Vigilante violence - when people take the law into their own hands
Having been shocked himself when witnessing the extreme brutality of vigilante violence, sociologist Muhammad Asif decided to study why people take the law into their own hands. His work culminated in a new theory of the causes underpinning vigilante violence, which combines various explanatory factors, such as distrust of the state or the police, and strong emotional reactions to violations of moral values. Asif’s study took place in Pakistan, but his insights are also relevant to other cases of collective violence around the globe. He will defend his PhD thesis on Wednesday, 2 February, at the University of Amsterdam.
ACES is hiring a Programme Assistant
Are you interested in working for one of Europe's leading research centres? Do you have organizational and web-skills? The Amsterdam Centre for European Studies (ACES) - a centre of excellence for research, education and public debate about Europe, the European Union and its member states – is looking for a programme assistant.
ERC Starting Grants for two UvA researchers
The European Research Council (ERC) has this year awarded Starting Grants to Maarten Marsman and Federico Savini of the UvA’s Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences. Their projects deal with the statistical analysis of psychological networks and the regulatory changes needed for a circular degrowth economy, respectively.
An ERC Starting Grant is a personal grant of about €1.5 million and provides support to talented researchers for a period of five years.
Public debt after the pandemic: some burning questions
On the 13th of December, ACES hosted a roundtable discussion with Agnès Bénassy-Quéré (French Treasury, Paris School of Economics and Bruegel), Barry Eichengreen (University of California, Berkeley, US), and Waltraud Schelkle (London School of Economics, UK), convened and moderated by ACES affiliate Paul van den Noord.
'Lithium will not decarbonise our world'
Are rechargeable batteries that are high in energy density a promising tool to tackle climate change? They can make our transport cleaner, for example. Anthropologist Cristobál Bonelli warns that a technical fix will not decarbonise our world. With his team, he studies how lithium makes it from the mines in Chile to battery plants in China and finally to battery recycling labs in Norway. ‘Lithium ion batteries might make one part of the world “greener”, but disrupt other parts. And how should we deal with the residual waste of the tons and tons of lithium ion batteries we will need?’
The fight against terrorist financing led to fundamental changes in legal and security practices
Banks, Financial Intelligence Units (FIUs) and courts are part of the chain of actors that is countering terrorist financing in the name of security. Political scientists of the University of Amsterdam investigated how these links in the chain are implementing the regulations on combating terrorism on a daily basis. There appears to be a gap between societal expectations about their role as gatekeeper of the financial system and practice. Moreover, the fight against terrorist financing has triggered wider changes to the legal system and security practice.
In Memoriam Hans van Amersfoort
On the 31st October 2021, Hans van Amersfoort, founder of the Institute for Migration and Ethnic Studies of the University of Amsterdam and founding father of Dutch migration studies passed away at the age of 84. Hans van Amersfoort (1937-2021) was appointed professor of Socio-Cultural/ Population Geography at the University of Amsterdam in 1986. He retired in 2001, but continued to publish and coach young researchers until recently.