Saskia Bonjour on Elected Boards: last episode of TjongeJonge

October 23, 2023

What changes when a research group elects its own leaders? Saskia Bonjour explains how this system works out at her department at the University of Amsterdam.

‘What struck me most, is that it brought so much new energy.’ The department of political science at the University of Amsterdam consists of several programme groups that are now led by elected boards. In this new system, you don’t have to be a full professor in order to lead a programme group. Saskia is proud of this system of governance and explains how it encourages group members to be more involved in the decision-making, but also how it makes her department a more safe environment. 

Saskia Bonjour is Associate Professor in Political Science at the University of Amsterdam.

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