Former Prince Claus Chairholders talk on the impact of the tenure on their career and lives. In this first interview - Professor Mansoob Murshed.
Professor S. Mansoob Murshed was the first Chairholder from 2002 – 2003. His research focus was in the fields of trade, trade policy political economy and in the field of peace and conflict management in relation to economic development.
'I became more conscious of the policy implications of scientific research'
In the interview, Murshed talks about the changes in the tenure: 'I think it’s more organized now and there are more facilities available. I would’ve loved to have a Postdoctoral Researcher, but that was included later. But because we were exploring, it also meant for a more flexible approach. For instance, long after the tenure ended, I gave lectures and talks on the topics of equity and development. I still do to this day.
In addition to the lectures I gave in academia, I especially gave a lot of public lectures for a more general audience at for example Studium Generale*. This was probably in part due to the media attention the Chair received at the start and in part due to the fact that the it became known that I gave good speeches. I don’t use notes so my lectures are very interactive. That was one of the greatest benefits for me, to be able to connect with a more general audience, not just with academics.”
*Studium Generale is usually a university affiliated public platform for knowledge and reflection.