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Five researchers at the University of Amsterdam have been awarded fellowships at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences (NIAS-KNAW). These are residential fellowships, and the researchers will be based at NIAS’s new location in the city centre of Amsterdam.


NIAS fellowships are exempt from teaching and management duties, allowing them to concentrate on advanced research projects. A total of 29 fellowships have been awarded this year.

The five UvA fellows

  • Niels van Doorn (Media Studies) will be investigating how value is produced in modern-day sharing and reputation-based economies.

  • Luc Fransen (Political Science) will be studying European Corporate Social Responsibility practices from a transnational perspective.

  • Hilde Geurts (Neuropsychology) will be focusing on wellbeing and cognitive aging in older adults with autism.

  • Liza Mügge (Political Science) will investigate how having a minority background and/or being a woman influence the work of members of the Dutch parliament such as Nebahat Albayrak and Ayaan Hirsi Ali.

  • Olav Velthuis (Sociology) will study the moral economy of pornography.

About the NIAS

The NIAS is an institute belonging to the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) that offers residential fellowships to individuals and groups of researchers. It stimulates advanced research and scientific innovation by providing researchers with a place to think, study and write, and the opportunity to interact with colleagues from around the world.

In 2016, the institute moved to its new location in the city centre of Amsterdam. Thirty renowned researchers currently live and work at the new location, and they will be joined by another 21 fellows in 2017.