Max van den Berg was appointed Honorary Professor of Global Governance and Sustainable Livelihood at the Faculty of Arts of the University of Groningen on 1 November. His appointment will run for a maximum period of 5 years.
Van den Berg will devote one day a week to his new unpaid position, which is embedded in the interdisciplinary Globalisation Studies Groningen (GSG) institute and affiliated with the degree programmes in International Relations and International Organization and International Humanitarian Action and the Centre for International Relations Research. His appointment will focus primarily on teaching and on supervising PhD students.
Max Van den Berg (1946) has a versatile track record. Until the end of March this year he was King’s Commissioner for the province of Groningen. Before that, he was chair of the Partij van de Arbeid (the Dutch Labour party), director of Novib (now Oxfam Novib) and a member of the European Parliament, where he focused mainly on European aid to development countries. Van den Berg studied Sociology at the University of Groningen and started his career as alderman of the municipality of Groningen. During the opening of the current academic year, he was presented with the Ubbo Emmius Medal for his contributions to society.
Over the years, Van den Berg has gained a lot of experience in the fields of governance and international collaboration. His appointment at the Faculty of Arts will therefore mainly focus on sharing this experience with students and PhD candidates. He will give guest lectures as part of existing degree programmes and provide support to PhD students where necessary. Van den Berg’s activities will contribute to one of the University’s research focus areas, Sustainable Society.
The appointment committee is of the opinion that Van den Berg has excellent, highly valuable expertise within the field of the chair. He will thus contribute to the existing knowledge and skills within the Faculty of Arts degree programmes and research centres that focus on this field.
Globalisation Studies Groningen (GSG) secretariat, J. Hoving: j.hoving rug.nl / 050 363 2391
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