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Nine affiliates of the ACES Research Priority Area of the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences (FMG) have been selected for a grant for Research Support in 2021.

ACES affiliates could either apply for a Seed Grant to prepare an application for a research grant (NWO or ERC), or for a Thematic Research Grant. 

The results of a similar call by the university-wide Research Priority Area will be announced within the next few weeks.

FMG Seed Grants have been awarded to:

Bert Bakker (Communication Science), for a pilot study in preparation of a Vidi-grant application on the topic of  the role that emotions play in European politics - developing a novel theory that outlines the causes and consequences of both self-reported emotions and physiological responses, in particular Bakker’s so-called ‘Political Parrots’ hypothesis.

Dimitris Bouris (Political Science), to prepare an ERC Consolidator Grant focusing on the everyday politics and practices of constructing statehood in contested states (internal aspect) and the diplomatic practices of contested states, aiming at achieving international recognition (external aspect). Bouris will pay special attention to the role the European Union plays in this respect. Furthermore Bouris will prepare a proposal for a Jean Monnet Chair and, if feasible, a Horizon Europe proposal.

Luc Fransen (Political Science), to prepare an ERC Consolidator Grant application on the topic of recently emerging binding rules for the responsible conduct of corporations, including human rights due diligence regulations developed in France, Germany, the Netherlands, Switzerland and the UK, and, on the European Union level, a study of the policy processes focused on human rights due diligence for corporations.

Franca van Hooren (Political Science) for the preparation of an ERC Starting Grant application. Her project will provide new insights into the politics that shape care work across Europe since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. It will compare how political decisions shaping care work have been made in several European countries. It traces political contestations at various levels (local, regional, sectoral, national, international), it studies how different actors, including political parties made claims within these various arenas and what the effects of these interventions have been on the construction of care work

FMG Thematic Research Grants have been awarded to:

Patrick Brown and Anna Keuchenius (Sociology). Their project, which will be conducted in cooperation with researchers from the Humanities Faculty as well as the Bijwerkingen Centrum (Netherlands Pharmacovigilance Centre) focuses on the visibility, framing and institutional trust of European and national regulatory bodies during the implementation of COVID 19 vaccines, tracking and analysing the dynamics of social media coverage.

Andreas Goldberg (Communication Science) for a survey data collection in the context of public opinion towards the future relations between the European Union (EU) and European non-EU countries. His research could also feed into an NWO Vidi or ERC Starting Grant application.

Beste İşleyen (Political Science) for preparing a book manuscript proposal, which will investigate the externalization of border and migration control in Turkey. İşleyen will develop a conceptual framework, which brings externalization research in closer dialogue with the discipline of history in order to better account for policy transfer, policy adoption and resistance in third countries with regard to the EU’s border and migration regime

Sebastian Krapohl (Political Science) for incorporating the UvA Python library into the larger and much better developed Axelrod Python library for evolutionary game theory simulations. This part of a wider project which – inter alia – focusses on the external policies of the European Union. In all three policy fields – trade, climate and security policy – the EU has crucial interests and is a major global player.

Andreas Schuck (Communication Science). He will lead a group of six researchers at Communication Sciences who do a content analysis of campaign coverage of the German Federal Election which will be held on 26 September 2021. They will identify and analyse the salience, content portrayal, and level of contestation of European issues as well as the prominence of EU-level actor