Research institutes

FASoS Research Institute

Moving boundaries, bridging disciplines

The research institute of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASoS) at Maastricht University studies societies and cultures as they unfolded during the modern and contemporary era in a radically interdisciplinary manner. We analyse the interrelationships of Europeanisation, globalisation, scientific and technological development, political change and cultural innovation. We are interested in how today’s societies cope with and reflect these challenges in various ways. These could be artistic practices and practices of remembrance as well as specific forms of governance and political integration as well as strategies for managing knowledge, technologies and risks. While our research starts from today’s problems, we have a strong interest in how the modern world came to be.


To nurture and maintain this kind of innovative, interdisciplinary research, the research institute of FASoS has created a matrix organisational structure. Its backbone are four distinct research programmes, each of which is composed by an interdisciplinary team of researchers. While the research programmes form the core of the research activities at FASoS, the faculty also has five centres as specific research hubs and to facilitate interaction with external academic partners and societal stakeholders. Together, the research programmes and the research centres provide a framework that facilitates flexibility, networking, and mobility beyond disciplinary boundaries.


  • Yf Reykers

    Ad hoc crisis responses: a curse for international organisations?

    Tuesday, September 14, 2021

    Yf Reykers, Assistant Professor in International Relations at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, has received a 1.2 million euro grant from the Norwegian Research Council to study the impact of ad hoc crisis responses on international organisations.

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  • Willemine Willems

    Fair healthcare in primary care plus centres in Maastricht

    Thursday, September 9, 2021

    Willemine Willems, PhD candidate at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, will defend her dissertation 'Connected at the joints; Calibrating knowledge, morals and health care' on 10 September. In her dissertation, Willemine researches the fairness of a new type of healthcare: primary care plus.

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  • Katleen Gabriels awarded Edmond Hustinx prize 2021

    Wednesday, September 8, 2021

    Dr. Katleen Gabriels was awarded the Edmond Hustinx prize for Science 2021 during the Opening of the Academic Year.

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  • Ernst Homburg

    Ernst Homburg wins Morris Award 2021

    Monday, June 28, 2021

    Emeritus professor Ernst Homburg has won the SHAC award for his outstanding work on the history of the chemical industry.

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  • Adam Dixon and Imogen Liu

    Chinese Sovereign Wealth Funds: geopolitical tools or commercial means?

    Friday, April 30, 2021

    Adam Dixon and Imogen Liu are both involved in the ERC funded project ‘Legitimacy, Financialization, and Varieties of Capitalism: Understanding Sovereign Wealth Funds in Europe’ (SWFsEUROPE). This project focuses on explaining how Sovereign Wealth Funds (SWFs) are made legitimate as state actors in the economy and financial markets and how state capital is reshaping the political economy of global development.

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    FASoS researchers recognised for science communication activities

    Monday, April 19, 2021

    The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences has been successful in the KNAW pilot fund ‘Science communication by scientists: Appreciated!

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