The value of green buildings

In Money
Thursday, 21 February 2013 09:19
In his research, financial economist Nils Kok uncovers the truth behind the market value of sustainable real estate. The real estate sector is responsible for 75% of global energy consumption. A green energy label can therefore increase the sales price of residential and commercial buildings: “Sustainability really pays, and is the best way to climb out of a recession.” 

For assistant professor and Migration Studies programme manager Melissa Siegel, work at the Maastricht School of Governance isn’t your average desk job. As head of the Migration Research Group, Siegel manages several research projects and is no stranger to working in unusual circumstances. “Within our research group, and at the School in general, we do a great deal of research in the field, especially in post-conflict situations. We get our hands dirty.”

Theatre of memories

In Culture
Wednesday, 20 February 2013 15:42
Biographies are not limited to people – cities and objects also have their stories to tell. This was the central theme behind the ‘cultural biography’ of Maastricht launched 10 years ago by the municipality. The goal of the Zicht op Maastricht (‘View of Maastricht’) project was to expose people to the city’s cultural heritage in a new way: not through museum exhibitions, but by letting the city speak for itself. This innovative approach to cultural heritage greatly appealed to the historian Pieter Caljé. Thanks to Caljé’s commitment and enthusiasm, many students from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASoS) have since contributed to a better view of the city and the relationship between Maastricht students and locals.

Leading in eating

In Society
Wednesday, 20 February 2013 15:38
Maastricht University’s Eatwell project, designed to promote healthier lifestyles and eating habits, was launched one year ago. In addition to its large scale, this project is unique for its interfaculty character, spanning the faculties of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences, Law, Economics and Psychology. The project is the brainchild of the NUTRIM research institute, with director Annemie Schols at the helm.

Europe: where is it headed? Professors Aalt Willem Heringa and Michael Shackleton have a critical but also hopeful view of the future. The United States of Europe, they say, is already a reality. “The European Union is much more powerful than the federal government in the US.” But we could do with more transparency and, in particular, more democratic experimentation.

The dry feet of the Dutch

Wednesday, 20 February 2013 15:13
When Hurricane Sandy caused severe damage in the Caribbean, Mid-Atlantic and north-eastern United States last October, heads turned once again towards the Netherlands. Our country's reputation in the field of flood safety is more than a matter of national pride; it has been unparalleled since the construction of the Delta Works. With strikingly dry feet for the past decades, have we won the battle against the water? Not quite, according to Trudes Heems and Baukje Kothuis. The common belief that we have been saved once and for all is a myth, they argue in their joint PhD thesis.

The nuclear family: not ideal for everyone

In Society
Thursday, 14 February 2013 08:28
What is a family? Are children best raised by their heterosexual, biological parents? The book Families – Beyond the Nuclear Ideal considers a range of relationships and family structures that depart from the ideal of two young, married heterosexuals raising genetic offspring that they conceived sexually. Daniela Cutas, researcher at the Department of Health, Ethics and Society at Maastricht University, co-edited the book with her colleague from the University of Manchester, Sarah Chan. Cutas did her PhD on the ethics and policy of human genetic engineering. “Not everybody fits into the nuclear ideal. What are we going to do about that?”, she asks. Read on for a conversation about boys with pink boots, three parents instead of two and artificial gametes.

CSI: Crime Statistics Investigation

In Money
Wednesday, 05 December 2012 09:31
How does crime participation relate to income and job opportunities? Whatever assumptions you might have, the topic hadn’t yet been researched in a thorough, scientific way. That is, until Olivier Marie, PhD, received a Veni grant allowing him to apply advanced micro-econometric techniques to vast datasets from Statistics Netherlands (CBS). “We can already see that two or three years before the crime is committed, there’s a drop in income.”

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