Winnaar Els Witte PhD Prijs

De jury heeft de winnaar voor de Els Witte Jaarprijs Politicologie voor het beste proefschrift bekend gemaakt. De winnaar is geselecteerd uit 9 genomineerde proefschriften die in het afgelopen jaar zijn verschenen.

De jury heeft besloten de prijs toe te kennen aan Lala Muradova (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven) voor haar proefschrift “Reasoning across the divide: Interpersonal deliberation, emotions and reflective political thinking. ” Van harte gefeliciteerd!

Bestuur 2022

Tijdens de ALV 2022 in Nijmegen is het bestuur benoemd. De leden van het bestuur zijn:

  • Marcel Hanegraaff (UvA, voorzitter, externe samenwerking)
  • Tim Mickler (secretaris/ penningmeester, Universiteit Leiden)
  • Loes Aaldering (VU Amsterdam, diversiteit, gender, inclusiviteit, prijzen)
  • Koen Damhuis (Universiteit Utrecht, samenwerking met NLVM)
  • Hylke Dijkstra (Universiteit Maastricht, Etmaal, samenwerking met NIG)
  • Lukas Spielberger (Universiteit Leiden, student lid)
  • Haley Swedlund (Radboud Universiteit, internationalisering/kennis benutting)
  • Amy Verdun (Universiteit Leiden/University of Victoria, nieuwsbrief)
  • Nicolle Zeegers (Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, bladen)

GEM-DIAMOND PhD Call for Application

The team at the IEE-ULB in Brussels is calling for applications for 16 individual CfAs for GEM-DIAMOND the new MSCA-DN in European Studies coordinated by the ULB – see

16 MSCA PhD fellowships are presently available in EU studies, international relations, international political economy, comparative politics as well as international and EU law.

These 16 fellowships across different disciplines will all work towards assessing the EU’s capacity to act given the challenges facing Democratic Institutions, the rise of Alternative MOdels and mounting Normative Dissensus (DIAMOND). All 16 of these individual research project will enjoy: (i) a three-year MSCA fellowship (48k/year), (ii) a double doctoral degree, (iii) jount training and publications opportunities, and (iv) sponsored mobility involving at least two countries.

Shortlist Els Witte PhD Prize

On behalf of the jury, we are pleased to announce the shortlist for the Els Witte PhD Prize this year! From all submitted dissertations, the jury selected the following four theses for the shortlist (names in alphabetical order).

  • Dr. Ine Goovaerts (KU Leuven) – Destructive or Deliberative? An Investigation of the Evolution, Determinants, and Effects of the Quality of Political Debate
  • Dr. Lala Muradova (KU Leuven) – Reasoning Across the Divide. Interpersonal Deliberation, Emotions and Reflective Political Thinking
  • Dr. Gilles Pittoors (UGent) – Going above and beyond? A comparative case study of the multilevel organisation of national political parties in the EU polity
  • Dr. Karolin Soontjens (U Antwerpen) – Chronicle of an election foretold. Politicians’ beliefs about electoral accountability and its effect

The winner of the award will be announced at the Annual Political Science Workshops of the Low Countries (Politicologenetmaal). The award ceremony for the Els de Witte PhD Prize will take place on Thursday (16th of June). We would like to thank all colleagues for submitting your nomination!

Vacant Position Book Review Editor Acta Politica

As of this summer, Acta Politica has a vacancy for the post of Book Review Editor. The incoming person will work together with the other Book Review Editor, Tim Mickler (Leiden University). The editors are supported by an editorial secretary from the Université libre de Bruxelles (Clémence Deswert). The successful candidate is expected to start as Co-Editor as of 20 June 2022.

It is expected that the Book Review Editor:

• Actively scouts for books that fit the journal’s profile and find suitable reviewers

• Decides on proposals for book reviews

• Edits manuscripts and makes decisions regarding publication of these manuscripts

• Keeps in touch with the editorial board

The candidate should be:

• Have demonstrable affinity with political science in the Low Countries and be well versed in written English.

If you are interested in this position, please send your CV, list of publications, and motivation letter (in Dutch or English) by email before 1 May 2022 to Nicolle Zeegers, Board Member of the Dutch Political Science Association (NKWP): n.e.h.m.zeegers[at] More information can be found under ‘Vacatures, calls & banen’

Newsletter 12 is verstuurd

Er is vandaag weer een nieuwsbrief de deur uit gegaan. Daarin lees je onder andere informatie over het Etmaal en de deadlines voor de voordrachten voor de Els Witte jaarprijs en voor de Daniel Heinsiusprijs. Heb je de nieuwsbrief niet ontvangen? Check even je spam folder en stuur een email aan secretaris[at]

De nieuwsbrief is ook te vinden onder ‘Nieuwsbrieven (archief)’ – Newsletter 12 | 18 februari 2022

Call for Politics of the Low Countries PhD Reviews Proposals

Politics of the Low Countries (PLC) provides scientific insights in Belgian and Dutch politics. It is the official journal of the Flemish (VPW), Francophone (ABSP) and Luxembourg (LuxPol) political science associations in cooperation with the Dutch Political Science Association (NKWP). PLC is looking for PhD Reviews to be published in the upcoming issues (ca. 1500 words). We welcome proposals on PhD dissertations in all areas covered by PLC. The PhD must have been successfully defended
in 2021 in Belgium, Luxembourg, or the Netherlands. More information can be found under ‘Vacatures, calls & banen’


Jaarlijks reikt de NKWP samen met haar Vlaamse zusterorganisatie VPW twee prijzen uit, de Els Witte Jaarprijs Politicologie voor het beste proefschrift en de Daniël Heinsiusprijs voor de beste scriptie van het voorgaande jaar. De uitreiking van de prijzen vindt plaats op het jaarlijkse politicologenetmaal, waar de winnaars respectievelijk €1000 en €500 in ontvangst mogen nemen.

Voordrachten voor de Els Witte jaarprijs kunnen worden ingediend bij de secretaris va de NKWP, Tim Mickler (deadline is 1 maart – de nominator wordt gevraagd om gebruik te maken van een nominatieformulier) en voor de Daniel Heinsiusprijs bij de secretaris van de jury van de Daniel Heinsius prijs, Emile Van Ommeren (deadline is 1 maart) voorzien van pdf-exemplaren.

New editor of Acta Politica

We are happy to announce that Benjamin Leruth (RUG) will be the new editor of Acta Politica. That also means Rens Vliegenthart (UvA) after six years hands over the baton. We want to express our debt of gratitude to Rens for his dedication and hard work as editor of the journal together with Emilie van Haute. Under his co-editorship the journal has continued to flourish and consolidate its place as a well read and respectable international journal of Political Science in the field. It has broadened its international scope and its impact significantly yet retains a unique niche as the journal of Political Science from the Low Countries. Benjamin has started his editorship with the same energy and ambition as his predecessor and is together with Emile already developing ideas to improve the visibility of the journal as well as the organization of the editorial process. We look forward to a fruitful collaboration and to hearing more about Acta Politica’s new policies soon! 

Winner Els Witte Prize

It is our pleasure to introduce the winner of the Els Witte annual prize for outstanding PhD thesis in Political Science for 2021.

The jury has decided to award the prize to Thomas Jacobs (Ghent University). The theoretical approach stood out as very original and the thesis’ empirical analysis was highly convincing. The jury was impressed by the open access of the data which they felt was a ‘best practice’ methodologically.

Once again, congratulations, Thomas!