ERC Consolidator Grant awarded to four UvA researchers
The European Research Council (ERC) has awarded prestigious Consolidator Grants to anthropologist Shanshan Lan, legal expert Benjamin van Rooij, computational linguist Raquel Fernández and medical biologist/data expert Colin Russell. The grants, awarded to individual researchers, are worth about 2 million euros each.
New research: Coping with tense and threatening situations at the Salvation Army
A new study by sociologists Laura Keesman and Don Weenink investigates the experiences of social workers with tense and threatening situations in homeless shelters of the Salvation Army in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Clients intimidated and threatened social workers verbally, damaged property and, in some cases, physically assaulted them. The study is based on qualitative analyses of 18 interviews.
Linguistic diversity in Europe: a societal challenge
There is a tension between two goals that are key to the European ideal, namely mobility and the possibility for its citizens to move freely across internal boundaries, and diversity as the recognition of European cultural and linguistic diversity. A just completed international research project (MIME) including social science researchers from the University of Amsterdam examined this tension and how language policies can help combine mobility and inclusion.
Three UvA researchers named members of The Young Academy
UvA researchers Saskia Bonjour, Helmer Helmers and Selma de Mink have been named members of The Young Academy of the Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW). In 2019, these UvA academics, together with seven fellow academics from other universities, will join a select group of top young researchers.
UvA researchers contribute to The Guardian series on Populism
In a new six-month investigative series 'What is Populism', the international newspaper The Guardian explores with researchers who the new populists are, what factors brought them to power, and what they are doing once in office. Political sociologist and populism expert Matthijs Rooduijn and political scientist Sarah de Lange contribute to this series.
New insights in research on ethnic violence in Jos, Nigeria
On the 6th of November 2018, Kingsley Madueke defended his PhD thesis on ethnic violence in Jos, a city in his native Nigeria.
Institutional care background drives social exclusion of young people
Finding a job, stable social relationships, acceptance by society: it is a challenge for many young people worldwide. For vulnerable young people who leave institutional care, like foster parents or SOS villages, this is often even more difficult. Researchers from the University of Amsterdam studied the social exclusion of vulnerable youth and found they might positively value the years of care when education was in reach, but still experience stigmatization and exclusion due to their care background.