GSX

Our second graduate school GSX was created in September 2019, at the moment that the Maastricht Sustainability Institute (MSI) and Maastricht Graduate School of Governance (MGSoG) joined the School of Business and Economics. It serves as a home for research on topics of strong societal interest.

Research at GSX is to a great extent carried out within three institutes:

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“An outstanding contribution to society – world leading!"

Drawing on a mix of data, interviews and narrative accounts, the committee of four Dutch and German professors presented their independent assessment in March 2017.

'An outstanding contribution to society – world leading!', is a verdict by an independent review committee on the work carried out by GSX institutes UNU-MERIT and MSI at Maastricht University, for the period 2010-2015.

News

  • LIJN50

    LIJN-50 regional foresight study

    Monday, May 31, 2021

    The new Dutch Environment and Planning Act (‘Omgevingswet’) aims for more integrated policy to be developed in a participatory way. To support the so-called LIJN-50 municipalities Vaals, Gulpen-Wittem and Eijsden-Margraten in South Limburg, the Netherlands, the Maastricht Sustainability Institute and Pantopicon (a foresight and design studio in Antwerp) explored the potential of the region towards 2050 by means of a foresight study.

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  • New research maps out how parks, lakes, trees and other urban green spaces boost physical activity and overall human wellbeing in cities. (Image by Jacob Lund)

    UM Researchers help map how people in cities get a health boost from nature

    Monday, May 10, 2021

    Trees lining a street may encourage people to take a longer stroll or choose to bike to work. New research shows how access to natural areas in cities can improve human health by supporting physical activity. The researchers plan to equip city planners with tools to create healthier, more sustainable cities around the world.

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    VerDus-Synthesis Study: Urban Sustainability Transitions: Energy, Climate, & Circularity

    Tuesday, March 23, 2021

    How do we involve citizens in the sustainability transition? When do they start participating? What solutions could reliably count on wide public support and how do we find these? What implications could such an approach have for governmental practices? What barriers do sustainable solutions encounter at the institutional level and how could these be overcome?

    By synthesizing the results of twelve different research projects, Joop de Kraker and René Kemp (Maastricht Sustainability Institute) try to provide answers to questions like these.

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    Melissa Siegel: Creating impact, one YouTube video at a time

    Friday, March 19, 2021

    As we move forward to address global challenges, facts and scientific research need to feed community knowledge and play an important role in public decision-making. For this, effective research communication is key! For this article, we spoke about this topic with Professor Melissa Siegel, who is an expert in migration and an avid communicator herself. 

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    SBE launches three spearhead initiatives to tackle the Sustainable Development Goals

    Monday, March 8, 2021

    As a faculty committed to having a positive impact on the world, SBE believes one of its main responsibilities is to rise to the occasion, contributing its resources and expertise toward solving  critical challenges faced by our global community. To help achieve its mission, SBE recently launched three Spearhead initiatives focused on themes that are integral to the SDGs: sustainable development, digitalisation, and globalisation.

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  • Urban Hotspotter

    On the move with the Urban Hotspotter measurement bike

    Thursday, January 21, 2021

    You may have seen him passing by on the Groene Loper 9a greenway in Maastricht)—researcher Bram Oosterbroek on his Urban Hotspotter measurement bike. It is certainly eye-catching, with measuring instruments on the back and a laptop in a basket on the handlebar. 'I study the health effects of spatial planning', he says. He is happy to explain more. 

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    Five SBE academics granted Elinor Ostrom grants

    Monday, January 18, 2021

    Research has shown that women are more heavily impacted by the corona crisis than men. In a timely response to this challenging reality, the Elinor Ostrom Fund five grants to female academics as part of its semi-annual grants programme. We reached out to the most recent grant winners to learn more about how they will be using the grants, as well as their views regarding how initiatives such as the Elinor Ostrom Fund can help to increase gender equality in academia.

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    How businesses can help build a more sustainable world – Nancy Bocken

    Friday, January 15, 2021

    To tackle urgent planetary challenges such as resource depletion and climate change, we need to fundamentally rethink the way we do business. As part of her research, Professor Nancy Bocken explores how companies might experiment with new sustainable business models, contributing to a more sustainable world.

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  • Nepal

    'Thanks to my research, I'm finally empowered to speak out against menstrual stigmatisation'

    Tuesday, November 24, 2020

    Thanks to her research, Master's student in Public Policy and Human Development Riesa van Doorn has felt empowered to speak out against menstrual stigmatisation in Nepal. In this blog post, Riesa shares her own experience, tying this to her research for her master's thesis, which focuses on shifting perceptions towards harmful menstrual practices in Nepal. 

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  • remembering 75 years of the United Nations

    A conversation about 75 years of UN

    Monday, October 26, 2020

    On Tuesday 20 October, Bartel Van de Walle, new director of UNU-MERIT met with Limburg governor Theo Bovens, ahead of UN Day on 24 October 2020. The two leaders discussed the state of the province and the planet, how to ensure young people are listened to and empowered, and how UNU-MERIT's staff and fellows are ambassadors for the UN. 

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  • Entrepreneurship Research at SBE

    How research on entrepreneurship can drive positive change

    Thursday, July 2, 2020

    Over the past few weeks, we have heard inspiring stories from both current SBE students and alumni about their entrepreneurial journeys as well as some really helpful tips and tricks on how to start something ourselves. This time, we turn the spotlight to those dedicating their work to creating new knowledge and understanding in the field of entrepreneurship: our researchers.

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    Sustainable Entertainment – Corona edition

    Friday, May 8, 2020

    In case you already binge-watched all your favourite sitcoms on Netflix and are bored of playing Trivia on Houseparty with your friends – why not get more into Sustainability? In this article, our fellow Sustainability Science, Policy and Society students prepared a little list of awesome podcasts, articles and movies dealing with different aspects of sustainability.

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    Humanity as an integral part of Sustainability

    Wednesday, April 22, 2020

    'Recovering ecosystems due to an economic crisis will not solve the problem of global warming if we return to do “business as usual” after the pandemic fades. Instead, we should work on improving our economic system in a way that it reduces its reliance of the depletion of natural resources and an ever-increasing economic growth.’ 

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    CIRCULAR X: new EU-funded project on Circular Service Business Models

    Tuesday, April 21, 2020

    Lead by Professor Nancy Bocken, CIRCULAR X will develop a new field of research on experimentation with circular service business models (CSBMs) in the transition to a circular economy.

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    Gender equality in academia: creating an environment where all talent can flourish

    Monday, March 9, 2020

    In the lead up to International Women’s Day on Sunday 8 March, we spoke with several SBE academics to explore some of the reasons behind the striking gender imbalance in academia and to find out what the SBE community is doing to address the situation.   

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    Urban greenspace as motor for exercising, meeting and relaxing

    Wednesday, February 12, 2020

    Last year, the Maastricht Sustainability Institute joined forces with the public health service (GGD) of Zuid Limburg to investigate the influence of 'green in the neighborhood' on the health of residents in Maastricht.

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    Subsidy awarded to 'RuimteGIDS': towards an environment that stimulates healthy behavior

    Tuesday, January 14, 2020

    ZonMw has awarded a four-tonne subsidy to the South Limburg consortium "Making space for health in the city" (RuimteGIDS).

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    UM academics react to the Nobel Prize in economics

    Tuesday, October 15, 2019

    This week, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences awarded the Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel 2019 to Abhijit Banerjee (MIT), Esther Duflo (MIT) and Michael Kremer (Harvard) for their work to alleviate poverty. The news of the prize was received with great enthusiasm here in Maastricht. We spoke to several academics with expertise in the field of development economics to hear their initial thoughts.

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