PhD candidates of the AMC are united in their own PhD candidate association APROVE. Below you will find information about the current board members of the Central PhD Council.
Benthe van Wanrooij – Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences
Benthe van Wanrooij is a PhD candidate at the Research Institute of Child Development and Education (RICDE). Her research focuses on accessible pathways towards higher education. She studies the opportunity structure towards higher education from the perspective of students in primary, secondary and higher education. The aim is to map obstacles students may encounter and examine the choices and strategies they make or use in response to these obstacles. Benthe started her PhD in September 2021 and as of November 2021, she represents the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences within the Central PhD Council.
Danuta Mazurel – Faculty of Dentistry
Danuta Mazurel is a PhD candidate at the Academic Centre for Dentistry in Amsterdam (ACTA). She studies the use of oral biofilms for the prevention of caries, using in vitro model systems that incorporate the complex microbial communities in the mouth. She started her PhD in January 2019. As of March 2020, she is representing the joint faculties of dentistry of the University of Amsterdam and the VU Amsterdam.
Raviar Karim – Faculty of Economics and Business
Raviar Karim is a PhD candidate at the department of Actuarial Science and Mathematical Finance (ASMF). He studies mathematical properties of contagion processes and their applications. The aim is to relax conditions on the parameters of the model and explore new extensions to obtain more general mathematical results. This added flexibility makes the model more widely applicable in a variety of fields and allows for the quantification of contagion effects. Raviar started his PhD in September 2019 and represents the Faculty of Economics and Business in the Central PhD Council as of July 2020.
Florence Evans – Faculty of Humanities
Florence Evans is a PhD Candidate at the Amsterdam School for Heritage, Memory, and Material Culture (AHM). She studies how (cultural) memory of Argentina’s last civil-military dictatorship travels through public artworks, performances, photographs, protests, and in urban environments. The aim of this project is to define how stories about the past are carried through their association with objects and sites of commemoration, reaching new generations and communities in the present. She began her PhD in 2020. Evans represents the Faculty of Humanities (FGw) in the Central PhD Council.
Debadatta Bose – Faculty of Law
Debadatta Bose is a doctoral researcher at the Faculty of Law in the Amsterdam Centre for International Law (ACIL) and the Amsterdam Centre for Transformative Private Law (ACT). His research focuses on the legal liability of transnational corporations directly linked to adverse human rights impacts, e.g. think of Shell and the human rights impacts of its petroleum extraction in Nigeria. His approach combines international law with private law theory to test for the conceptual sustainability of liability of such entities and their distant human rights impacts. Debadatta started his PhD in September 2019 and represents the Faculty of Law in the Central PhD Council as of September 2020.
Daphnee Chabal – Faculty of Science
Daphnee Chabal is a PhD Candidate in the Complex Cyber infrastructure Group of the Informatics Institute. Her research focuses on making small digital objects, like most IoT devices, more secure, private, and able to hold computationally heavy applications, such as Deep Neural Networks. Daphnee started her PhD in January 2022 and joined the Central PhD Council board as the FNWI representative two months later. In the board, she looks forward to being a fair and active representant for all PhD students, and their diverse interests, in the Science Institute, and beyond.