Curious to get a better grasp of the dynamics and challenges of transformative social innovation? Check out the first and second TRANSIT Briefs, which Rene Kemp, Paul Weaver, Julia Backhaus and Tim Strasser have contributed to on behalf of the ICIS team. The first brief focuses on 12 social innovation networks and their change strategies & challenges, while the second brief zooms in on the governance and co-production challenges related to internal politics, institutionalization, hybridity and context factors.
Currently the ICIS team is working on a case study of Basic Income, as well as a paper on the notion of “inclusive society” in relation to transformative social innovation.
The Annual Review of Social Partnerships (ARSP) has asked their readers to nominate international thought, praxis, and thexis leaders in the cross-sector partnership domain who have inspired them in their work and theory. ARSP received nominations from 13 countries and ICIS is honored to announce that Prof. Pieter Glasbergen has been awarded the 2015 ARSP honors certificate as a Thought leader in Social Partnerships. Click Here to go the homepage of ARSP.
The Open day of the Master programme Sustainability Science and Policy took place last Saturday, October 10th. Over 30 interested students with 9 different nationalities visited ICIS and attended the presentation about the program. They also spoke with current SSP students and staff members. The next Open day will take place on February 20th, 2016. Don’t miss it!
Are you willing to contribute to a sustainable future? Would you like to acquire the knowledge and skills to deal with one of the world’s most relevant and complex questions: how to balance ecological, economic, and social developments for our present and future well-being? Then Sustainability Science and Policy is the right programme for you! Download the full info pack.
ICIS will host a Master’s Open Day on Saturday 10 October 2015 about the Master Sustainability Science and Policy. Two information sessions and an information market will be offered throughout the day and visitors will have the opportunity to talk with staff and students.
Please register via the Master’s Open Day page on the Maastricht University website. We look forward to welcoming you!
ICIS organized a workshop on the future of sustainable agriculture in Indonesia from September 27th– October 2nd in Bali. This workshop was part of the SPIN project on global certifying partnerships and their effects on the socio-economic conditions of Indonesian smallholders. The workshop consisted of excellent expert presentations on the prospects of a sustainable agriculture of palm oil, coffee and cocoa in Indonesia. During the workshop we also discussed the results of the first two papers of our PhD candidates and the research designs for their third fieldwork. For more information, please visit our MUNPOP website.
Laura Kurth, a PhD Researcher at ICIS, was interviewed for a documentary on Halal food that was broadcasted by Dutch TV on the 28th of June 2015. The European market for halal food is growing, but complex and globalized production chains make it difficult for Muslims to determine whether their food is halal-worthy. Certification bodies create standards and try to govern the production processes.
The documentary questioned ‘hoe halal is halal?’ (only in Dutch).
The studium Generale presentation: Building a Better World – A Choice of Sustainability Projects at ICIS, will give a taste of the research done in the field of sustainability at ICIS of Maastricht University.
Tuesday 14 April, 8 pm, Auditorium Minderbroedersberg 4-6
Sustanimalism: The (Un)Sustainability of Human-Animal Interactions – Prof. dr. Pim Martens
Our well-being is closely connected with that of animals. In this presentation, human-animal relationships will be linked to tools from sustainability science and some examples will be discussed (biodiversity, zoos).
City Labs and (Sustainable) Urban Development – Tim van Wanrooij
Cities face economic, social and environmental challenges. New forms of governance are called for, like urban labs. This presentation explains how guidelines are being developed to organize urban labs.
The comeback of the Electric Vehicle? – Dr. Marc Dijk
Already in the late 19th century electric automobiles were built. This presentation compares the introduction of EV’s in the late 19thcentury with today and discusses the chances for a successful revenge.
Do Indonesian Smallholders Benefit from Coffee Certification? – Dr. Astrid Offermans
A joint research program between the University of Lampung and Maastricht analyzes social and economic effects of global certifying partnerships. Is it still advisable to purchase certified coffee or not?
Free entrance. For more information on the presentations, see the Facebook page or Studium Generale website.
From 11-13 March 2015, René Kemp, Ron Cörvers, Joop de Kraker en Christian Scholl from the ICIS Institute participated in the second project meeting of the European Urb@Exp research project. Urb@Exp is funded by the Joint Programme Initiative Urban Europe and brings together four academic institutes, one consultancy and five city partners to learn from the governance experiments of urban labs in Maastricht, Malmö, Graz, Leoben and Antwerp.
As part of this project metting, 25 representatives of the different partners visited several experimental projects in Malmö, inlcuding STPLN, a vibrant makers-space in the former port area. The city exchange day was followed by an interactive day of workshops structuring the coming action research in the five cities. First results of the research on the experiences of existing urban labs will soon be made available on the website of Urb@Exp.