Talma Lecture: ‘2019 was a great year with great numbers’

Faculty of Social Sciences celebrates her research initiatives.

01/27/2020 | 1:10 PM

Professor in Diversity and Integration Halleh Ghorashi, organization scientist Marieke van Wieringen and master Political Science student Vivièn Laros have received the annual research prizes at the Faculty of Social Sciences last Friday, the 24th of January. The prizes are awarded during the annual Talma Lecture.

This year Jacquelien van Stekelenburg, research portfolio holder within the faculty, hosted the Talma Lecture. According to the hostess, the faculty can be proud of its research initiatives. She spoke of '2019 as a great year with great numbers’ . Dean Karen van Oudenhoven - van der Zee was responsible for the opening of the lecture. Van Oudenhoven-Van der Zee pleaded for "slow science". Because great thinkers must also have room to explore new ideas.

This year the lecture itself was given by professor Gjalt de Graaf and an external speaker, former D66-politician Alexander Rinnooy Kan. The theme of the lecture was "Dilemmas in public governance". The speakers also discussed how the same dilemmas are also addressed in education and how staff can deal with these conflicting interests. 

The program was concluded with the research prizes of the faculty. The jury praised Ghorashi and her team for their inspiring ambition: “Her work  is a fine example of the research ambitions of the Social Sciences Faculty. Halleh has built a new team of researchers around diversity, a subject that also is connected to her personal trajectory from entering the Netherlands as a refugee to a valued advisor and researcher.  By thus living the full cycle of societally relevant research, Halleh will be the worthy keeper of the FSW Research Award 2019!”

The prize for the best Dissertation of 2019 went to Marieke van Wieringen. The jury called her thesis strong on all levels. “Marieke’s thesis has a strong introduction with clear explanation of key terms and phenomena, starting with excellent quote by actor (nurse) and historical context. A complex topic, with high societal relevance, explained very well and clear. The thesis is strong at all levels: clear and concise writing, good structure, well defined research questions, clearly explained abductive methodology, chapters (articles) that build on each other and are clearly related.” In the category best master student thesis Vivièn Laros her thesis about the Sami in Norway was awarded. “This thesis shows that the incorporation of methods from relevant other disciplines facilitates newer ways of understanding and opens up novel paths of knowledge creation. As a political science thesis, it contributes to integrating into policy making (in Vivièn’s words) the ‘Indigenous conceptions of justice on issues that affect them’, and calls for further research into ‘institutional constraints to environmental justice’.”

The afternoon ended with a festive New Year's reception. For a complete overview of all nominees you can go HERE.