FASoS researchers receive prestigious Vidi grant2 July 2012
The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) has awarded two Vidi grants to Raf de Bont and Thomas Conzelmann.
The Vidi grant is targeted at outstanding researchers who have already gained several years of research experience. Both researchers will receive a grant up to a maximum of € 800,000 which allows them to develop an innovative line of research and appoint two or three PhD candidates for this purpose.
The Vidi project of Raf de Bont is called ‘Nature’s Diplomats’. It researches the role ecologists have played in international nature protection – from the 1930s up until today. The project will, more specifically, research how ecological experts negotiated between engaged activism and scientific disinterestedness, and between local knowledge production and international policy-making.
The Vidi project of Thomas Conzelmann is called “The authority of peer reviews among states”. It researches the conditions under which the recommendations that states make to each other through peer reviews develop authority despite the lack of incentives or enforcement mechanisms. The project will look at three different international organizations (EU; OECD; United Nations family) and three policy areas (the fight against corruption; environmental policy; economic policies).
Dr. Raf de Bont is lecturer at the History Department and a member of the Science & Technology Studies and Society research programme.
Dr. Thomas Conzelmann is associate professor at the Political Science Department and a member of the Politics and Culture in Europe research programme.