Research into quality of life...

In Society
Friday, 18 July 2003 00:00

“Poverty in the Netherlands structural problem”

Dr. René Gabriëls studies the quality of life. He was amongst others involved in a large research in the Maastricht disadvantaged areas Malberg and Wittevrouwenveld. Because of his intensive study of the lives of people in underprivileged areas he was given the proud nickname ‘philosopher of the lower classes’. In e-Research Magazine he talks about his work method. "I find the difference between qualities and quantities nonsense. You don’t understand anything of the reality if you only work with figures. We also want to hear the story behind the figures!"


Why is Albertine in such a hurry?

The title of the thesis is intriguing: ‘Albertine in a hurry. Travel in technological culture: towards a theory of passages’. Who is Albertine and why is she in a hurry? What is a theory of passages? Peter Peters, who just received his doctor’s degree at the Faculty of Arts and Culture, has the answer to these questions. On the basis of four case studies, he analysed the meaning of time and speed in modern travelling.


Housewives and house-construction

In Society
Wednesday, 21 May 2003 00:00

The influence of women in the male construction world

The design of houses built under Dutch public housing was, in the course of the twentieth century, not only determined by architects and builders, but also by the housewives in the Women's Advisory Committees for House-Construction (VACs). Their advices to, for example, build in a bigger washbasin or to construct the stairs differently were often taken up. The Maasticht Prof.Dr.ir W.E. Bijker and Dr. K. Bijsterveld, both attached to the Faculty of Arts and Culture, investigated the influence of these advisory committees. For this research they were the first Dutch scientists to receive the Abbott Payson Usher Prize 2002. Since 1968, this prize of $ 400, - is handed out by the Society for History of Technology to the authors of the best research publication of the last three years.


Women and embryos

In Society
Wednesday, 21 May 2003 00:00

Biotechnological developments from a gender democratic perspective

The views of women are far too absent in the public debates about biotechnological developments, such as the cloning of embryos for medical-scientific use. That is what the third 'Opzij' professor at Universiteit Maastricht, dr. M. Huijer, proclaimed in her inaugural lecture in February 2003. In the course of the year, Huijer wants to study in what ways women can put forward their perspectives. She herself did a first attempt when she was appointed by setting up a broad debate on the breeding of embryos: the 'gender democratic labyrinth', where all kinds of women expressed their views. Research Magazine asked her about this experiment and about further research plans in Maastricht.


Best-before date pension scheme expired?

In Money
Wednesday, 21 May 2003 00:00

Dutch pension scheme is under pressure, but it’s not about to collapse.

Bad weather for our pension scheme. Especially the disappointing investment revenues of the last years are responsible for that. It is clear that extra money is necessary. But who will pick up the check? An interview with prof. dr. Ruud Kleynen of Universiteit Maastricht.


Low-traffic zones and bicycle sharing

Wednesday, 21 May 2003 00:00

Economist studies experiments with sustainable transport

The present transport system on the basis of individual use of cars and freight traffic is not exactly ecological and leads to a lot of nuisance and victims. In Europe, in the last years, there has been an interest in alternatives, and there are experiments with sustainable transport. However, these experiments often remain tentative and the initiatives do not lead to structural changes. The Maastricht economist René Kemp investigated, in cooperation with colleagues from Universiteit Twente, how this can be improved.


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