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Municipality Amsterdam and NIAS select three scholars to study citizenship in Amsterdam

26 May 2020

Anouk de Koning, Nanke Verloo and Markha Valenta have been awarded the Urban Citizen Fellowship, a new initiative set up by the Municipality of Amsterdam and the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study to stimulate the use of advanced research for political deliberation and public policy making.

The three social scientists receive a fellowship to carry out research relevant to the city of Amsterdam. In 2020 the central topic is the democratization of local democracy, which focuses on how citizens can increase their say in the city’s development.

The Urban Citizen Fellows will become member of the international and interdisciplinary community of NIAS, the oldest independent Institute for Advanced Study in Europe. In the coming years, three more top scholars will be selected to carry out independent research; in 2021 on the topic of identity and in 2022 on the theme of citizenship. At the end of their fellowship, the scholars will formulate an advise that contributes to the development of citizenship in Amsterdam.

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Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences (NIAS)

The Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences (NIAS-KNAW) is an Academy research institute. It stimulates advanced research in the humanities and social sciences, international knowledge-sharing and research cooperation. NIAS offers talented researchers the opportunity to work on new insights in interdisciplinary and international teams, set up new partnerships, or seek solutions for the problems of society.

The Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study (NIAS-KNAW) is located in Amsterdam (Korte Spinhuissteeg 3, 1012 CG Amsterdam).

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