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Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences

Results: 51 - 100 of 823
Results: 51 - 100 of 823
  • Huub Dijstelbloem (photo: Kirsten van Santen)
    Huub Dijstelbloem named new director of Institute for Advanced Study
    30 Jun 2021
    Huub Dijstelbloem, professor of Philosophy of Science, Technology and Politics, will be the new scientific director of the UvA's Institute for Advanced Study (IAS). His appointment will take effect on 1 September and ...
  • Young women uses her hand as binoculars in front of her left eye
    Attention and expectations determine what we see
    29 Jun 2021
    Our senses process a massive amount of information, yet the world around us seems quite straightforward. Selective attention and expectations play an important role in this. ‘What we see every day and every moment is ...
  • Maria Kaika
    Maria Kaika Receives 2021 European Award for Excellence in Teaching
    28 Jun 2021
    Prof. Dr. Maria Kaika of the University of Amsterdam wins the tenth annual European Award for Excellence in Teaching in the Social Sciences and Humanities. 'The breadth and depth of Maria Kaika’s work as a teacher, ...
  • The UvA Honorary Medallion
    UvA kicks off first Medallion Day with six awards
    25 Jun 2021
    The UvA has started a new tradition: the annual Medallion Day. On this day each year, the UvA will award Honorary Medallions to individuals who have made a special contribution to the university. At the first ...
  • Don’t wait for that robot to take over your job
    22 Jun 2021
    AI can make people think differently about their work, causing them to question how skilled they still are and feel uncertain about the future of their job. Will your job soon be taken over by a robot? Such ...
  • Multinationals have a major influence on the European political agenda
    15 Jun 2021
    In Brussels, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) lobby hard on issues that are already on the political agenda, while companies lobby on issues they would like to see added to the agenda. ‘And ultimately, influence ...
  • Understanding Consciousness
    15 Jun 2021
    Waking up remains a strange sensation. Just one moment ago the world didn't exist for you and then, in a split second, it was there with all the smells, sounds, movements and visual sensations. For centuries ...
  • The call for DSC Interdisciplinary PhD proposals is now open
    11 Jun 2021
    The DSC seeks to accelerate data driven research within the University of Amsterdam. Through the Interdisciplinary PhD programme, the DSC aims to foster research into new data science methods that help to tackle hard ...
  • What impact does the changing labour market have on specialists?
    10 Jun 2021
    What will car mechanics do once everyone is driving an electric vehicle? And how are watchmakers doing now that people mostly wear smartwatches? Social developments are changing the demand for labour. Sociologist ...
  • A giant inflated model of a bee during a demonstration in front of the EU Commission offices calling the EU to adopt a ban on bee-killing neonicotinoid pesticides
    With these reforms the EU could rebuild public support
    10 Jun 2021
    Through its Green Deal the EU seeks a transition towards sustainable agriculture. This includes measures to reduce the risk and use of pesticides by 50% by 2030. Public support for these measures is crucial, but has ...
  • a network floating above the world
    Fundamental change in financial power structures
    8 Jun 2021
    Never before has the international network of global business been mapped out in such detail as it has been by researchers from the University of Amsterdam over the past 7 years. Their network analysis of 200 million ...
  • ‘I am here to assist you today.’ How we respond to chatbots.
    2 Jun 2021
    As online users we are increasingly exposed to chatbots as one form of AI-enabled media technologies. Stand-alone chatbots are often used for product or service recommendations, for example when online shopping or ...
  • Syrian refugees ask the German government for help
    Categorisation of refugees leads to new inequalities
    25 May 2021
    A record number of people across the world have been displaced from their homes. Only a small number find refuge in Europe via safe and legal pathways. The categorisation of refugees plays an important role in this ...
  • Funding for social and behavioural data science
    25 May 2021
    Through the Accelerate Programme, the UvA Data Science Centre has awarded funding for four proposals at the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences. This is to enhance research within the newly established Social ...
  • Factors contributing to science rejection across countries
    20 May 2021
    In Western nations spirituality, more than religiosity, may be the ‘enemy’ of science acceptance. That is one of the conclusions of an investigation of science skepticism in 24 countries. The study shows how levels ...
  • We are not as polarized as we think
    20 May 2021
    A major international study on political polarization found that people across the world often exaggerate political differences and negative feelings of opposing political groups. Explaining the true feelings of the ...
  • KNAW Early Career Partnerships for four UvA researchers
    19 May 2021
    UvA researchers Eddie Brummelman, Dimitri van den Meerssche, Fabiola Müller and Loes Pouwels have all been awarded KNAW Early Career Partnerships. They will each be given the opportunity to organise an ...
  • Xi Jinping, President of the People's Republic of China
    The Chinese Communist Party's international arm
    18 May 2021
    It is no secret that Chinese President Xi Jinping harbours high international ambitions. What was not yet known, however, is the role the Chinese Communist Party plays in this, specifically its International ...
  • Social networks as an antidote to loneliness
    29 Apr 2021
    The coronavirus pandemic is having a significant impact on young people’s mental health. Youth care researcher Levi van Dam suggest with international colleagues that mentors chosen by young people themselves from ...
  • Divesting fairly from fossil fuels around the world
    22 Apr 2021
    To combat global warming, we have to stop using fossil fuels. This will have a major impact on both investors in related industries who will have to write off trillions of dollars and developing countries that had ...
  • Woman looks online at information about breast cancer
    Promoting cancer screening through social media analyses
    20 Apr 2021
    Early identification through screening is a crucial element in reducing the burden of cancer. But many people don’t participate in the mass screening offered and recommended by the Dutch state. How do people arrive ...
  • Which student emotionally affects the teacher?
    20 Apr 2021
    A teacher can experience a lot of joy through contact with students, but can also feel frustration when students show disruptive behaviours. Education scientist Janneke de Ruiter studied the emotional interactions ...
  • Autism and ageing
    1 Apr 2021
    When we think of autism, we tend to think of children. Yet autism does not simply disappear as you get older. Researchers in the autism lab at the University of Amsterdam are investigating the relationship between ...
  • UvA Crisis Monitor update: Lots of stress and high study/work pressure among students and staff
    30 Mar 2021
    The degree of stress and study pressure among students is high and has been steadily increasing in recent weeks. Stress and work pressure among employees are fairly stable over time, but also high. This is evident ...
  • ‘No more papering over the cracks’
    30 Mar 2021
    On 6 April, students, PhDs, lecturers and professors from higher education will be demonstrating against underfunding. ‘I am fully convinced of the need for this action, because we can’t go on like this any longer,’ ...
  • The supermarket that communicates with you while you shop
    30 Mar 2021
    For many people, environmental knowledge and awareness does not necessarily translate into pro-environmental action. Even those with a strong desire to act in a more environmentally friendly way find themselves ...
  • Photo of the repaired Grimburgwal quay wall
    Grimburgwal quay wall back in use
    29 Mar 2021
    The emergency repair work on the Grimburgwal quay wall, which collapsed on 1 September 2020, is now complete. Clean-up work has been carried out, an emergency structure with sheet piling has been erected and the quay ...
  • CO-CREATE participants discuss policy advice
    Adolescents give advice on how to combat overweight
    24 Mar 2021
    Overweight has been a major social problem for some time already, and the coronavirus pandemic has only served to exacerbate it. In order to successfully combat youth overweight, adolescents are calling for bold and ...
  • Millions for AI knowledge and investment consortium
    23 Mar 2021
    A knowledge and investment consortium made up of a large group of Dutch universities and a venture capitalist has been awarded an €8 million grant to accelerate the application and marketing of innovations in the ...
  • picture telling what CiSAI is all about
    We need to better understand the impact of AI on society and citizens
    23 Mar 2021
    Artificial Intelligence (AI) is more than just a set of technologies. AI will fundamentally affect citizens and transform societies, in both desirable and undesirable ways. The Faculty of Social & Behavioural ...
  • Claes de Vreese
    Claes de Vreese becomes fifth university professor of AI
    22 Mar 2021
    Professor Claes de Vreese has been appointed university professor of Artificial Intelligence and Society by the Executive Board of the UvA. This appointment takes the number of university professors in the field of ...
  • star with a checker
    Research Assessment of the Political Science Department: Excellent!
    18 Mar 2021
    The political science department at the University of Amsterdam was recently assessed on the quality of their research by an international committee. The department received a maximum score of 'excellent' on all ...
  • Dutch politicians showing frowning and happy faces
    How do politicians’ emotions affect us as voters?
    17 Mar 2021
    Emotions are usually very contagious, especially when expressed by people you like. If someone looks happy, for instance, you become happy too. But when politicians are involved, the dynamic is slightly different. It ...
  • Climate scepticism teaches us about COVID-19 scepticism
    16 Mar 2021
    Social psychological factors that explain science scepticism with regard to climate change and vaccinations also provide insights into mistrust surrounding COVID-19, according to social psychologists Bastiaan Rutjens ...
  • How digital platforms are reshaping our cities
    15 Mar 2021
    Anyone exploring a new city uses digital platforms. We decide where we want to drink coffee with Yelp, we find our way with Google Maps and a place to sleep with Airbnb. But while these platforms help us with this, ...
  • Negative emotions are better predictors of populist attitudes
    11 Mar 2021
    The rise of populism has been accompanied by explanations as to why people feel drawn to it. An international study across 15 European countries, carried out by researchers at the University of Amsterdam and funded ...
  • a small male and female figure are sitting on a pair of glasses
    What role do gender stereotypes play during elections?
    5 Mar 2021
    Do classical gender stereotypes affect the way we view politicians and does this affect election results? ‘Not much’, concludes researcher Daphne van der Pas. ‘Once men and women become politically active, then other ...
  • Communication & Media Studies again number one worldwide in QS Ranking
    4 Mar 2021
    This year the University of Amsterdam (UvA) has once again been ranked best in the world for Communication Science & Media in the QS World University rankings by subject. This is the fourth year in a row that UvA ...
  • Peer van der Helm. Credits: Kirsten van Santen
    Peer van der Helm named professor by special appointment of Education and Care in Special Education
    2 Mar 2021
    Dr G.H.P. (Peer) van der Helm (1957) has been named professor by special appointment of Education and Care for Pupils with Cognitive Disabilities and Behavioural Problems in Special Education, at the University of ...
  • Beeld: Pixabay
    We post so much on social media because we learn from rewards
    26 Feb 2021
    People's social media use is often compared to an addiction, where the craving is for as much social reward - likes - as possible. However, empirical evidence for social media use as a reward-based behaviour is ...
  • How will AI and digital technologies transform democracy and the media?
    22 Feb 2021
    How will AI change media? What new opportunities can AI create for democracy? And what conditions need to be fulfilled for these things to happen? Starting Monday, 22 February, researchers from the University of ...
  • wallpainting with the word 'populism'
    Populism, do we all mean the same thing?
    19 Feb 2021
    The word populism is on everybody's tongue these days, but do we all mean the same thing? What is the difference between left-wing and right-wing populism? Is populism good or bad for democracy? How are the populist ...
  • Eileen Moyer appointed professor of Anthropology of Ecology, Health and Climate Change
    19 Feb 2021
    Dr Eileen Moyer has been appointed professor of Anthropology of Ecology, Health and Climate Change at the Faculty of Social and Behavourial Sciences at the University of Amsterdam (UvA).
  • AUAS and UvA target of cyber attack (update)
    17 Feb 2021
    The Security and Operations Center of the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (AUAS) and University of Amsterdam (UvA) have found that an unknown third party has gained access to the ICT environments of the AUAS ...
  • 'New political parties enter a life or death struggle'
    11 Feb 2021
    When people think of new political parties, they tend to think of successful examples such as Podemos in Spain or the 5-Star Movement in Italy. We often forget that the majority of new parties fail to win a single ...
  • Marie Curie Fellowships for seven UvA researchers
    11 Feb 2021
    Seven talented UvA researchers have been awarded Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships by the European Commission. The amount awarded per fellowship ranges from around €175,000 to €280,000 euros per ...
  • ‘The anti-racism movement could put wind in the sails of multicultural parties’
    10 Feb 2021
    During the Dutch elections in March this year, voting behaviour of people with a migration background will be studied for the first time at national level. 'Something is happening', states UvA political scientist ...
  • girl holding cardboard on which is written 'Save our democracy'
    ‘A growing number of citizens is immune to the authoritarian virus’
    9 Feb 2021
    Is an authoritarian virus going around, damaging our democracy? Many fear so, due to the erosion of democratic values, the rise of authoritarian politicians and the resurgence of the extreme right. Political ...
  • girls holds textballoon above her head
    'Why voting as early as 16 is much better'
    5 Feb 2021
    Last year, political scientist Sarah de Lange, as a member of the Council for Public Administration, advised the Dutch parliament and government to lower the voting age to 16. She explains why it is important to give ...
  • Similarities between partners may lessen negative impact of attachment insecurity in couples
    3 Feb 2021
    The coronavirus crisis has put a strain on many relationships and marriages. Almost one out of every three couples already reported serious relationship issues before the crisis. Attachment insecurity is a threat to ...