Machiel Lamers: “Antarctica is so beautiful but so vulnerable.”

Last year more than 40,000 tourists offered up a small fortune to experience the silence and desolation that is the South Pole. Tour operators expect this figure to double in the coming years. According to Machiel Lamers, this represents a serious threat to the environment, to safety and to scientists. He obtained his PhD in November from the International Centre for Integrated assessment & Sustainable development (ICIS) for his research entitled ‘The future of tourism in Antarctica’.


Repudiated, by husband and Europe

Tuesday, 25 August 2009 11:12

About Muslim marriage dissolution and European recognition

A woman who has been repudiated by her husband in Egypt may have a very difficult time getting this type of marriage dissolution recognised in Belgium. That can be a problem if, for example, she wants to marry again or apply for a state benefit. Such recognition is easier to obtain in the Netherlands. Not only do the recognition policies differ among the European member states, but the forms of marriage dissolution in the Islamic countries themselves vary enormously. There’s more to the issue of repudiation than the Western perception that it is ‘anti-woman’. Which recognition policy best serves the interests of women divorced under Islamic law?


Transnational families in Ghana

In Culture
Friday, 26 June 2009 11:37

NWO grant for research into effects of migration

For many people in the African continent, emigrating to Europe is a dream they want to come true at all costs. Working in the rich west means wealth for the entire family. Professor Valentina Mazzucato has carried out research into the long-term effects of migration, with a focus on Ghana, for many years. In September she will embark on a study of transnational families, looking at how emigrants are faring in the Netherlands and what the consequences are for their children and caregivers back in Ghana. The project has been awarded a €700,000 grant by WOTRO, the global development division of the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO).


“Our index is unique”

The world is gradually becoming one large village. Countries, regions and people increasingly deal with each other across borders. Naturally, these interactions have consequences for all of us. But what exactly are these consequences, and to what extent do countries take part in globalisation? Scientists are trying to find answers to these questions in various places around the world, by compiling so-called globalisation indices which make it possible to compare countries in different areas.


Maud Huynen occupies herself with our health in the future. She works at ICIS, one of the research institutes of Universiteit Maastricht. She finds it a challenging environment, in which she is offered the opportunity to elaborate her own ideas and try new things.


The enemy is us

In Society
Thursday, 14 April 2005 00:00

The Holocaust as a common European memory

Historian Dr. Andrea Tyndall recently started to work in the History department of the Faculty of Arts and Culture. Her research focuses on the role of the Holocaust as a common European memory to support democracy and a European identity. “We have to have a shared past in order to have a common future.” Dr. Tyndall recently wrote the (not yet published) book ‘The Building of Memory’, which describes among others the roles of the European Commission and the International Task Force on Holocaust Remembrance and Education in the process of creating a European common history on the basis of the Holocaust.


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