Annual Thesis Prize
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Annual Thesis Prize

Humanitarian Communication Thesis Prize 2021

On Friday, February 18, 2022, the ceremony of the Humanitarian Communication Thesis Prize 2021 will take place in cultural student centre CREA in Amsterdam, if corona measures allow. After an absence of one year, it is the third time that the Expertise Centre Humanitarian Communication (HuCom) will award this prize for the best master’s thesis on humanitarian communication and the representation of international development. In doing so, HuCom, an organisation that is committed to better communication on international development, aims to highlight, stimulate, and recognize research on humanitarian communication. The ceremony will be held from 4-6pm and includes presentations by the selected students. After the ceremony there will be drinks and bites (from 6-7pm) in the CREA Café.

 

For this third edition the Expertise Centre Humanitarian Communication again received theses on humanitarian communication that were submitted to a Dutch or Belgian university in the past year and graded with a 7.5 or higher. After assessing all the entries, the jury – consisting of Gabriel Ramirez Acevedo (HuCom board member, Development Studies, UvA), Judith van der Kamp (Julius Center for Global Health, UMC Utrecht), Esther Philippen (University Centre for Development Cooperation, Brussels), and Dani Haudenschild  (winner of the previous HuCom Thesis Prize) – arrived to the following nine nominees (in alphabetical order):

 

  1. Maria Alejandra Nino Aguirre (New Media and Digital Culture, Utrecht University)
  2. Katie Banks (International Development Studies, University of Amsterdam)
  3. Femke van Heun (International Development Studies, Utrecht University)
  4. Josh McDonald (New Media and Digital Culture, University of Amsterdam)
  5. Elaine O’Donnell (Gender Studies, Utrecht University)
  6. Manon Peek (International Development Studies, Wageningen University)
  7. Isabelle Persson (International Development Studies, Utrecht University)
  8. Marrit Woudwijk (Conflict Studies, Utrecht Universoty)
  9. Katerina Zejdlova (Latin American Studies, University of Amsterdam)

 

During the Humanitarian Communication Thesis Prize 2021, the selected students will present their thesis in Pecha Kucha style (i.e., twenty slides to be shown for twenty seconds each). In addition to the honor, the winner will receive a cash prize of 250 euro. The best presentation will also be rewarded by the jury.

 

The ceremony in CREA starts with a short welcome by the host and the screening of a short film, after which is time for the selected students to present their research and for the jury to announce the winner. At the end of the ceremony there will be drinks and bites in the adjoining CREA Café. The Humanitarian Communication Thesis Prize 2021 is free of charge and open for all to attend.

Humanitarian Communication Thesis Prize 2018 and 2019

In 2018, the first time we organized the Thesis Prize, Emma Vogt won the prize for the Best Thesis, while Miriam Ocadiz Arriaga (now one of our board members!) received a Special Mention for her research and Gabriel Ramirez Acevedo (now also one of our board members!) the prize for Best Pecha Kucha presentation. In 2019, Dani Haudenschild won the prize for Best Thesis, while Brittany Keller won the prize for Best Pecha Kucha presentation. 

 

In 2020 and 2021 we were not able to organize a Thesis Prize, but in 2022 we will host a third edition (if the corona regulations allow)!

 

 

Humanitarian Communication Thesis Prize 2018

Jury reports (Emma and Miriam)
Event photos (by Franck Doho)
Aftermovie (by Elsie Vermeer)

Photo: Franck Doho