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Profile of a Ceres institution: Radboud University Nijmegen, Department of Anthropology and Development Studies

The Department of Anthropology and Development Studies focuses in research and teaching on the reciprocal interaction between cultural diversity and inequality. This interface is complex and requires a multi-disciplinary perspective. This programme addresses the principal question how cultural diversity and socio-economic inequality influence each other in discourse as well as in social practices. The department also cooperates closely with the Radboud Gender and Diversity Studies group, both in research and teaching. The department organizes a seminar series on Diversity and Inequalities which is open to staff and students from all CERES institutions.

The department hosts two ERC (starting grant) programmes: The first one is led by Dr. Anouk de Koning and is entitled ‘Reproducing Europe: Migrant parenting and contested citizenship’; the second project is led by Dr. Martijn Koster and is entitled ‘Participatory urban governance between democracy and clientelism: Brokers and (in)formal politics’.

The Masters programme focuses on Shifting Solidarties, exploring local and global issues regarding solidarity, with specific focus on cultural diversity and citizenship; climate change and natural resources; and international solidarity and social movements. Within in this programme, a number of public lectures are organized each year, which are also open to staff and students from the CERES network.

Both the Masters programme  and the Bachelors programme attracts quite a number of international students. The Radboud University is situated close to the German border, and a significant number of German students register with us. As a result, our students have the opportunity to study in a truly international environment.

As part of the Master programme, students are asked to develop policy briefs on the basis of their research projects. In June this year, the students presented these policy briefs at the CERES Summer School in Utrecht. Both the students and the other summer school participants were enthusiastic about this initiative. Hence these presentations will be continued at the coming Summer School – which is planned to be hosted by the Radboud University.

Last year both the Bachelors and Masters programmes were rated best Masters and Bachelors programmes in the Dutch ‘Keuzegids’ (study selection guide) 2017 for the Masters programme this was the third year in a row.

The department hosts a considerable number of PhD-students. Twenty-five fully funded PhD-students from the Netherlands, China, Nicaragua, Ethiopa, Indonesia, Rwanda, Italy, U.K. are currently working on their project at the Department. In addition, 25 external PhD-students are affiliated to our institute, either funded by their employers or through Radboud Fellowships offered by the university – they come from the Netherlands, Chile, Ethiopia, the Philippines, Uganda, Jamaica and the US.

This year the department of Anthropology and Development Studieshas quite a number of public defences coming up, so keep an eye out for their agenda here.

Besides, the department hosts the Advanced Master in Development (AMID). This is a unique one-year post-master programme in the field of international development and has a dual nature. Trainees work four days a week at an organisation based in the Netherlands engaged in issues related to international development and attend lectures at the university one day a week. The programme is accredited by IAC/EADI in compliance with the IAC/EADI standing orders for postgraduate development studies programmes. The call for applications has been issued on the first of September.

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On Friday the 27th of October, Marja Spierenburg, who was appointed professor in Development Studies in August 2016, will deliver her inaugural lecture entitled: Hit by a double whammy: the combined impact of shrinking labour markets and land concentration in the Global South. The lecture will be delivered in English. To register, please use the following link: www.ru.nl/spierenburg