The happiness of European Muslims post-9/11
Aslan Zorlu (University of Amsterdam) and Paul Frijters (London School of Economics) conducted research into the happiness of European Muslims in the years since the attacks on 11 September 2001. They found a subgroup of young male Muslim immigrants who report a persistent low level of well-being. This could potentially pose a threat to integration, the researchers concluded.
Remote sensing reveals shrinking green space in Amsterdam
The compact city concept and green spaces are both instruments for achieving a sustainable city. Yet they are also policy areas with mutual interdependency and contradictory effects, as research by UvA urban planners has shown. Aided by satellite images and remote-sensing technology, they have revealed a decrease in the amount of green space in Amsterdam.
Stapenning honorary medallion for José Komen
José Komen, who recently left the Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research as its executive director, has received the Stapenning honorary medallion. José Komen received this medallion because of her great efforts for the university, and especially for her important role in the realization and growth of the AISSR, as well as its setup and involvement in international research networks, ánd her commitment to diversity.
Echo chambers may make online news more viral
Fake news. Just give your social media feed a glance and there is a reasonable chance you’ll see a skewed story containing factual inaccuracies. One reason for the its rapid spread, some observers suggest, may be the existence of so-called online echo chambers: groups of people who share the same views and opinions. However, a direct causal link between the two has so far not been convincingly established. A new study by sociologist Petter Törnberg from the University of Amsterdam (UvA) has now identified a possible causal relationship between echo chambers and the viral spread of misinformation, resulting from complex network effects. The finding could help pave the way for measures to counteract fake news. The study was published on 20 September in the journal PLOS ONE.
Ideology influences facts and leads to conflict
The terms fake news and post-truth have become a fixed part of our vocabulary. Mistrust of public institutions and science seems to be growing, just like the gap between reality and rhetoric. In a new publication, social psychologists Bastiaan Rutjens from the University of Amsterdam and Mark Brandt from Tilburg University bring together cutting-edge research on the influence of belief systems on our perception of reality and the conflicts that follow from this.
Animation on authoritarian practices
Authoritarian practices that seriously threaten the freedom of citizens have become an everyday topic. Take Russia, where hundreds of demonstrators were arrested last week. Or consider the violence against journalists that has taken place in recent years within countries that are formally democracies, such as India and Mexico. Researchers at the University of Amsterdam (UvA) released an animation providing new insight into authoritarian practices.
Understanding EU-Middle East Relations
How has the EU been constructed in the Middle East debate and how has the Middle East been constructed in the European debate? These questions will guide the new network on EU-Middle East relations, led by the University of Amsterdam.