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Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences

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Results: 1 - 50 of 808
  • woman wears vr headset and is in shock
    Virtual reality: a front-row seat to the impact of (un)sustainable behaviour
    15 Oct 2021
    Witness first-hand how your mountain of waste plastic expands over the years and what impact your food has on the rainforests. Virtual reality gives you a front-row seat to the impact of unsustainable behaviour. ...
  • man sticks his head in the sand
    How to explain denial of climate change and how to deal with this?
    14 Oct 2021
    The scientific evidence that human behaviour leads to climate change is overwhelming. Yet, there is still a small group of people who do not believe climate change is real or bad for us. How to explain this denial of ...
  • Isaac Roet Prize 2021 awarded to project empowering adolescents in local communities
    13 Oct 2021
    The Isaac Roet Prize is awarded annually by the Amsterdam University Fund and the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences to a student or researcher whose project promotes the beliefs of Isaac Roet. These beliefs ...
  • Festive diploma ceremonies for online PhDs
    12 Oct 2021
    Festive diploma ceremonies have been held on five consecutive Saturdays for those PhDs who were required to hold their defences online due to corona restrictions. More than 100 PhD graduates received their doctoral ...
  • group of small figures standing on a mobile phone, shouting and with their fists in the air
    New computational model suggests the existence of polarization tipping-points
    12 Oct 2021
    Politics around the world has in recent decades entered an era of political polarization, in which politics appears like a struggle between warring tribes. An interdisciplinary team of sociologists and physicists ...
  • skyline of city, you see a lot of water and building
    Urban densification processes put increasing pressure on urban greenspaces
    11 Oct 2021
    Through analysis of satellite imagery, researchers of the University of Amsterdam found a substantial loss of green space in the cities of Amsterdam and Brussels, 15.7% per capita in Amsterdam and 26.5% in Brussels. ...
  • A new framework for protecting mental health in cities
    8 Oct 2021
    People who live in cities face many challenges that threaten their mental health. In countries in which relatively higher numbers of people live in cities, depression, anxiety and addiction are generally more common. ...
  • Christian Burgers
    Christian Burgers appointed Professor of Communication and Organisations
    7 Oct 2021
    Christian Burgers has been appointed Professor of Communication and Organisations for the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences at the University of Amsterdam (UvA). How would he describe his chair? What is its ...
  • figuire of a head caught in a network
    A method to better understand complex behaviour
    7 Oct 2021
    The Covid-19 pandemic showed how difficult it can be to change people's behaviour. Indeed, there is an increasing awareness stemming from psychology that our behaviour is determined by a complex interplay of ...
  • Six UvA researchers NWO receive Rubicon grants
    4 Oct 2021
    Six UvA and Amsterdam UMC (location AMC) researchers who recently received their doctorates have been given Rubicon grants from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). This allows them to conduct ...
  • Construction transport for new University Library now by water
    28 Sep 2021
    A sustainable and innovative form of transport is being introduced for the last construction phase of the new University Library (UB) in the University Quarter. From today until the end of the project in 2023, almost ...
  • woman recycling plastic
    Why a fundamental problem of climate change is psychological
    28 Sep 2021
    Do we feel an urgency, do we think our actions matter, are we willing to accept sustainable alternatives? Social psychologists Cameron Brick, Frenk van Harreveld and Maria Zwicker study our behaviour in reaction to ...
  • Icon of climate goal 13
    Why sustainability and justice should go hand-in-hand
    27 Sep 2021
    Those hit hardest by the climate crisis are often those least at fault, and those with the fewest resources to cope. This is the bitter injustice for which professor Joyeeta Gupta wishes to raise awareness. Her work ...
  • Fenella Fleischmann (photo: Kirsten van Santen)
    Fenella Fleischmann appointed professor of Sociology
    23 Sep 2021
    Dr Fenella Fleischmann has been appointed professor of Sociology at the University of Amsterdam’s (UvA) Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences.
  • Green project at the trainstation Sloterdijk in Amsterdam
    Greening our cities
    20 Sep 2021
    ‘It has to happen in the city. This is where a relatively large number of people feel the effects of climate warming and where greening has a potentially large impact.’ That’s the view of urban planner Mendel Giezen ...
  • a man carries his child on his back in the midst of chaos
    When the village gets bombed
    16 Sep 2021
    Worldwide millions of parents and their children live in warzones or have fled their homes to look for safety elsewhere. How can parents raise their children when they have lost the resources they need to manage the ...
  • young person is binge drinking
    Risk exposure explaining age differences in risk-taking
    14 Sep 2021
    Laboratory and real world observations of risk-taking behaviour among children and adolescents show conflicting results. In the real world adolescents take more risks than children, but in lab settings they engage in ...
  • The opening in the Aula
    Can we make a difference for Generation Alpha?
    8 Sep 2021
    ‘We’re opening a new academic year that once again provides more space for students and staff, more room for face-to-face teaching. I warmly welcome you to this new beginning,' said president of the Executive Board ...
  • Virág Molnár appointed professor of Sociology, in particular Cultural Sociology
    3 Sep 2021
    Dr Virág Molnár has been appointed Sociology, in particular Cultural Sociology at the Faculty of Social and Behavourial Sciences at the University of Amsterdam (UvA).
  • Helma Koomen (photo: Kirsten van Santen)
    Helma Koomen appointed Professor of Professional Pedagogical Relationships
    2 Sep 2021
    Dr Helma Koomen has been appointed professor of Professional Pedagogical Relationships, the Kohnstamm Chair, at the University of Amsterdam’s Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences.
  • UvA in 65th place in Times Higher Education World University Rankings
    2 Sep 2021
    The University of Amsterdam has risen one place from last year in the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings and now occupies 65th place worldwide. This makes the UvA the second highest ranked Dutch ...
  • New Roeterseiland health centre offers care for body and mind
    31 Aug 2021
    The UvA’s GP practice will be officially opening a new health centre on the Roeterseiland campus on 1 September. The centre will house branches of the UvA general practitioners office, Studentist dental practice, ...
  • Mayke Kaag (photo: Kirsten van Santen)
    Mayke Kaag named professor by special appointment of the Anthropology of Islam in Africa and its Diaspora
    27 Aug 2021
    Dr Mayke Kaag has been named professor by special appointment of the Anthropology of Islam in Africa and its Diaspora at the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences of the University of Amsterdam (UvA). The chair ...
  • Study visit delegates from the U.S. observing a busy intersection during a guided bike tour. Utrecht, The Netherlands
    Cycling cities: how can cities build capacity to reshape urban transport
    27 Aug 2021
    Cities all over the world increasingly position bicycling as a key ingredient to achieve sustainable mobility goals, yet grapple with finding the right way how. Visiting ‘best practice’ places with high rates of ...
  • Mindfulness training reduces chance of unnecessary caesareans
    15 Jul 2021
    A short, group-based mindfulness training for pregnant women and their partners reduces the chance of a medically unnecessary caesarean birth by 50% and doubles the chance of a natural birth. This is the conclusion ...
  • NWO-Vidi grants worth €800,000 for 13 UvA researchers
    14 Jul 2021
    The Dutch Research Council (NWO) has awarded Vidi grants worth €800,000 each to 13 experienced researchers from the UvA and the Amsterdam UMC, location AMC. The grants will enable them to develop their own innovative ...
  • AI, Media & Democracy Lab receives ELSA Lab status
    12 Jul 2021
    The Dutch AI Coalition (NL AIC) has awarded the NL AIC Label to the AI, Media & Democracy Lab, a collaboration between the UvA, HvA, CWI, media partners, social partners and the municipality of Amsterdam. The Label ...
  • Amsterdam council approves plan for University Quarter
    9 Jul 2021
    The Amsterdam municipal council has approved the UvA’s plans for the renovation of the University Quarter. Over the next ten years, the UvA will be restoring and preserving its monumental buildings on and around the ...
  • How much intelligence is there in Artificial Intelligence?
    9 Jul 2021
    AI can often process more information than humans, but that doesn’t extend to our ability to reason by analogy. This form of reasoning is considered the greatest strength of human intelligence. While humans can think ...
  • Cyber-attack evaluation: crisis organisation worked well
    7 Jul 2021
    In February, AUAS and UvA were hit by a serious cyber-attack. Both institutions successfully repelled the attack, and were able to declare the situation ‘under control’ on 10 March. In order to learn from this event, ...
  • The impact of COVID-19 on public support for the European Union
    6 Jul 2021
    The Volkswagen Stiftung awards 1.5 million euro to project that studies how the COVID-19 pandemic affects Eurosceptic attitudes, solidarity with fellow Europeans and the electoral performance of Eurosceptic parties.
  • Dikran Kassabian appointed as student assessor UvA
    6 Jul 2021
    Political science student Dikran Kassabian has been appointed as student assessor of the University of Amsterdam by the Executive Board. Kassabian is the successor of Rijk van Beek and will start on September 1st for ...
  • Frank Huysmans reappointed as professor by special appointment of Information Society
    6 Jul 2021
    Frank Huysmans has been reappointed as professor by special appointment of Information Society, with special regard to the transformation of public libraries. The chair is endowed by National Library of the ...
  • Flanders and the Netherlands join EDMO project in the fight against disinformation
    5 Jul 2021
    The European Commission recognises the relevance of the fight against disinformation and has therefore allocated two million euros to the Flemish-Dutch EDMO project. Within this project, a multidisciplinary hub will ...
  • mother is helping her daughter with home schooling
    Helping with schoolwork: when do parents feel capable of doing this?
    2 Jul 2021
    Due to the coronavirus pandemic, many parents suddenly had to support their children with schoolwork on a daily basis. This was not always easy. How do you effectively provide instruction and keep your child focused? ...
  • two hands are holding a digitally illustrated network
    The UvA launches new Bachelor's programme in Computational Social Science
    2 Jul 2021
    The University of Amsterdam has been given the go-ahead for the new Bachelor's programme in Computational Social Science. In this programme, students will learn to develop sustainable digital interventions that ...
  • Huub Dijstelbloem (photo: Kirsten van Santen)
    Huub Dijstelbloem named new director of Institute for Advanced Study
    30 Jun 2021
    Huub Dijstelbloem, professor of Philosophy of Science, Technology and Politics, will be the new scientific director of the UvA's Institute for Advanced Study (IAS). His appointment will take effect on 1 September and ...
  • Young women uses her hand as binoculars in front of her left eye
    Attention and expectations determine what we see
    29 Jun 2021
    Our senses process a massive amount of information, yet the world around us seems quite straightforward. Selective attention and expectations play an important role in this. ‘What we see every day and every moment is ...
  • Maria Kaika
    Maria Kaika Receives 2021 European Award for Excellence in Teaching
    28 Jun 2021
    Prof. Dr. Maria Kaika of the University of Amsterdam wins the tenth annual European Award for Excellence in Teaching in the Social Sciences and Humanities. 'The breadth and depth of Maria Kaika’s work as a teacher, ...
  • The UvA Honorary Medallion
    UvA kicks off first Medallion Day with six awards
    25 Jun 2021
    The UvA has started a new tradition: the annual Medallion Day. On this day each year, the UvA will award Honorary Medallions to individuals who have made a special contribution to the university. At the first ...
  • Don’t wait for that robot to take over your job
    22 Jun 2021
    AI can make people think differently about their work, causing them to question how skilled they still are and feel uncertain about the future of their job. Will your job soon be taken over by a robot? Such ...
  • Multinationals have a major influence on the European political agenda
    15 Jun 2021
    In Brussels, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) lobby hard on issues that are already on the political agenda, while companies lobby on issues they would like to see added to the agenda. ‘And ultimately, influence ...
  • Understanding Consciousness
    15 Jun 2021
    Waking up remains a strange sensation. Just one moment ago the world didn't exist for you and then, in a split second, it was there with all the smells, sounds, movements and visual sensations. For centuries ...
  • What impact does the changing labour market have on specialists?
    10 Jun 2021
    What will car mechanics do once everyone is driving an electric vehicle? And how are watchmakers doing now that people mostly wear smartwatches? Social developments are changing the demand for labour. Sociologist ...
  • A giant inflated model of a bee during a demonstration in front of the EU Commission offices calling the EU to adopt a ban on bee-killing neonicotinoid pesticides
    With these reforms the EU could rebuild public support
    10 Jun 2021
    Through its Green Deal the EU seeks a transition towards sustainable agriculture. This includes measures to reduce the risk and use of pesticides by 50% by 2030. Public support for these measures is crucial, but has ...
  • a network floating above the world
    Fundamental change in financial power structures
    8 Jun 2021
    Never before has the international network of global business been mapped out in such detail as it has been by researchers from the University of Amsterdam over the past 7 years. Their network analysis of 200 million ...
  • ‘I am here to assist you today.’ How we respond to chatbots.
    2 Jun 2021
    As online users we are increasingly exposed to chatbots as one form of AI-enabled media technologies. Stand-alone chatbots are often used for product or service recommendations, for example when online shopping or ...
  • Syrian refugees ask the German government for help
    Categorisation of refugees leads to new inequalities
    25 May 2021
    A record number of people across the world have been displaced from their homes. Only a small number find refuge in Europe via safe and legal pathways. The categorisation of refugees plays an important role in this ...
  • Funding for social and behavioural data science
    25 May 2021
    Through the Accelerate Programme, the UvA Data Science Centre has awarded funding for four proposals at the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences. This is to enhance research within the newly established Social ...
  • Factors contributing to science rejection across countries
    20 May 2021
    In Western nations spirituality, more than religiosity, may be the ‘enemy’ of science acceptance. That is one of the conclusions of an investigation of science skepticism in 24 countries. The study shows how levels ...