Award winners 2009

Several members of the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences' staff and students have been awarded grants and prizes to encourage their work, research and study performances.

Linda van Leijenhorst

Linda van Leijenhorst, Psychology, was awarded a Rubicon grant for her project 'Prediction of Individual Differences in Adolescent Risk Behaviour'. She will spend 18 months doing research at the University of California, Los Angeles (USA).


Natasha Dobrova-Krol

Natasha Dobrova-Krol, Education and Child Studies, was awarded the ISED Article Award for International Publications 2009. She received the prize for her article "Effects of perinatal HIV-infection and early institutional rearing on social cognitive development of children in Ukraine", to be published in "Child Development".


Patricia Spyer

Patricia Spyer (Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology) and Robert Ross (Faculty of Humanities) have been awarded a grant for their project “Photographic Traditions in Black Popular Modernities: Towards a Socio-historical analysis of the visual economy in and beyond South Africa” within the Cultural Dynamics Program of NWO (€450.000). An important aim of the project is to contribute to the process of archive formation ongoing in Post-Apartheid South Africa through the inclusion of photographs that have been either unacknowledged or excised from the national canon. 


Peter Pels

Peter Pels (Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology) has received, together with co-applicant Prof. dr. Chris Goto-Jones (Faculty of Humanities) funding for ‘The Future is Elsewhere: Toward a Comparative History of the Futures of the Digital (R)evolution’ within the Cultural Dynamics programme of NWO (€450.000). Pels and Goto-Jones will turn the central focus of both their projects (imaginations of the future and their social/political role in development) into a joint publication by 2014.


Rivke Jaffe

Rivke Jaffe, Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology, has received a Veni grant from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). In her research project 'Between the street and the state: Crime and Citizenship in Kingston, Jamaica', Jaffe studies the alternative governance structures associated with state-like criminal organizations in urban Jamaica. She analyses how criminal organizations and the state share control over urban spaces and populations, what kind of governance arrangements emerge, and which actors and mechanisms link ‘the street’ and ‘the state’ .


Muriel Hagenaars

Muriel Hagenaars, Psychology, has received a Veni grant from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). Her research project 'Scared stiff: Investigating determinants, correlates and consequences of peritraumatic freezing' aims to identify determinants, and correlates of freezing, and to determine its effect on trauma processing.


Eveline Crone

Eveline Crone, Psychology, was awarded the Huibregtsen Award for Science and Society for her research into the child and adolescent brain, and the excellent way in which she makes her research results accessible to society.


Sjoerd van Grootheest

At the 11th RAI Ethnographic Film Festival 2009 in Leeds, UK, Sjoerd van Grootheest (Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology) received a commendation (as a full competitor) for his film 'Vasile Nedea'. The commendation was awarded in the category Intangible Culture Film Prize (Music - Dance - Performance). Van Grootheest made the film in the context of the Bachelor programme Visual Ethnography, which includes such subjects as Visual Methods and Ethnographic Film making .

Judi Mesman

Judi Mesman (Education and Child Studies) has been awarded a Starting Grant by the European Research Council (ERC). The research project investigates the extent to which mothers and fathers show different parenting behaviours towards boys and girls and the influence of these differences on disruptive behaviour in early childhood. The financial contribution of the ERC for this project is € 1.6 million, which will be used to hire three PhD students and one Postdoc for a period of five years.


Naomi Ellemers, Fieke Harinck and Daan Schepers

Naomi Ellemers, Fieke Harinck and Daan Schepers (Psychology) were awarded an NWO grant in the theme 'Conflict and Safety', for their research project 'Value conflict: How differences in values affect conflict-escalation and effectiveness of interventions'. This project aims to address the mechanisms involved in the development, escalation and reconciliation of value conflicts. The researchers will study this issue by taking a cross-levels approach to examine how group identities affect interpersonal value conflict.


Guido Band

Guido Band, Psychology, was awarded a grant (€ 25.000,-) from the Leiden University Fund (LUF) and the Gratama Foundation for his research into the effectiveness of brain training games in the elderly. 


Petra Barneveld

Petra Barneveld (Psychology) was awarded the NVN Thesis Award 2007/2008 for her thesis 'Executive function in 6-to-10-year-old children born with Intrauterine Growth Restriction (IUGR) and influence of COMT-gene polymorphism', supervised by Huub Middelkoop. This prestigious award is given annually by the NVN (Dutch Association for Neuropsychology) to a young researcher as a token of appreciation and stimulation.


Sander Nieuwenhuis

Sander Nieuwenhuis (Psychology) was awarded the Award for Distinguished Early Career Contributions to Psychophysiology. This prestigious award is given annually by the Society for Psychophysiological Research to a young researcher who made exceptional contributions to cognitive neuroscience, particularly to psychofysiology. 


Judi Mesman and Rien van IJzendoorn

Judi Mesman and Rien van IJzendoorn (Education and Child Studies) have received a large research grant from NORFACE (New Opportunities for Research Funding Agency Co-operation in Europe) for a research project on the social integration of Turkish children in the Netherlands, Germany, and Norway. Norface’s financial contribution amounts to € 3.4 million for the project across the three countries, of which more than € 950,000,- for the Dutch part of the project. The duration of the project is four years.


Peter van den Bergh

Peter van den Bergh (Education and Child Studies) was awarded the institute's Piet Vroon Popularisation Award 2006-2008. The unanimous view of the jury was that Peter van den Bergh has shown great passion and expertise in the way he presented the topic of foster care in the media, always putting the interests of foster children first. What is more, he has formulated and published important guidelines to ensure optimum care for these children.


Anita van der Kooij

Anita van der Kooij (Education and Child Studies) was awarded the institute's Best doctoral dissertation award for her thesis 'Prediction Accuracy and Stability of regression with optimal scaling transformations'. The jury has opted for a thesis that, in more ways than one, excels in innovative power and so is truly ground-breaking. At the same time a thesis has been selected whose author has shown great independence in carrying out the actual investigation.


Lianne Holten

Lianne Holten (Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology) was awarded the biennial LOVA/Marian Rens Thesis Award 2007/2008 for her thesis 'Pregnancy Strategies in the Mandé Mountains of Mali', supervised by Jan Jansen. The thesis will be published as a book. LOVA is the association for anthropological women's studies/gender studies.


Wasif Shadid

Wasif Shadid (Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology) has been appointed member of the Advisory Committe on Aliens Affairs as per 1 April 2009, on the proposal of State Secretary Albayrak (Justice).  


Monique Boekaerts

Monique Boekaerts (Education and Child Studies) has been appointed a member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (Koninklijke Nederlandse Akademie van Wetenschappen, KNAW). She holds the chair of Learning and Instruction.


Gezinus Wolters

Gezinus Wolters, departing Associate Professor in Psychology, has been created an Officer in the Order of Orange-Nassau. The presentation was conducted by the mayor Henri Lenferink of Leiden and took place in the Hooglandse Kerk.


Marcel Veenman

Marcel Veenman (Psychology) and ICLON were awarded a research grant of the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science for their project 'Intellectual Giftedness and Metacognitive Skills'. In the research project both a diagnostic instrument for metacognitive skills and an instruction to train these skills will be developed.


Fenna Poletiek and Bernet Elzinga

Fenna Poletiek and Bernet Elzinga (both Psychology) have been appointed as members of the Landelijke Expertisegroep Bijzondere Zedenzaken (National Expert Group Special Vice Cases). This expert group that consists of clinical psychologists, cognitive psychologists and vice investigators, was established by the Board of Procurators General to give advise about reports of sexual assault.


Eveline Crone

Eveline Crone, Psychology, was appointed the new chairperson of the Young Academy of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences per 1 April, 2009 . The Young Academy welcomes promising young scientists who obtained their doctorate fewer than ten years ago, have already made their mark in the research world and have a wide-ranging interest in science.


Imke Harbers

Imke Harbers, Political Science, will be awarded the ECPR Rudolf Wildenmann Prize for her paper "Decentralization as a condition of Party System Nationalization: Evidence from Latin America and Central and Eastern Europe" which she submitted at the Rennes Joint Sessions in 2008. The Rudolf Wildenmann Prize is awarded annually by the ECPR to a young colleague for an outstanding paper presented at the Joint Sessions of workshops.


Michael Kaeding

Michael Kaeding, Public Administration, was awarded the Van Poelje yearprize for the best dissertation in 2007 in the field of Public Administration. His dissertation is entitled: 'Better Regulation in the European Union: Lost in Translation or Full Steam Ahead? The Transposition of EU Transport Directives Across Member States'. The jury was very impressed by the exemplary triangulation in which different research methods were used to investigate different research questions.   


Anchrit Wille

Anchrit Wille, Public Administration, was awarded the Blackboard Award 2008. The jury was impressed by her ability to present a subject that many students find boring and difficult in a way that stimulates students to value statistics and work with SPSS. She has adjusted her Blackboardsite to meet her requirements: the folders have names that match the content of the course, and the structure of the Blackboard site enables the student to proceed step by step with exercises and tests.


Jan Erk

Jan Erk, Political Science, was awarded the Casimir Award 2008 for the best teacher of the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences. His students are very enthousiastic about his lectures, because he triggers their curiosity by using examples from the fields of literature, film and art. He also stimulates his students to find things out for themselves first, and then is always available for discussion afterwards. Also, he makes his lectures available for his students by podcasts.  


Yvonne van Iperen

Yvonne van Iperen was awarded the Administrative and Supportive Staff award (Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences) for the extraordinary efforts and skill she demonstrated in times of university-wide cutbacks. She played a leading and constructive role in the revision of the university allocation model. Characteristic of her functioning as policy advisor is that she purposely never adopts the administrator's perspective and is not afraid to speak plainly if necessary.


Janet van Klink

Janet van Klink, who studied Political Science, was awarded the Master Thesis Award for her thesis: 'Media In Bed With Our Tough Guys’. The impact of embedded journalism in Afghanistan on Dutch Newspaper Stories of ISAF. The central question in this thesis is whether or not reports from embedded journalists differ from reports by other journalists. Janet van Klink performed a content analysis of reports in five national newspapers and found that there are indeed differences in the reports. The jury considered this an important conclusion of an exemplary thesis.


Last Modified: 18-04-2013