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Staff update: What’s the LUC staff been up to?

The LUC academic staff are involved in many projects because next to their teaching, they are also doing academic research within their fields of expertise. What follows is a short update of some of the special achievements of our staff.

Africa-specialist Dr. David Ehrhardt has received funding from the Gerda Henkel Stiftung for a two-year research project called “Anachronisms in conflict: explaining resolution capabilities of traditional authorities in urban Nigeria”. He also received the LUCIS Seed and Breed funds for the organization of workshops to develop collaborations on the theme of public service delivery in hybrid governance. In addition, he has received funds for a research leave from the Africa Study Centre at Leiden University.

Meanwhile, Dr. Beatrix Futak‐Campbell been awarded the NIAS‐KNAW fellowship for 2017/18 for a project titled: Reading and Narrating the Migration/Refugee Crisis. For this project she will be joined by Prof. Karin Fierke (University of St. Andrews) and Dr. Roxane Farmanfarmaian (University of Cambridge) at NIAS‐KNAW in the fall of 2017.

Dr. Jessica Kiefte will participate in a research project on food security and health in disadvantaged areas of the city of The Hague (“Voedselzekerheid in een ander daglicht”). The project is a cooperation with Leiden University Medical Center at Campus The Hague, and funded by the municipality of The Hague.

EU-specialist Dr. Joris Larik has been awarded a Fulbright Schuman grant to conduct research in the United States on his new project entitled “Forms of foreign policy collaboration in the unravelled Transatlantic space”. He will be hosted by the Center for Transatlantic Relations of the Johns Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Washington DC during the fall of 2017.

Dr. Dan Saxon will serve as a Senior Legal Advisor to the Specialist Prosecutor Office for Kosovo. Dr. Saxon will advise the Specialist Prosecutor Office on the investigation and prosecution of persons suspected of responsibility for war crimes and crimes against humanity that occurred in Kosovo during 1998 ‐ 2000.