18 January 2021

Five SBE academics granted Elinor Ostrom grants


Carla Haelermans, Associate Professor

Areas of interest: education economics, labour economics and inequality

'I am using the grant (and co-funding from my department) to hire a (female) junior researcher for one day a week for nine months. I have great data from a randomised experiment that has been sitting and waiting for me for quite some time now, and I never get around to working on it properly. This grant kills two birds with one stone, as I will be able to finish this paper with the help of the junior researcher, and it will be a good start for her career to be working on such a great dataset and high potential paper.'

'Despite all the efforts being made, it is still harder for women to climb the academic ladder. The share of women in high positions (especially in economics faculties) is still low, and you need a network and a sponsor (someone who believes in you) to stand a fair chance. Men have this more often because people in leadership positions (often men) look for someone like themselves. It feels as though women need to be even better and work even harder than men to get similar recognition. Also, care duties are more often taken up by women. This includes at work, especially now during COVID-19; women tend to do more of the caring for students and colleagues and to take on extra tasks. Being able to get some extra support yourself, for example with these Elinor Ostrom grants, is a necessary helping hand that can compensate a bit for this.'


Ines Wilms, Assistant Professor

Areas of interest: statistical learning methods, flexible statistical methods and software for analyzing large and/or complex datasets for a wide variety of application domains including macro-economics, finance and marketing

'With this project, I will collaborate with a student assistant to increase the visibility of my research on big time series analysis. I hope to increase the impact of my work by bringing these methods to a larger community of researchers and practitioners.'

'I strongly appreciate the initiatives of the Elinor Ostrom Fund for opening up a dialogue to talk about diversity and for taking concrete actions to increase diversity by supporting female scholars at the start of their careers. By helping women stay in their academic trajectory, the Fund is helping to increase the presence of women in the upper ranks of our university. Furthermore, through the Fund's network, it is possible to get in touch with other female peers as well as female role models of SBE such that you can learn from their experiences!'


Sonja Fransen, Research Fellow

Areas of interest: (forced) migration and policy impacts on (forced) migrant populations

'I will use the Elinor Ostrom grant to hire a research assistant to work on data collected among Amsterdam residents (migrants and non-migrants) about the impact of COVID on their lives. This is a side project of the Migration Sustainability and Transformation (MISTY) project that looks at the interlinkages between migration and sustainability processes in cities.'


Katrin Marchand, Post-doctoral Researcher

Areas of interest: migration and development, specifically labour migration, migrants’ occupational choices and the interlinkages of migration and private sector development

'I will be using the Elinor Ostrom grant to conduct research on refugee entrepreneurship in Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands. My research will contribute to the field of refugee entrepreneurship by investigating how motivation, time of arrival and integration shape the business decision-making of refugees from Afghanistan and Syria and how this, in turn, impacts their personal development and integration.'

'I strongly believe that diversity is crucial in research and education alike. Initiatives like the Elinor Ostrom grant provide an avenue to ensure increased diversity by promoting female academics early in their careers.'


Julia Kensbock, Assistant Professor

Areas of interest: leadership, individuals' health and well-Being, team diversity, entrepreneurial behavior

'The Elinor Ostrom grant will enable me to focus intensively on a research project that particularly addresses how and under which conditions e-working – that is, working from home with the help of digital devices – might increase loneliness. The trend towards e-working has also been accelerated due to COVID-19, as employees across many industries had to work from home during the previous months. With our research, my co-authors and I aim to create new scholarly insights about loneliness at work and help companies to implement e-working in such ways that keep their employees healthy and happy in the long term. This will be important not only during the current pandemic but also beyond.

'Current research shows that the pandemic negatively affects the publication output of female academics. Grants like the Elinor Ostrom grant equip women with valuable resources, which is very helpful especially during sensitive periods of their early careers such as maternity.'

By: Alice Pan