Research Talent

Research Talent 2017

Research Talent

E. A. (Eva) van Gemert, MSc

Erasmus School of Social and Behavioural Sciences

Europe in distress. Humanitarian rescue operations on the Mediterranean Sea
In 2011, migrants started to cross the Mediterranean Sea in record numbers. While the European Union responded by intensifying its border control policy, groups of European citizens are jointly performing rescue operations with private vessels. Eva van Gemert is researching the day-to-day activities of these new humanitarian organisations in the Mediterranean Sea. Through participatory observation on board the rescue vessels, interviews with rescue workers and migrants and an analysis of their online activities, Van Gemert studies how humanitarian interventions are becoming intertwined with the European border regime.

M. C. (Rik) Joosen, MSc

Erasmus School of Social and Behavioural Sciences

Getting information for EU market regulation
How do regulators get the information they need from companies that are not inclined to inform them? To make the right decisions, regulators need a lot of technical information that can only be provided by the companies themselves. But these companies are not always honest. When there is a risk of sanctions or fines, companies may choose to refrain from providing certain information. Rik Joosen looks at how regulators deal with this difficult dynamic in their efforts to regulate the European common market.

K. (Kristel) de Groot, MSc

Erasmus School of Social and Behavioural Sciences

My name is Kristel. I’m autistic.
In the past, autism was regarded as a separate category of disability. Today, we acknowledge that every individual has autistic traits to some degree, and that these traits encompass both strengths and weaknesses. Kristel de Groot seeks to improve the psychometric instruments used to measure autistic trait levels. In addition, she uses these instruments to study the correlations between people’s autistic traits, their behaviour and their brain.