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Grants and Awards FSS

The Faculty of Social Sciences employs many researchers that belong to the (inter)national top of their field.

FSS LAUREATES

The Faculty of Social Sciences employs many researchers that belong to the (inter)national top of their field. This gallery of honor gives an overview of researchers that have received honorary awards and positions, research grants or awards for their scientific and societal performances during their stay at the faculty.

  • ERC-laureates.
  • NWO Innovation Laureates.
  • NWO Mosaic Laureates.
  • NWO Research Talent Laureates.
  • KNAW Acadamy Members.
  • Honorable appointments by the VU University Amsterdam.

RESEARCH AWARDS

The faculty annually grants research awards: a masterthesis award, a dissertation award and a research award to a reputable FSS-researcher for the most appealing, promising and/or original research performance of the last period. A nomination for an award provides an example to other researchers, enables PhD students, departments and the faculty to put forward examples of excellent research and provides opportunities to communicate the research of the faculty to the outside world. Traditionally, the winners received their awards during the yearly FSS Talma lecture.

Mariken van der Velden | Communication Science

Winner FSS RESEARCH AWARD 2020

FSS LAUREATES

  • PERSONAL GRANTS

    Laureate
    Year  
    Grant
    Mariken van der Velden
    2019
    NWO VENI
    Kasper Welbers
    2019
    NWO VENI
    Miguel Barreda
    2018
    MSCA-IF grant
    Eva Maria Merz   
    2018
    ERC Starting Grant
    Marijn Hoijtink
    2018
    NWO VENI
    Halleh Ghorashi
    2018  
    NWO VICI
    Bianca Beersma
    2017
    ERC Consolidator Grant
    Christian Burgers
    2017
    NWO VIDI
    Dimitris Dalakoglou
    2017
    NWO VIDI
    Maurice Crul    
    2017
    ERC Advanced Grant
    Nadia Bij de Vaate
    2017
    NWO Research Talent
    Lucille Mattijssen
    2016
    NWO Research Talent
    Iteke van Hille
    2015
    NWO Research Talent
    Ewa Miedzobrodzka
    2015
    NWO Research Talent
    Bianca Suanet
    2014
    NWO VENI
    Bert Klandermans
    2013
    ERC Advanced Grant
    Christian Burgers
    2013
    NWO VENI
    Aart Liefbroer
    2012
    ERC Advanced Grant
    Marlies Glasius
    2012
    ERC Advanced Grant
    Barbara Vis
    2012
    NWO VIDI
    Martijn Huisman
    2012
    NWO VIDI
    Philip Pattberg
    2012
    NWO VIDI
    Alexander Chaplin
    2012
    NWO Research Talent
    Trineke Palm
    2012
    NWO Research Talent
    Wouter van Atteveldt
    2011
    NWO VENI
    Elly Konijn
    2011
    NWO Aspasia
    Maja Lovrenovic
    2011
    NWO Mosaic
  • HONORABLE APPOINTMENTS

    Laureate    
    Appointment
    Karen van Oudenhoven-van der Zee
    Chief Diversity Officer VU
    Aart Liefbroer
    KNAW member
    Elly Konijn
    Fenna Diemer-Lindeboomleerstoel
    Marjolein Broese van Groenou
    Fenna Diemer-Lindeboomleerstoel

RESEARCH AWARDS

  • FSS DISSERTATION AWARD 2021

    The FSS Dissertation Award seeks to increase the high quality of empirical research in the broad field of social sciences. In substantive terms, there is no restriction on the chosen topic of research. The granting of the FSS Dissertation Award is open to all FSS former PhD students that defended their dissertation in the past two years on the faculty. Each academic department of the FSS may annually nominate one candidate.

    Nominations FSS Dissertation Award 2021

    Ludo Glimmerveen (Organization Sciences)

    Citizen Participation: Bargaining over boundaries in the organization of care services — Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (vu.nl)

    Hailed as a way to grant citizens more control over the services they use, advocates portray citizen participation as a crucial ingredient for service improvement. Still, despite widespread support for participation as a policy imperative, its pursuit often proves contentious. Critics consider participatory efforts to be something of a Trojan horse, used to legitimize decisions that have already been made or to compensate for cutbacks in public spending. Glimmerveen’s doctoral thesis investigates how such disparate accounts of citizen participation—and the organizational practices associated with them—interact within concrete participatory efforts. Approaching participatory efforts as instances of boundary work, Glimmerveen focuses on the inclusionary and exclusionary actions that open up or narrow down the space available for participation. This reveals the power dynamics that too often remain obscured or simplified in accounts that treat participation as a service improvement panacea or, alternatively, as a cynical attempt to co-opt citizens.

    Jesse Jonkman (Social and Cultural Anthropology)

    Underground Politics: Socio-Territorial Relations, Citizenship, and State Formation in Gold-Mining Regions in Chocó, Colombia — Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (vu.nl) [fully embargoed dissertation]

    Drawing on 13 months of fieldwork, this dissertation zooms in on the underground politics of small-scale gold mining in Chocó, Colombia. It tells the story of a heterogeneous miner population that has become increasingly sidelined by legislation. Moving beyond the tropes of unruliness that generally surround these people, the ultimate purpose of the dissertation is to flesh out the forms of socio-political order that arise in an area commonly portrayed as a zone of disorder. The dissertation weaves together an analysis of three distinct, yet interrelated, research themes, namely socio-territorial relations, political subjectivities, and bottom-up state-making. First, it illustrates the socio-territorial relations that emerge in strongly informalized mining regions. Second, it draws the contours of Colombia’s political climate of neoliberal extractivism and shows how this climate influences miners’ everyday experiences of citizenship. And third, it uncovers the bottom-up forms of state formation that persist in Chocó’s goldfields despite rampant informalization.

    Margo van Kemenade (Communication Science)

    Moral Concerns of Caregivers about Social Robots in Eldercare — Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (vu.nl)

    The Netherlands is ageing. There is not enough healthcare staff. The use of care robots could be a solution. Many healthcare providers fear that health care will be “dehumanized” if robots take over care tasks. If healthcare providers would experience that the use of care robots may actually improve the quality of care, including human contact, this will promote the use of robot technology. Facilitating direct contact between health care providers and care robots is given as a practical recommendation to mbo and hbo vocational courses. Setting up so-called Living Labs and offering lessons in ethics of care technology in the curriculum of care education can also be part of of a well-considered introduction of care technology.

    This dissertation shows that the use of robot technology does not dehumanize care, but rather brings the human touch back into care relationships, because the robot can take over some demanding care tasks.

    Lucille Mattijssen (Sociology)

    Non-standard Employment: Prospect or Precarity? — Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (vu.nl)

    Non-standard employment: Prospect or Precarity? – Lucille Mattijssen The strong increase in the share of non-standard employment – employment with a fixed-term, on-call or temporary work agency contract – in the Dutch labour market has raised the question to what extent non-standard employment offers prospects of stable, permanent employment, or results in a precarious cycle of repeated, low-paying non-standard jobs. In this dissertation, I aim to answer that question by analysing the careers of workers who enter non-standard employment in the Netherlands. Using register data from Statistics Netherlands, I apply a processual approach that allows for determining the quality of full careers based on the employment security and income security they provide workers. The results show that the outcomes of non-standard employment for workers’ careers are much more diverse than originally thought. Next to this, I look into potential explanations for the outcomes of non-standard employment from three perspectives: the economic, the sociological, and the human resources perspectives.

    Biejan Poor Toulabi (Political Science and Public Administration)

    The Myth of the Poor Man's Atomic Bomb and the Politics of Proliferation: Knowledge, Method, and Ideology in the Study of Chemical, Biological, and Nuclear Weapons — Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (vu.nl)

    Preventing the spread of weapons of mass destruction has been an important policy priority in the past decades. In his dissertation, Biejan Poor Toulabi questions the prevailing view that chemical and biological weapons (CBWs) are a ‘poor man’s atomic bomb’ that exert particular attraction on ‘developing countries’ that cannot acquire nuclear weapons.

    Poor Toulabi shows that vague, unverifiable, and inflated threat assessments from U.S. government sources play an important role in sustaining this myth. Through a unique dataset of CBW development programs in the period 1946-2010, Poor Toulabi shows that significantly fewer countries have had CBW programs than often thought and that especially ‘Third World’ countries have been incorrectly accused of pursuing or possessing CBWs.
    Finally, the dissertation shows that the drivers behind CBW programs are more complex than commonly assumed. For instance, foreign military threats are less central in CBW decisions than thought, with the popular idea that states treat these weapons as replacements for nuclear weapons proving especially inaccurate.

    Previous years 

    2020Younes Saramifarnominees
    2019Marieke van Wieringennominees (coming soon)
    2018
    Thijs Willems
    nominees
    2017
    Kasper Welbers
    nominees
    2016
    Maaike Matelski & Jeroen Wolbers
    nominees
    2015
    Dhoya Snijders
    nominees
    2014
    Nicoletta Dimitrova
    nominees
    2013
    Naná de Graaff
    nominees
  • FSS RESEARCH AWARD 2021

    The FSS Research Award aims to bring the most appealing, promising and original research achievements into the spotlight. This recognition encourages the nominees to continue on the same foot, provides an example for other researchers, and enables the departments and the faculty as a whole to contribute examples of research that contributes to accomplishing the mission of the faculty. 

    Each academic department of the FSS may nominate one candidate.

    This year the FSS Research Award will be granted to a senior research talent (who obtained it's PhD more than 7 years ago). Next year the award will be granted to a junior research talent.

    The granting of the FSS Research Award is not open to: a) persons who are part of the jury; b) persons who have already received the FSS Research Award in the previous five years. 

    Nominations FSS Research Award (senior) 2021

    Wouter van Atteveldt (Communication Science)

    The Communication Science department nominates Wouter van Atteveldt for putting the new field of Computational Communication Science on the map. As editor of the first special issue on the subject, he made many researchers aware of the possibilities and challenges of computational methods in communication science. Since then, he has founded an ICA division and started an open access journal on the subject, founded the pan-university research group CCS.Amsterdam, and led a successful research group at the VU. In addition, he published extensively on the subject, acquired several major grants (e.g., NWO and ERC), and made Open Science practices part of a normal research routine within this new field by means of his publications, tutorials and software.

    Alfons van Marrewijk (Organization Sciences)

    The aim of our research is to explore, reflect and learn from behavioural interventions in the collaborative practices in the design phase of circular construction projects to support the transition to a circular and low-carbon construction economy. The new practices of collaboration between contractors, clients, architects and suppliers in the design phase is perceived to be the biggest challenge in this transition. To withdraw from familiar and fixed social practices it is of cardinal importance that the Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) sector develops and adopts interventions influencing both people and organizational behaviour. Through reflective intervening, employees negotiate and give meaning to new work practices. The results of the study are the conditions for successful inter-organizational collaboration and successful work practices which are presented in a toolbox. The toolbox is systematically used, evaluated and improved in a larger number of projects by the end of the research period.

    Irene Stengs (Social and Cultural Anthropology)

    Professor by special appointment Irene Stengs is the Dutch specialist on ritual in public space. Her research focuses mainly on the social meaning of rituals, the dynamics of contemporary memorial culture, and the relationship between heritage making and identity politics. The importance of these themes can be seen in the ongoing unrest about the change or disappearance of 'authentically Dutch' traditions or the farewell rituals around national heroes, such as Peter R. De Vries in 2021. In the corona pandemic, traditional ritual routines lost their self-evidence, which was replaced by speculation about whether or not they could continue. New rituals, such as the applause for care, expressed the events with a heightened, emotional meaning. The corona crisis offers a prism on how rituals are constantly changing and intertwined with social and personal existence on many levels, a dimension that remains largely out of sight under normal circumstances.

    Theo van Tilburg (Sociology)

    Van Tilburg began research in the 1980s to comprehensively map the personal relationship network to understand differences in loneliness. In the 1990s the question shifted to changes in networks and loneliness in older adults. A – then – new finding was that there was also growth in networks – counter to the image of old age as a life stage of exclusive loss. In the years 2000-2010, using the sociological perspective on modernization, it was found that the probability of loneliness in an older person decreased over generations. Networks of older people became larger, including a stronger emphasis on friendships and more frequent stepchildren. Recent work has revisited the concept of loneliness. The COVID-19 pandemic provided an opportunity to examine the interrelatedness of society and individual experiences. A longitudinal study found resilience in the social realm, and a sharp increase in emotional loneliness.

    Wolfgang Wagner (Political Science and Public Administration)

    The notion that “politics stops at the water’s edge” is still popular in academia and politics. However, I have shown that this is not the case. Together with a large international network of colleagues and supported by a grant of the Gerda Henkel Foundation, I have collected data on more than 1.000 parliamentary votes on military interventions in 21 countries since the end of the Cold War. The data show that these decisions have been contested domestically along a left/right-axis: Opposition has been strongest at the far left and declines as one move along the left/right axis to green, social-democratic, liberal, christian democratic and conservative parties, before it increases again at the far right. This pattern can be found in Europa, North America and East Asia. I also show that political parties also systematically differ in the arguments they bring forward to support or oppose the use of armed force.

    Previous years 

    2020Mariken van der Veldennominees
    2019Halleh Ghorashinominees (coming soon)
    2017
    Johan Hoorn
    nominees
    2015
    Kees Boersmanominees
    2013
    Christian Burgers
    nominees
    2011
    Marleen de Witte
    nominees
  • FSS JOHANNES VAN DER ZOUWEN MASTER THESIS AWARD 2021

    Nominations for 2021

    Marie de Vries (Public Administration) (Winner)
    Supervisor: Sinan Çankaya

    Title thesis: Mensen die namens dieren spreken - Een onderzoek naar morele dilemma’s die handhavers van dierenwelzijn ervaren en de eventuele invloed van het antropocentrisme hierop

    Manon Brabander (Policy, communication and organization)
    Supervisor: Karin Kee

    Title thesis: Het belang van onderlinge relaties: Een mixed-method onderzoek naar de invloed van onderlinge relaties met collega’s van binnen en buiten het team op voice behavior van medewerkers

    Danique Pach (Communication Sciences)
    Supervisor: Giulia Ranzini

    Title thesis: The effect of AI deepfake videos on message credibility: A study about the causality between deepfakes and message credibility, sharing intention and the effect of source credibility and priming.

    Cato Janssen (Culture, Organization and Management)
    Supervisor: Frans Kamsteeg

    Title thesis: Gen(der)erations at work: Working life, career progression, and work-life balance at DAF Trucks Eindhoven

    Sietske van der Vliet (Political Science)
    Supervisor: Loes Aaldering

    Title thesis: Voting with the Heart or with the Head? An Experimental Study on Tactical Voting in Systems of Proportional Representation

    Anastasiia Omelianiuk (Social and Cultural Anthropology)
    Supervisor: Luisa Schneider/Eva van Roekel

    Title thesis: Making the unconscious conscious. Subjectivities of migrant women from post-Soviet countries in Berlin

    Eva M Vaes (Sociology)
    Supervisor: Dimitris Pavlopoulos

    Title thesis:  Caught between good intentions and limiting structures - Organizational programs for newly arrived refugees in the Netherlands the implications for the long term labor integration of refugees

    Sam van Grondelle (Societal Resilience)
    Supervisor: Halleh Ghorashi

    Title Thesis: Caught between good intentions and limiting structures - Organizational programs for newly arrived refugees in the Netherlands the implications for the long term labor integration of refugees

    Previous years 

    2020Cille Kaisernominees
    2019Vivièn Larosnominees
    2018
    Jasper Vlaanderen
    nominees
    2017
    Jochem Kootstra & Timo Korstenbroek
    nominees
    2016
    Anthonie Drenth
    nominees
    2015
    Daniëlle Bovenberg
    nominees
    2014
    Simon Twaalfhoven
    nominees
    2013
    Moos Pozzo & Joukje Swinkels
    nominees