Current PhD projects

At the moment, FASoS hosts around 65 PhD candidates. Some of these are part of a larger funded project while others carry out their own projects. Below you can find an overview of the large funded PhD projects - and the accompanying candidates within these projects - and individual PhD candidates.

EMBRACing changE - Overcoming Blockages and Advancing Democracy in the European Neighbourhood

Trustworthy AI for Media Lab (TAIM)

The TAIM lab brings together two of the strongest groups on personalisation and recommender systems in the Netherlands, the University of Amsterdam and the University of Maastricht, and a leading media organisation, RTL, to develop trustworthy and personalised media.

PhD candidate Project Supervisor
Daniella Pauly Jensen Researching diversity and bias in artificial intelligence  Prof. Sally Wyatt

ISPA: Integral Safe and Sustainable-by-Design Plasma Process for Acrylonitrile Production

The societal urge to turn to sustainable and circular modes of production and consumption brings huge challenges for the Dutch chemical industry. Currently, safety considerations as well as economies of scale dictate a landscape of large installations clustering at industrial sites. Products include fertilizers, plastics, and vaccine carrier proteins and are mostly fossil derived. A roadmap to guide the industry to sustainable and circular whilst also preserving economic viability and at least the existing level of safety does not yet exist as suitable technology is lacking. A potential solution for the common building block acrylonitrile is investigated in this work.

PhD candidate Project Supervisor
Talitha Wilmsen The feasibility of plasma chemistry as a more sustainable alternative to fossil fuels in the chemical industry Prof. Esther Versluis

NanoBubbles: how, when and why does science fail to correct itself?

Prof. Cyrus Mody received a Synergy Grant in 2020 for his project NanoBubbleS: how, when and why does science fail to correct itself?. The project investigates how, when and why science fails to correct itself.

PhD candidate Project Supervisory
Candida Sánchez Burmester Tracing claims in nanobiology: scientific practices and interactions at conferences and laboratories Prof. Cyrus Mody


NanoBubbles website

A coalition of hawks and doves? Explaining military receptiveness to civil society calls for transparency around the use of force

The Hawks and Doves project examines military receptiveness to NGO calls for transparency in Western European countries. It aims to understand the conditions under which military officials are willing to cooperate with civil society to improve transparency around the use of military force and its consequences.

The project is lead by Dr. Yf Reykers and Dr. Francesca Colli.

The project is funded by the Gerda Henkel Foundation’s special programme on Security, Society and the State.

PhD candidate Project Supervisor
Daphné Charotte A coalition of hawks and doves? Explaining military receptiveness to civil society calls for transparency around the use of force Dr. Giselle Bosse
Hawks and doves

Care matters: making and valuing home in a mobile world

Dr. Lauren Wagner received a NWO Aspasia Grant for the project Care matters: making and valuing home in a mobile world. Care matters explores how the labour of caring for a home is changing along with increasingly mobile and partial practices of dwelling. 

PhD candidate Project Supervisor
Joma Ronden Care matters but who cares: The case of remittance houses in Ghana

Dr. Lauren Wagner


Care matters website
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Managing Scarcity and Sustainability: The Oil Industry, Environmentalism, and Alternative Energy in the Age of Scarcity

Managing Scarcity and Sustainability: The Oil Industry, Environmentalism, and Alternative Energy in the Age of Scarcity is a five year research project led by Prof. Cyrus Mody.

This Vici project, funded by NWO, uses the case of oil in the 1970s to understand why companies adopt or reject alternative energy and conservation, and uses that understanding to facilitate an energy transition.

PhD candidate Project Supervisor
Michiel Bron The involvement of oil companies in the development of nuclear energy in the age of scarcity, focussing on the 1970s Prof. Cyrus Mody
Jelena Stankovic Understanding the complex relationship of oil firms and solar; internal and external drivers Prof. Cyrus Mody
Managing scarcity

Moving animals: A History of Science, Media and Policy in the Twentieth Century

Moving animals: A History of Science, Media and Policy in the Twentieth Century is a five-year research project led by Prof. Raf de Bont.

The project – sponsored by an NWO Vici grant – studies changing human-nature relations by focusing on human involvement with ‘wild’ animals that move (or are being moved) over great distances. 

PhD candidate Project Supervisor
Vincent Bijman Invasive species. The science, management and representation of animal introductions in the context of the 20th century Prof. Raf de Bont
Monica Vasile Reintroducing endangered species: human-animal histories in the 20th century Prof. Raf de Bont


Moving Animals website
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PURE3D is a three-year project funded by the PDI-SSH (Platform Digitale Infrastructuur–Social Sciences and Humanities) with a mission to advance the virtual research environment through the development of an access infrastructure for viewing interactive Digital Heritage and Digital Humanities 3D content online. It is led by Prof. Susan Schreibman and Dr. Costas Papadopoulos.

PhD candidate Project Supervisor
Kelly Gillikin-Schoueri 3D Web Infrastructures and the Future of Sustainable 3D Scholarly Research Prof. Susan Schreibman


PURE3D website
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Deliberation Laboratory (DeLab)

Deliberation Laboratory (DeLab) is a four-year research project led by Prof. John Parkinson and colleagues at the University of Göttingen.

With Deliberation Laboratory (DeLab), we develop a transformative online testing environment that allows us to explain the nature, causes, and consequences of citizens’ perceptions in deliberative public, online dialogue across languages. 

PhD candidate Project Supervisor
Maud Oostindie Escalation and de-escalation in online deliberation Prof. John Parkinson


DeLab website
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The Critical Visitor: Intersectional Approaches for Rethinking & Retooling Accessibility and Inclusivity in Heritage Spaces

The Critical Visitor: Intersectional Approaches for Rethinking & Retooling Accessibility and Inclusivity in Heritage Spaces is a five-year project led by Dr. Eliza Steinbock

The aim of the project is to enable cultural institutions to implement daily working practices (selection, collection, preservation, display, interaction) that alleviate structures of exclusion. 

PhD candidate Project Supervisor
Liang-Kai Yu Queering the Museum: Contemporary Artists and Curators as Critical Visitors and Their Creative Interventions Dr. Eliza Steinbock
Noah Littel Founding an Inclusive Space: Legacies of Alternative Archiving Practices in the Netherlands, Germany and the United Kingdom Dr. Eliza Steinbock

Image created by Noah Littel

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LIMES: The Hardening and Softening of Borders

LIMES, the Latin word for border, is a doctoral programme for 13 talented PhD candidates in the domain of the humanities and social sciences, centred on the theme of ‘The Hardening and Softening of Borders: Europe in a Globalising World’. It has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie (grant agreement No 847596).

LIMES is led by the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASoS), thereby working closely with University College Maastricht (UCM), the School of Business and Economics (SBE), and the Faculty of Law (FL). 6 out of 13 PhD candidates are employed by FASoS.

PhD candidate Project Supervisor

Sara Atwater

From Boarders to Borders: Constructing Women's Roles in Post-Industrial Mining Communities in the German Ruhr Area and the Former Mining Regions of Dutch Limburg Prof. Leonie Cornips
Maha Naami Youth Mobilities of Unaccompanied Minors in Border Regions Prof. Valentina Mazzucato
Judith van Puyvelde

The ‘Atelier Glasschilderkunst F. Nicolas en Zonen’ in Roermond (NL) (1855-1968) and the Revival of Stained-Glass Production in Western Europe in the 19th and 20th Century

Dr. Nico Randeraad
Marie Rickert

Language socialisation in day-cares at the German-Dutch border: Multi- and/or monolingual language practices

Prof. Leonie Cornips
Cecilia Schenetti

Soft EU borders in Africa. How migration campaigns and social media affect young Senegalese men’s migratrion aspirations and sense of social justice.

Prof. Valentina Mazzucato
Akudo McGee Hardening and Softening of Borders in European Integration Enlargement Prof. Mathieu Segers


LIMES website
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Making Clinical Sense

Making Clinical Sense describes, analyses, rethinks and redesigns the material conditions of learning sensory, bodily skills. By attending to the everyday material practices of training doctors (such as the use of physical models, blackboard drawing, making and watching video, searching online images and peer-to-peer learning) across place and over time, the research team offers unique insights into how the way people learn connects with what they learn. Making Clinical Sense has received funding from the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (grant agreement No 678390).

PhD candidate Project Supervisor
Andrea Wojcik

The co-production of bodies and pedagogical technologies in medical education. An ethnography of skills training at a Ghanaian medical school

Prof. Harro van Lente
Rachel Allison

Crafting bodies: An anthropological exploration of the entanglement of technology and the senses in 21st century medical education

Prof. Sally Wyatt


Making Clinical Sense website
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The Scientific Conference: A Social, Cultural, and Political History

The Scientific Conference: A Social, Cultural, and Political History is a three-year research project funded by HERA (Humanities in the European Research Area) led by Dr. Geert Somsen.

PhD candidate Project Supervisor
Georgiana Kotsou Convention Conventions. Routines and Rituals in International Scientific Conferences, past and present Prof. Cyrus Mody
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Individual research projects

Below you can find a list of PhD candidates that conduct their projects individually, outside a larger project.

PhD candidate




Vasiliki Belia Redrawing feminism: graphic narrative engagements with the feminist past Prof. Emilie Sitzia
Xing Fang The United Nations Cybersecurity Governance. Towards Fair Global Rules? Prof. Thomas Conzelmann
Angus Foster The Europe problem – collective memory of Europe in Britain’s national referendums Prof. Mathieu Segers

Iona Goldie-Scot

Audience Participation in Performance-based Art

Prof. Renee van de Vall
Antye Guenther Unfolding 3D-Rendered Neuroimaginaries — A Trans*Feminist Artistic Investigation Prof. Harro van Lente
Yan Jia

Beyond Clothing: Style, Identities and Practices

Prof. Leonie Cornips
Hanna de Korte The Landscapes of Colonial Healthcare in Congo. An Environmental History of Medicine and Disease (1900-1960) Prof. Raf de Bont
Pieter du Plessis Belonging and Unbelonging in Amsterdam’s Het Zuid-Afrikahuis: A Decolonial Study of Dutch Whiteness in relation to Afrikaner whiteness Dr. Eliza Steinbock
Jiaqi Liang A Study of the Impact of Dark Heritage Sites on the Well-being of Local Communities: A Transnational Research with Dark Heritage Sites as Case Studies

Dr. Aline Sierp

Dirk van de Leemput Precarity in the social-material networks of time-based media works of art Prof. Harro van Lente
Joe Litobarski The History of Public Cybernetics Dr. Jacob Ward
Tsai-ying Lu Reassembling Renewables from the Margin: Taiwan’s Experience of Offshore Wind Farms in the Energy Transition. The technology and knowledge transfer of offshore wind energy in the peripheral-central paradigm regarding Taiwan's distinctive position in global networks.

Prof. Cyrus Mody

Afra de Mars A Mining Landscape without Borders. The Domaniale Mijn (Kerkrade) and its Surrounding Environment and Communities, ca. 1700 – present Prof. Nico Randeraad
Niklas Mayer Development Cooperation and Climate Change-Related Migration: The EU-Approach in the Horn of Africa Dr. Giselle Bosse
Artemis Rüstau Private Collections as Care-takers Prof. Renee van de Vall
Eline Schmeets The European integration process, there where it ‘hits the ground’, and theories, policies, subsidies, and good intentions, meet with the lived reality of the everyday Prof. Mathieu Segers
Félix Streicher The Forgotten Occupation: Politics, Everyday Life and Gender in the Luxembourgish Occupation Zone in Germany (1945-55) Prof. Mathieu Segers
Karlien Strijbosch Challenging masculinities: The institution of marriage for young Senegalese migrant men under conditions of involuntary return to Senegal Prof. Valentina Mazzucato
Joey Tang

Gender Inequality and Big Data: Measuring Gender Inequality in the Workplace using Register and Big Open Data and its Effect on Corporate Financial Performance and Employees’ Personal Well-Being

Hans Schmeets
Luca Vanello Caring with matter: Towards new artistic forms of togetherness Prof. Aagje Swinnen
Yiming Wang Fandom and Participatory Censorship: Boys’ Love Fiction and Globalised Fan activities across The Great Firewall of China Prof. Emilie Sitzia
Zhanwei Wang Institutional Design of China-Led International Organizations Prof. Hylke Dijkstra
Yabo Wu The firm as a development actor: the case of Chinese businesses  Dr. Adam Dixon
Manling Yang

A comparative study of the EU’s and China’s development assistance to Africa, especially how their assistance policies differ associated with their domestic development

Prof. Thomas Christiansen

Part-time PhD candidates in European Studies, campus Brussels

At our Brussels campus, you can pursue a PhD alongside your work. Below you can find a list of names of people who participate in this scheme, and their research projects.

PhD candidate



Albi Alla

The privatisation of diplomacy: The effectiveness of lobbying firms in the making of EU foreign policy

Prof. Sophie Vanhoonacker

Aniek Berendsen-Marissink

Reweighing the Re-balance. The Effect of External Political Discourse on European Defence Policy Development: the American Re-balance

Prof. Sophie Vanhoonacker

Mike Bostan

Electricity pricing in Europe and the influence of state policies

Prof. Thomas Christiansen
Samuele Crosetti Bank resolution regimes and financial stability: recent evolution, public actors and future challenges Prof. Esther Versluis
Błażej Duber Loosing but winning? National opposition parties in the European Parliament and their influence over the European Parliament’s policy-making Dr. Christine Arnold
Ekaterina Georgieva

The recurrent disputes in the area of the external competence of the European Union through the lenses of the new intergovernmentalism

Prof. Sophie Vanhoonacker
Tomasz Jerzyniak Energy Power Europe. Can the EU lead the global clean energy transition? Dr. Anna Herranz Surrallés

Ewa Mahr

Contestation of EU civilian missions by local actors: The case of the Western Balkans

Prof. Sophie Vanhoonacker
Ann-Kristin Matthé Internationalisation Strategies in higher education – perceptions and practices. Examining how higher education institutions conceptualise internationalisation and which factors influence the implementation of internationalisation strategies in Germany and the Netherlands Dr. Patrick Bijsmans

Anastasia Mitronatsiou

The European Parliament"s evolving role in EU external relations Formal and informal tools used as lever to increase its powers

Prof. Sophie Vanhoonacker
Kian Navid UCITS Directive and AIFMD - an unlevel playing field? An examination of the consistency and coherence of the EU Single Rulebook with respect to Investment Management Regulation Prof. Esther Versluis
Susanne Reither

EU mission-oriented policies for the transition to sustainable development and the nexus between public investment and private sustainable finance

Dr. Aneta Spendzharova
Teresa Vázquez López Winning from crises? An examination of the rise of the European Commission as a political entrepreneur and its dialogue with the pharmaceutical industry during the last two health crises Prof. Esther Versluis
Daniel Wennick Paradigm shifts in EU's climate policy 2005-2018 – a comparative historical institutional analysis of phase 1-4 of the EU ETS Prof. Thomas Christiansen