Write the best thesis or dissertation
on regional socio-economic restructuring
win 5,000 Euros!
Sometimes, a region faces the challenge of reinventing itself. This might happen when an important industry disappears or the population shrinks, for example.
South Limburg was such a region. After the mines closed, 75,000 jobs vanished, and this had consequences for employment but also naturally impacted the economy. The closing of the mines also left its mark on society. This was visible in the statistics on crime, but also in the number of divorces. In spite of these setbacks, the region rose again. New jobs were created and problems were overcome. This was an interesting process that continues to this very day.
Are you conducting research on how a region can reinvent itself after major change? If so, submit your thesis or dissertation and compete to win the Kremers Award. The Kremers Award is a prize for the best thesis or dissertation on socio-economic restructuring.
Get inspired and see who won the Kremers Awards in 2017!
By creating the Kremers Award, Stichting Behoud Mijnhistorie (Foundation for the Preservation of Mining History) aims to encourage students and PhD candidates to study socio-economic innovation in regions and to write their thesis or dissertation on this topic.
Closing of the mines
winners of the 2017 Kremers Award
2017 was the year of the woman. The Kremers Award was no exception; the winners were all women that same year. Not only did they appear to be extremely capable of identifying and analysing socio-economic developments in regions, they also offered concrete and innovative solutions to social and economic problems which they also succeeded in implementing.
from left to right: Lucy Gray (stand-in for Anika de la Flor), Katja Sillen, Anke van Helmond and Merel Donkers. (photographer: Pascal Moors)
Merel Donkers, Anke van Helmond and Carolien Kloosterman – HAS University of Applied Sciences in Den Bosch
Anika de la Flor – Maastricht University
Heleen Coenen – Maastricht University
Katja Sillen – Maastricht University
Theses or dissertations which are submitted for the Kremers Award must satisfy the following criteria:
What kinds of educational and cultural demands does a restructuring place on a region? What role do mergers, innovation, labour mobility, sustainability and so on play in this process?
• Theses and dissertations must be submitted before 1 September 2019
• Submit theses to: firstname.lastname@example.org
• A team led by Prof. Dr. Hans Kasper will screen and evaluate the submissions
• A short list will be provided to the jury on 1 October
• The jury will decide the ultimate winner in each category
• The Kremers Awards will be presented in November 2019 (date and location to be announced)
Dr. J. Kremers – Chairman
J.M.G.M. Gelissen – CEO Gelissen Group
Drs. P.J.J.M. Swinkels – former CEO of Bavaria
Ir. J. Zuidam – former member of the Managing Board DSM
Drs. Th.J.H.M. Bovens – King’s Commissioner for the Province of Limburg
Prof. Dr. W.B.H.J van de Donk – King’s Commissioner for the Province of Noord-Brabant
Mr. Arent van der Feltz – President of the Executive Board of Open University
Drs. E.C. Meijer – President of the Executive Board of Fontys Universities of Applied Science
Ir. J.H.J. Mengelers – President of the Executive Board of the Technical University Eindhoven
Prof. Dr. M. Paul – President of Maastricht University
Drs. D.J. Pouwels – President of the Executive Board of HAS University of Applied Sciences
Dr. Luc Verburgh – President of the Executive Board of Zuyd University of Applied Sciences