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GLOCAL awards her members small grants to finance a large variety of research projects related to GLOCAL. GLOCAL has awarded microgrants to finance the following projects.

  • November 2021 - Cesar Merlin Excorza: Digital cameras and memory cards
  • February 2020 - Maya Turolla: Seeing through the farmers' eyes: faces and phases of Accra's urban
  • February 2020 - Dr Juliette Alenda: Exploratory field word, multi-dimensional local governace
  • February 2020 - Simone Haarbosch: Public defence of Simone Haarbosch + Guest lecture Prof Claire Wallace from the University of Aberdeen
  • February 2020 - Iris Poelen: Syrian and Eritrean female forced migrants' home-making processes in The Netherlands
  • 2019 - Dr Jana Vyrastekova: Impact of inclusion on public goods provision
  • 2019 - Maya Turolla: Is youth only a number?
  • 2019 - Dr Sandor Schrijner & Prof Jeroen Smits: Creating indicators for SDG 11: Sustainable cities
  • 2019 - Ainul Fajri: Kick-off the New Memorandum of Understanding between the Radboud University of Nijmegen, The Netherlands, and the University of Syiah Kuala, and the State Islamic University of Ar-Raniry, Indonesia
  • 2019 - Stijn van Weezel & Dr Willemijn Verkoren: Ethnicity and political unrest
  • 2017 - Dr Joris Schapendonk
  • 2017 - Dr Haley Swedlund
  • 2017 - Dr Jana Vyrastekova: Charity towards others: refugees vs. locals
  • 2017 - Maya Turolla: Development policies and practices around youth in agribusiness in Uganda: An ehtnographic perspective

Dr Pascal Beckers - 'support for the RUNOMI start-up activities' - 2018

Forging new RU-wide collaborations: Establishing the RU Network for Migrant Inclusion
Migrant inclusion in receiving societies is an essential element in efforts geared at bridging the global-local divide. Migrants in receiving societies – if empowered to exercise their agency – contribute substantially to the wellbeing and prosperity of receiving, transition and origin regions. Given the paramount importance of ongoing societal challenges in related issues and the major contribution that interdisciplinary scientific knowledge can make, a substantive group of about 20 RU scholars wants to intensify collaboration in research and teaching in the domain of migrant inclusion studies. These scholars are affiliated with the RU Nijmegen School of Management, the faculties of Arts, Law, Social Sciences, Philosophy, Theology and Religious Studies and the Radboud University Medical Centre. To foster interdisciplinary and interfaculty collaboration, recently the RU-wide RU Network on Migrant Inclusion (RUNOMI) was initiated as a spin-off of the RU Healthy Society initiative. This GLOCAL micro-grant will support the RUNOMI start-up activities programmed over the period June – November 2018, which entail the kick-off meeting of founding members (June) as well as seminar series on Migrant Inclusion (Fall).

Dr Lothar Smith - 'Inviting Dr. Francis Jarawura, University of Development Studies, Ghana, for several academic activities' - 2018

Moving on? A generational angle to the societal and economic viability of rural regions of West Africa in the context of extensive migration. Case study: Northern Ghana.
In an increasingly globalising world the position of those who occupy its margins demands high attention, as - subject to various macro changes such as climate change, increasingly complex trade constellations, societal drive towards modernity, etc. - they may be increasingly left out in the world, leading to all manner of social and political repercussions, but also issues of human security. The rural population of northern, rural Ghana is a case in point. With other regions in the country, notably urban parts, noting strong economic growth, which have led to the whole country being relabelled as a middle income country by the World Bank, not much of this has rubbed off onto those living in Ghana's more arid northern regions. To address this we will address the specific potential of the young generation, and the potential they may have, in linking rural communities to urban and global developments. For this we will invite Dr. Francis Jarawura, lecturer and researcher at the University of Development Studies, who has done extensive research on this theme, and organize a range of activities through which to further consider the issues at hand, and related governance options.

Dr Albert de Vaal - 'Hubness in Regional Trade Agreements' - 2018

Why do some countries take in a more central position in the plethora of RTAs than other countries?

This project develops a longitudinal database of a newly developed measure that determines a country’s relative importance in trade agreements (‘hubness’). The database tabulates hubness-values for different weighing schemes, which allows for a consistent comparison over time of hubness across countries, facilitating the explanation of cross-country differences. The database also provides a new control variable for cross-country and time series analyses of growth differences between countries. Part of the project is also to investigate how to make the database publicly available.

Perephan Jittrapirom, PhD - 'Seminar by dr W. Marome of Thammasat University Thailand' - 2018

The microgrant will be used to invite Assistant Professor Wijitbusaba Marome of Thammasat University or TU (Bangkok, Thailand) to share the challenges her research team is facing is in transferring the international best practice in climate adaptation, such as scenario planning, into the local context of Bangkok. The research team has devised several measures to involve local community and decision makers, including an innovative Urban Resilience game. The game has been used to stimulate learning and participatory among stakeholders. In addition, we expect her to visit to kick start collaborations between RU and TU in the field of urban resilience.

Dr Romain Malejacq - 'Book project: "Warlord Survival: The Delusion of State-Building in Afghanistan"' - 2018

With this grant, I propose to hire an assistant to help me complete a book manuscript entitled Warlord Survival: The Delusion of State-Building in Afghanistan. Most international actors involved in war-torn countries prefer that warlords recede into insignificance as central states assert their authority. Yet, in places like Afghanistan, warlords continue to play a significant role in the political landscape and exert authority in parallel to that of the state. In this book, I show that warlords persist by virtue of their ability to navigate across political orders and harness different sources of power in ways that escape state domination.

Dr Frank Bohn - 'Ethnicity, Elections and In-group Loyalty' - 2018

The project is about the motivation for loyalty in ethnic groups. Li and Pique (2018) emphasize non-instrumental, ethical or expressive, motives for voting. De Vries (2017) argues that expressiveness may be particularly relevant for explaining in-group loyalty in parties, even if their leaders are corrupt. Can such motives also be relevant for ethnic groups? Are ethnic leaders supported because of “motivated reasoning” (ethnic voters discount negative information about the ethnic leader in order to avoid a negative self-image)? The micro grant will be used for formulating/developing a workable project outline including literature review and discussion of possible methodologies.

2020-21 GLOCAL Master Thesis Prize

20 January 2022
At the Glocal Master Thesis Prize Award Ceremony on December 21st, the prize awarding committee announced the winner of the second Glocal Master Thesis Prize. As a research hotspot, we are happy to announce the winner of the Glocal Master Thesis Prize 2021 is: Marie-Therese Rezko with her thesis “The Impact of Unilateral Sanction Regimes on the Humanitarian Sector: a case study of Syria”.

2019-20 GLOCAL Master Thesis Prize

15 December 2020
Glocal Hotspot brings together scholars analysing central contemporary phenomena with a critical lens and emphasising global-local interactions. We support open scientific discussion across fields, and support research on all levels. In November 2020, we have announced the first round of Glocal Master Thesis prize. It is our pleasure to announce that the winner of the 2019-20 GLOCAL Master Thesis Prize is: Paschalina Garidou with her thesis “Refugee Crisis and the EU External Border Regime: The Greek Case”.