Society

'Financial advice should be accessible to everyone'

Marjolein de Jong27 November 2023
„It's not right that personal financial advice is only available to the wealthy,” argues Ehsan Ramezanifar.

CO2 Compensation by fossil fuel industry exposed as hot air

Marjolein de Jong27 November 2023
Oil companies compensating for their emissions? „Nonsense!", says Mathieu Blondeel. „It's like buying their souls a ticket to climate heaven."

Racism in elderly care: an overlooked problem

Marjolein de Jong27 November 2023
According to Saskia Duijs, racism in the workplace is an overlooked issue. „The harm is concealed in the silence of white colleagues and supervisors."

Writer Joke J. Hermsen on nostalgia: 'We all long for a lost time.'

Marjolein de Jong27 November 2023
For Joke J. Hermsen, studying at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam felt like being reborn. „I came home to myself.”

'I have often had to fight against the label 'refugee''

Marjolein de Jong20 November 2023
Wahhab Hassoo, who fled from Iraq, reached VU Amsterdam through vocational education. Now, he's on the list for parliamentary elections.

Millennial Pastor David van der Meulen: A Modern Beacon in the City

Marjolein de Jong11 September 2023
David van der Meulen isn’t a typical pastor. He doesn't align with one church and mostly connects with millennials that don’t identify with religion.

Economist Bas Jacobs: 'People keep asking me whether another financial crisis is imminent’

Redactie VU Magazine15 May 2023
Economist Bas Jacobs keeps tumbling from one economic crisis into the next. „Ideally, our economies should be more resilient to major shocks."

VU lecturer Petra Verdonk: ‘Criticising your own organisation is frowned upon’

Marjolein de Jong15 May 2023
Senior lecturer Petra Verdonk is proud to call herself a climate activist and is now also fighting the climate crisis during office hours.

‘Sports are like a magnifying glass for social issues’

Marjolein de Jong15 May 2023
There is rampant discrimination in sports, yet we believe it to be justified, argues Marjan Olfers, professor of Sports and Law at VU Amsterdam.

‘The West will have to run just to keep up with countries like China’

Marjolein de Jong12 May 2023
Philosopher and political scientist Haroon Sheikh explores the intersection between new technologies such as AI and changing global relations.