about knowledge transfer? How important is the latter for success and what strategies and actions are most likely to bring success? See the working paper by Prof. Jo Ritzen (#SDG8).
- How to define innovation at the global level? This was the task of two international organisations, which worked together to ensure a coherent outcome. Read the journal article by Prof. Fred Gault et al. (#SDG9).
- Sustainable streamlining: can this turbocharge transformation strategies across Africa? Prof. Samia Nour provided a case study as co-editor of the African Development Perspectives Yearbook: Science Technology and Innovation Policies for Inclusive Growth in Africa (#SDG9).
- Apply by 15 February 2019 for our full-time PhD programme on Innovation, Economics and Governance for Development (IEGD).
- Our PhD fellows come from 38 countries including Bolivia, Iran, Vietnam and Zimbabwe. Upon graduation, they go on to work at the highest of levels: from the OECD in Paris, to UNICEF in Florence, to UNIDO in Vienna; across government ministries in Ecuador, Peru and beyond; and at top universities like Oxford, Cape Town and MIT.
- Find out more about our full-time PhD fellows, from their research themes to career ambitions via our new 'PhD Profiles' series (#SDG16).
- Prof. Franziska Gassmann will give a lecture in Berlin, 7 February 2019, on the future of social protection. She says it's crucial for governments worldwide to invest in social protection; but with the rise in self-employment and irregular jobs, which are often precarious, she asks what future awaits the welfare state? (#SDG1)
- This event is part of Maastricht University's Star Lecture series, which aims to reach out to and inspire alumni, share academic insights, experiences and memories, and to foster an interconnected UM Alumni Community (#SDG17).
- See our recent posts on the (sometimes unexpected) benefits of applying for research grants, on the basic right to immigrate, and the brutal balancing act between Russia and Ukraine (#SDG16).
- Until next time, in early April, please check our social media accounts on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and YouTube – where you can already see an interview with Daisy Demirag on why she's doing a part-time PhD while working for the World Bank.
- You can also stay up-to-date on all our major publications via our monthly ‘First Impressions’ roundup.
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