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NWO-Veni grants for four promising Tilburg researchers

Published: 11th April 2022 Last updated: 12th April 2022

The Dutch Research Council (NWO) has awarded four young promising scientists from Tilburg University a Veni grant worth up to 280,000 euros. The grant provides the laureates with the opportunity to further elaborate their own ideas during a period of three years.

The four laureates are: Robbie van Aert and Manon van Scheppingen of Tilburg School for Social and Behavioral Sciences, Marie-Catherine Petersmann of Tilburg Law School and David Schindler of Tilburg School for Economics and Management. We warmly congratulate these researchers! Read more about their research projects here.

Major Life Transitions and Personality Development in Young Adulthood

Manon van Scheppingen (Developmental Psychology): What drives personality development in young adulthood? A large body of research has shown that people become more agreeable, conscientious, and emotionally stable from young through middle adulthood. At the same time, young adults go through important changes in social roles: they start careers, relationships, and families. This project focuses on how multiple life transitions contribute to personality development young adulthood, and if personal experiences during the transition (e.g., stress, impact) explain why some people change more than others.

Empowering meta-analysis by taking advantage of preregistered and replication studies

Robbie van Aert (Methodology and Statistics): An important threat to the validity of meta-analyses is publication bias. Replication and preregistered studies are deemed less susceptible to publication bias. I will develop a novel meta-analysis methodology that optimally synthesizes conventional with replication/preregistered studies and corrects for publication bias. This new methodology yields more accurate conclusions in meta-analyses.

Anthropocene Legalities: Reconfiguring Legal Relations With/in More-Than-Human Collectives

Marie-Catherine Petersmann (Public Law and Governance): How can the conceptual and doctrinal coordinates of international law be reconfigured to make sense of how humans are entangled with nonhumans? The worldview predominant in international law limits agency to humans allegedly autonomous from nonhumans, with subjective, material, temporal, and spatial cuts ordering legal relations in modernist terms. To counter such modalities of legal ordering, the analytical heuristic of ‘Anthropocene legalities’ aims to attune legal concepts, theories, and practices to the conditions of entangled human-nonhuman relations and agency. The project explores different empirical sites where traces of ‘Anthropocene legalities’ are already expressed in existing modes of more-than-human commoning and more-than-human sensing.

Understanding the workplace: The role of non-routine analytical team tasks

David Schindler (Economics): As the labor market transforms to contain more teamwork that is non-routine in nature and requires cognitive effort, it is imperative to deepen our understanding of these tasks’ functioning. This research project uses surveys, laboratory, and field experiments to provide a comprehensive assessment of the determinants of workers’ success, investigates how bonus incentives can increase team performance, and demonstrates the effects of staff turnover.

NWO Talent Program

Veni, together with Vidi and Vici, is part of the NWO Talent Program. Veni is aimed at excellent researchers who have recently obtained their doctorates. Within the Talent Program, researchers are free to submit their own topic for funding. NWO selects researchers based on the quality of the researcher, the innovative character of the research, the expected scientific impact of the research proposal and possibilities for knowledge utilization.