The Dutch Research Council (NWO) has awarded substantial grants, each amounting to €750,000, to nine UG research projects. These projects focus on topics including millet as a sustainable crop, misleading advertisements and the strengthening of the constitutional state.
The board of the NWO domain Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH) has awarded a total of €22 million to researchers who had applied for the Open Competition SSH round in 2020. These funds will give researchers the opportunity to conduct research on a topic of their own choice. UG researchers are involved in nine of the 34 selected projects.
Prof. P.A.J. Attema
Salt is of vital importance to the human food economy and therefore of state importance. Following their discovery that salt production took place on the coast south of Rome as far back as the Bronze Age, the researchers examine how scaling-up took place and early Rome’s role as the main stakeholder.
P. Berger, PhD and prof. R.T.J. Cappers
Millets belong to the founder crops of agriculture. Recently, they are globally promoted as the “smart food” for the future. But how does crop selection relate to culture? Anthropologists and Archaeobotanists combine their expertise to research the nexus of millets and culture, in contemporary India and throughout Indian history.
Also read the article Millets: ancient crops for the future.
Prof. J.P. Elhorst (RUG) and G.E. Bijwaard, Phd (NIDI)
This project will investigate how the influence of socio-economic status on health is amplified by social relations of people within a neighbourhood. In particular, we look at how this relation develops over the life course of people, from childhood to mid-life to retirement.
Prof. B.M. Fennis
How easily are we deceived by advertising, fake news, and misinformation? Previous research issue has yielded mixed and conflicting results. This project develops and tests a new model that may predict when we are more and when we are less gullible and how we can effectively defend ourselves against deception.
Prof. M.L.M. Hertogh
Recent developments in Hungary and Poland have caused a rule of law crisis in the European Union. CITIZENS-LAW provides insight into the social perceptions of law that can explain this crisis. The results are translated into a governance toolkit to strengthen the rule of law in Europe.
D.J. Huisman, PhD and K.M. Cohen, PhD (UU)
How did crop cultivation start in the Dutch lowlands? We investigate subsurface landscapes that drowned since the stone age. In geological and geophysical datasets we will identify key locations on river levees. Using corings and microscopic and palaeobotanical techniques we investigate how and how quickly crop cultivation was introduced here.
Prof. H.J. de Jong and Prof. A. de Jong (EUR)
Economists consider stock exchanges of primordial importance for economy and society. However, we simply do not know whether the world’s oldest exchange, Amsterdam, served Dutch needs properly. We therefore conduct fundamental research into the exchange during a highly dynamic period of both fast growth and deep crisis.
Prof. B.W. Lensink
This project will develop a combination of economic and psychological interventions to improve women’s empowerment. The impact of the newly developed interventions will be evaluated by organising a randomised controlled trial with a microfinance institution in Vietnam.
M. Derksen, PhD (RUG) and prof. A.J. Pols (AMC)
If research cannot be replicated, does this mean that the original findings were false? Scientists, philosophers and policymakers debate these fundamental questions. This project furthers the debate about the meaning and usefulness of replication by analysing how replication research is being conducted.
The Bible, albeit very old, is still one of the most influential books in the world. The texts have been rewritten, copied out and translated a myriad of times over the past 2000 years. Are today's texts still in line with the originals? Bible...
The Dead Sea Scrolls, discovered some seventy years ago, are famous for containing the oldest manuscripts of the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament) and many hitherto unknown ancient Jewish texts. Now, by combining the sciences and the humanities,...
Many people don’t have a clear idea of the importance of religious heritage. Student assistants Kjelda Glimmerveen and Loïs Bakker explain the situation – but they believe that young people can also develop an interest in heritage if you let them...
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