The Maastricht ICIS institute has received a subsidy of six hundred thousand euros from the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) to work together with the Indonesian universities of Lampung and Yogyakarta on research into governance and socioeconomic developments in the field of sustainability. The Indonesian Ministry of Education will contribute about four hundred thousand euros to appoint five PhD candidates. They will start at the end of the summer to receive their doctorates at the UM in four years' time.
These PhD candidates will study the effects of global certifying partnerships for the local economy in Indonesia. The partnerships aim to promote the sustainable production of agricultural commodities. What are the consequences of these agreements for farmers? Will their living conditions improve? One of the PhD candidates will focus on the certification of the sustainable production of coffee, another on palm oil. Other research will focus on the role of governments and NGOs in this context.