Nora Stel, assistant professor in governance and human rights at the Maastricht School of Management in the Netherlands, will spend the next year building on the topic of her dissertation, the governance arrangements in informal Palestinian refugee settlements in South Lebanon, to study similar dynamics of local governance and public authority inside informal Syrian refugee settlements in Lebanon. For six months this fall, she will join the Refugee Research and Policy in the Arab World research program at the American University of Beirut’s Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs to conduct fieldwork. Starting in April 2018, she will spend six months with the Governance and Local Development Program at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden to analyze fieldwork data. Her work is supported by a one-year Niels Stensen Postdoctoral Fellowship, awarded to academics holding PhDs from Dutch universities to help them conduct research abroad. Stel will share updates about her work on her blog at www.msm.nl/social/nora-stel/.
The National Science Foundation has awarded a five-year, US$500,000 Faculty Early Career Development grant to Yash Kanoria, assistant professor of decision, risk, and operations at Columbia Business School in New York City. Kanoria will study the design of sharing economy marketplaces, including those related to labor, such as Upwork; transportation, such as Uber; accommodation, such as Airbnb; and dating, such as Tinder. The project will take an interdisciplinary approach, involving ideas from operations management, engineering, and economics.