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CLUE+ divides its research into 5 research programmes, which overlap and cooperate in many high-profile research projects. The goal of the programmes is to make CLUE+ research and events more accessible to our researchers.

Since 2022, CLUE+ has been working on developing its new research programmes. Each of these programmes is interdisciplinary and welcomes CLUE+ researchers from different faculties. Find out more about each of the programmes by clicking on the titles.

Programme Coordinators

  • Inclusive Landscape Transformations

    Evelien de Hoop (Athena Institute, Faculty of Science) researches and teaches on the intersections between socio-ecological landscape change and health. Academically, she is rooted in Science and Technology Studies (STS), critical geography, post- and decolonial studies and connected history, among others. She has a leading role in various international projects including NWO-funded project Soy Stories, H2020 project FoodCLIC and Alternatives2Extractivism. Her work is distinctly transdisciplinary, connecting the Inclusive Landscape Transformations’ research agenda to those of a wide variety of relevant societal partners across the globe.

    Niels van Manen (School of Business and Economics) is the second co-research coordinator of the Landscapes in Transition program since its establishment in 2022. He is researcher at the departement of Spatial Economics of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and at SPINLab. He is also Team Leader of the Digital Spatial Humanities research team and he coordinates UNIGIS Amsterdam. He teaches at the Amsterdam University College and VU Learn! Academy.

  • Environmental and Health Humanities

    Kristine Steenbergh is senior lecturer English Literature at the Faculty of Humanities. She specializes in the history of emotions and the Environmental Humanities.  As of 1 January 2020, Kristine took over as new coordinator of the CLUE+ research program Paradigms of Creativity, continuing as co-coordinator of the new program Environmental and Health Humanities. This research program joins humanities approaches to human-nature relations, health and medicine, and emotions and senses.

    Erin La Cour's current research focuses on both the intermediality and mediality of comics in several socio-historical cultural milieux. She is faculty advisor for the creative writing and experimental image/text journal Expanded Field, is a member of the Nordic Network for Comics Research, and is the co-founder and co-director of Amsterdam Comics, an independent research consortium. Erin has been co-coordinator of the Environmental and Health Humanities research program since its establishment in 2022.

  • Globalisation, Capitalisation, Capitalism

    As of 2021, Pepijn Brandon was the new coordinator of the CLUE+ research program Global History, Heritage and memory. He continues as co-coordinator of the new research program Globalisation, Capitalism, Colonialism. The program focusses on movements of people, their artefacts and ideas across space, and the connections between societies that arise out of those movements. Pepijn’s work focuses among other topics on the inherently global history of capitalism in connection to regionally specific histories of war, dispossession, and enslavement. As program coordinator, he intends to pay particular attention to the question how our views on global history can be enriched by further extending cooperation between researchers from the Global North and from the Global South. 

    Babs Boter has been co-coordinator of the research program Globalisation, Capitalism, Colonialism since its establishment in 2022.

  • Knowledge in Context

    Ab (Abraham) Flipse is University Historian of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. He is based in the Cultural History research group within the Faculty of Humanities, where he conducts and coordinates research on the history of universities (especially the history of the VU Amsterdam), of science, of medicine, of science and religion, as well as teaches on a variety of subjects. Since its establishment in 2022, Ab had been the second co-coordinator of the CLUE+ Knowledge in Context research program. 

  • Traces of the Transcendent

    Hans Alma (Faculty of Religion and Theology) is a full professor spiritual care and religious-humanist meaning. Her academic work is based on her interest in the ways by which people give meaning to their lives and which sources they use in doing so. A central focus of her research is the role of imagination and art in the search for meaning.

    Jessica Roitman is professor of Jewish Studies at the Faculty of Religion and Theology (FRT) with effect of the 1st of February 2021. Jessica has joined the CLUE+ coordination team as co-coordinator of the Traces of the Transcendent research program from its establishment in 2022.