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Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research / AISSR

  • Programme Managers

    The programme manager support academic activities, the acquisition of indirect and contract funding, financial management, reporting and communication. They act as a link with secretaries who carry out institute-wide duties.

    C.J.M. (Christianne) van Domburg Scipio MSc

    Programme manager Human Geography, Planning and International Development Studies

    D.S.F. (Deïdre) Huising

    Programme manager Political Science

    J.C. (Janus) Oomen MSc

    Programme manager Anthropology

    J. (Jeske) de Vries

    Programme manager Sociology

  • Secretariat
    C.N. (Chatainya) Cruden

    Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences

    OBP Groep Onderzoeksinstituut AISSR

    J. (Joanne) Oakes

    Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences

    OBP Groep Onderzoeksinstituut AISSR

    S.T. (Simon) Cijsouw

    Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences

    OBP Groep Onderzoeksinstituut AISSR

    Drs. M. (Marlous) Schouten MSc

    Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences

    OBP Groep Onderzoeksinstituut AISSR

    H.B. (Hermance) Mettrop

    Financial Officer

  • PhD Representatives 

    Each programme group selects a PhD representative. They represent all PhD Candidates in the PhD Sounding Board with AISSR and GSSS Management. The representatives advise AISSR and GSSS Management on PhD-related issues and for this purpose they make inventories of such issues. They also facilitate meetings at programme group level between PhDs and intellectual community oriented activities like discussions of papers and Seminars/Lectures. They introduce new PhD and are the primary point of contact for PhD related issues.


    Pol. Sociology                 Jingjie Dai

    ILL                                    Dieuwke Zwier & Katherina Stuckradt

    Cul. Sociology                Hanne Stegeman


    Globalizing Cult.             Peter Miller

    HCB                                  Sasha Kruger en Chia-Shuo Tang

    Momat                            Arum Hayuningsih en Fajri Sirengar



    Challenges                     Haylee Kelsall en Isabella Rebasso

    Petgov                             Nilma Nilmawati

    Transnational               Astrid Bodini



    PEG                no one

    GID                Sofie te Wierik

    UP and UG     Celin Idel

  • PhD Mentors

    PhD mentors

    There are four AISSR PhD mentors: Marieke Brand (CA), Nicky Pouw (GPIO) Floris Vermeulen (POL), and Don Weenink (SOC). The PhD mentors integrate the role of AISSR confidential counsellors and their new role as PhD mentor. AISSR PhD students may contact the PhD mentor of their department as well as any of the other PhD mentors.

    PhD mentors:

    • invite new PhD students to the department, together with the other relevant actors
    • act as the first point of contact for PhD students with questions their supervisor or co-supervisor cannot answer
    • offer emotional support to PhD students (in relation to work-related stress)
    • can be consulted for advice regarding various issues such as:
      • brainstorming about your options in a given situation
      • interactions with your supervisor or supervision team
      • diversity and inclusivity  
      • working with a chronic disease or disability
      • problems combining tasks and roles (such as care tasks)
      • stress and other mental health problems
      • social insecurity
      • questions relating to UvA services (such as medical services and career support)
      • corona related questions regarding for example your planning
    • can refer candidates to other UvA specialists or institutions/agencies when necessary
    • can initiate a constructive discussion between the PhD student and their (co)-supervisor(s) in the case of a (impending) conflict with the (co-)supervisor(s)
    • can be requested (by a PhD student and/or program group leader) to advise/ mediate in case of tensions/conflicts regarding HR related issues and participate in an Annual Human Research Meeting when necessary
    • identify general issues that affect PhD students and relay these to the programme group leader(s)/department chair


    PhD mentors safeguard the confidentiality of the PhD students. The PhD in question shall be consulted prior to informing the program group leader or head of department about the issue. PhD mentors work according to the FMG ‘Working method for social insecurity FMG 2020’.