Excellent MA Research Papers
Many students completing their MA in Development Studies at the International Institute of Social Studies produce excellent, prize-winning Research Papers. Prize-winning papers are reproduced as ISS Working Papers and then often re-worked for publication in leading journals.
Below are the most recent prize-winning Research Papers by ISS students. All Research Papers can be found in the ISS Library.
Tatiana Navarrete (SJP 2017-2018) Transitional Justice in Colombia: competing discourses in a peace agreement context
Analysing the transitional justice discourses of the government, its political opposition, the FARC, and the civil society participants in the peace negotiation, and understanding peace and conflict in the context of the peace negotiation with FARC.
Angelica Aparicio (SJP 2017-2018) Meanings and Uses of the Term 'Reconciliation' in the Colombian Peace Dialogues: Unveiling Political Action through Discourse Analysis
Relating the multiple visions of reconciliation of three key actors -FARCEP, Government and Civil Society- in the negotiations of the Peace Agreement in Colombia from 2012 to 2016 with a past of war that defines them and defines the other in the midst of their grievances and with specific aspirations for the peace that must build.
Shradha Parashari (ECD 2017-2018) Teacher discrimination in occupational expectations and grading
Looking at the extent of teacher’s discrimination in occupational expectations and analysing whether discrimination in occupational expectations would further perpetuate discrimination in grading on the basis of student’s caste and socio-economic status.
Chandreyi Guadalupe Guharay Gómez (SPD 2017-2018) Social Protection on the Move. A Transnational Exploration of Nicaraguan Migrant Women’s Engagement with Social Protection in Spain and Nicaragua.
Examining Nicaraguan migrant women’s engagement with transnational social protection in Spain and Nicaragua from a gender and intersectional approach.
Purwandi Santoso (GDP 2016-2017) The effects of Local Taxes and Charges Assignment Policy on the Local Governments’ Fiscal Autonomy and Local Economy in Indonesia
Evaluating the basic objective achievement of Law 28/2009 regarding local taxes and charges in Indonesia, i.e. enhancing local fiscal autonomy without harming the local economy.
Niti Gupta (ECD 2016-2017) DeMo by NaMo (Demonetization by Narendra Modi): Money Burning in India
Understanding the demonetization acceptance as being in line with the research in experimental economics and experimental psychology that argues that notions such as inequity aversion and fairness drives human behaviour into taking decisions which are not economically rational.
Daniela Pessoa de Goes Calmon (AFES 2016-2017) The politics of contemporary agrarian frontier-making: Insights from Matopiba region, Brazil
Examining how agribusiness has adapted to political contestations in the formation of the soy frontier in Matopiba in Brazil, with emphasis on the mediating role of the state.
Analysing the phenomenon of branding some women as witches and banishing them to live in witches’ camps in Northern Ghana.
Fausto de Assis Ribeiro (GPPE 2015-2016) The accidental Trojan horse : Plea bargaining as an anticorruption tool in Brazil
Employing the Advocacy Coalition Framework (ACF) as a model to understand the legislative process that led to the implementation of plea bargaining as an anticorruption tool in Brazil.
Margarita Mecheva (ECD 2015-2016) On President Putin’s Popularity: Evidence from Survey Experiments on the Streets of Moscow
Looking at the possible effect of allegedly threatening media content on the support for Putin using survey experiments conducted on the streets of Moscow.
Mohammad Ibrahim Khalad (SJP 2015-2016) Ambiguous positionalities: Bangladeshi migrant men in The Hague
Connecting migration, masculinity and Islamophobia, and showing that the process of marginalization is not always straight forward, it can become complex and contradictory, where an indication of marginalization can give advantage in some contexts while becoming problematic in others
Luis Artavia (ECD 2014-2015) Intuitive Cooperation in The Hague : A Natural Field Experiment
Examining whether humans are naturally predisposed towards cooperation or selfishness, and how their behavior changes when people have more time to think.
Natalia Lozano Arevalo (AES 2014-2015) Colombian Women and U.S. Servicemen: Encounters and Experiences from Melgar, Colombia
Considering the case of Melgar, the location of two Colombian military bases with a permanent presence of U.S. military personnel, to explore through locals’ narratives the implications of U.S. intervention in the conflict on the daily lives of Colombian women.
Mahardhika Sjamsoe’oed Sadjad (SPD 2014-2015) An Autoethnographic Study on Dutch Society. Narratives of Being and Belonging from the Perspectives of Young Allochtoon Dutch-Muslims
Understanding how Dutch-Muslim youth that come from families with migrant backgrounds give meaning to and position themselves within Dutch society.
Clovis-Scherer (ECD 2013-2014) Payroll tax reduction in Brazil: Effects on employment and wages
Evaluating the effects of the elimination of a payroll tax on employment and wages in four manufacturing and service sectors in Brazil in early 2012
Maria Angelina M. Uson (AES 2013-2014) Grabbing the ‘Clean Slate’: The politics of the intersection of land grabbing, disasters and climate change – insights from a local Philippine community in the aftermath of super typhoon Haiyan
Exploring the nexus which has the potential to swiftly reboot spatial, institutional and political land arrangements in poor communities on a large scale, globally.
Tasneem Kakal (GPPE 2013-2014) A Tale of Two Sisters - Investigating the Socio-Economic Outcomes of Teen Childbearing in South Africa
Understanding the effect of teenage childbearing in determining future socio-economic consequences for teenage mothers.