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As a scientist, you start your research with a plan. But sometimes research yields unexpected results that are so socially relevant that they actually call for additional research.

This is what the NWO Impact Explorer programme is for: an extra amount of up to 30,000 euros, on top of the grant the researcher already receives. This money is intended for additional research that can make a direct impact on everyday life. Two scientists from the Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research (AISSR) have now received this additional grant. The money will go to projects on Islamic feminism and the voice of citizens in local politics.

Research with an impact on society

Scientific studies are often part of larger research. You don't always see their impact on our daily lives right away either. Of course, it is important to apply as much knowledge as possible in everyday life on the basis of research, thus creating social value. This part of research, 'impact', is getting more and more attention in science.

NWO Impact Explorer

The Impact Explorer grant is designed to explore opportunities for societal impact. These are projects that stem from research that is actually more curiosity-driven. Curiosity-driven research focuses on answering somewhat more abstract questions, not directly on solving practical problems. This grant will make it possible to create precisely social value from this type of fundamental research as well.

Two AISSR researchers have been awarded: 

Communicating Islamic feminism to vulnerable Muslim youths

In this project, political sociologist Dr Lana Sirri investigates how to have conversations about Islamic feminism with vulnerable Muslim youth in the Netherlands. These young people are often not included in such conversations. In doing so, Sirri collaborates with Maruf, the main platform for queer Muslim youth in the Netherlands. Knowledge about the experiences of Muslim youth can ensure greater inclusion, representation and civic engagement.

Citizens' voice in local politics

Two new laws were introduced in January 2024 to strengthen the voice of citizens in local decisions. Research shows that municipalities often struggle with this citizen participation. Dr Nanke Verloo, University Lecturer in Urban Politics and Planning, wants to improve cooperation between citizens and municipalities. She does this by applying research on citizen participation to the new laws and offering training to civil servants and politicians in this project.

Dr. L. (Lana) Sirri

Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences

Programme group: Political Sociology: Power, Place and Difference

Dr. N. (Nanke) Verloo

Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences

GPIO : Urban Planning