Mindel van de Laar

Mindel van de Laar is PhD director of the dual career PhD programme in Governance and Policy Analysis (GPAC2) of UNU-MERIT / Maastricht Graduate School of Governance.

Catch 22

Catch 22

In October I bought a new house. It still has to be built, so it will take at least one more year until we will actually move. Right now, it keeps us busy though, as we need to decide on many things; financial, construction and design related. Quite ...

The St. Nicolas-load

The St. Nicolas-load

Last week, for the first time since June, I went away for a few days for work. Upon return, my youngest daughter announced that she was going to place her shoe in front of the chimney. Saint Nicolas is in the country and brings young kids a small gif...

Maastricht recruitment, wake up!

Maastricht recruitment, wake up!

When I graduated from high school, some years ago, I was certain about my future. In the luxury position to have a Dutch state scholarship, I chose to study economics in Maastricht and live there as well. My teachers were very surprised that I went t...