Annelotte Huiskes

Annelotte Huiskes

Pauline Hakutangwi had never heard of Maastricht, let alone Maastricht University. Born in Zimbabwe but resident in the UK since the age of 10, she nevertheless headed for the South Limburg city in 2013 to pursue her master’s in Global Health. “It turned out to be ideal. The programme has given me a solid foundation to achieve my goal: improving the health of vulnerable groups of people.”

Tuesday, 26 November 2013 16:10

Working on activation (video)

In today’s welfare state, labour participation is viewed as the ideal tool for gauging a person’s social participation and a way to promote individual and social prosperity. This, however, has proven extremely difficult to implement in practice, particularly for people with disabilities. This dissertation reveals how the specific design of activation in vocational rehabilitation programmes unintentionally achieves opposite results. It also reveals how professionals are hampered in supporting the most vulnerable individuals due to the framework within which they operate. At the same time, this analysis demonstrates how (professional) creativity and more discretionary space can reverse processes of exclusion. These analyses are based on stories about disabilities, vocational rehabilitation and (labour) participation told by clients and professionals.

Monday, 25 June 2012 10:18

“I’m not attached to power”

On 1 September Gerard Mols will become Maastricht University’s longest-serving rector, with a term of eight years and eight months. The usual unwritten rule is that a rector may serve a maximum of two four-year terms, but his successor Luc Soete was unavailable earlier. “After two terms you’re practically dead; you become predictable and routine. That’s not good either for yourself or for the organisation. You have to make way for new people.” Here we look back on a career that, in his own words, has always had a touch of schizophrenia.

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