The Societal Challenges Lab is part of both the Faculty of Governance and Global Affairs and the Faculty of Social Sciences at Leiden University in the Netherlands.
The Societal Challenges Lab focuses on studying the factors involved in creating inclusive societies for young people across the globe. Our quest is to understand the intergenerational transmission of social norms and behavioral patterns in different cultural and socioeconomic contexts, and the wider societal repercussions of such processes. Core topics are cultural and gender socialization in families, schools, and societies, and the socialization origins of prejudice. The key questions addressed by the research team of the Societal Challenges Lab are:
One of the main research methods of the Lab's program is video observation in families. A time-consuming method, but one that provides unique opportunities for in-depth quantitative and qualitative analyses of socialization patterns. The team has so far collected and analyzed over 10,000 hours of video materials of ca. 2,000 families in 22 countries. As part of this process, we invest in inclusive science collaborations with academic institutes in the Global South, and in mentoring graduate students from those countries, with the explicit goal of sharing knowledge and scientific opportunities across regional boundaries. In addition, the team analyzes the content of school materials, children's books, and media to uncover the social norms that are implicitly and explicitly transmitted to children.
Finally, outreach activities are an important part of the Lab's profile, working with public institutions, policy makers, professionals, and the general public to co-create and share scientific knowledge that can make a difference to society.
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Bijna uit: twee rapporten over representatie en stereotypen in schoolboeken. De rapporten beschrijven de resultaten van een onderzoek naar gender en etniciteit in brugklasboeken voor wiskunde en Nederlands. De rapporten verschijnen op woensdag 13 november www.judimesman.nl.
Read the blogs on education and children's rights in the month of the 30th anniversary of the international declaration of children's rights. One blog post every day by Judi Mesman and Ton Liefaard to illustrate how schools are faced with several challenges when trying to provide appropriate care and support for vulnerable children. Read the blogs HERE.
November 25, 2019
Discussion about gender and ethnic stereotypes in school books at Pakhuis de Zwijger in Amsterdam. Panel members include Judi Mesman, Daudi van Veen, Sunny Bergman, Miguel Heilbron and others. See HERE for more information (in Dutch).
Are mothers or fathers more sensitive to young children? A study by Marjolein Branger and colleagues discussed at the child and family blog. Read HERE (in English).
Why is it important to reduce gender stereotyping in children's toys? Judi Mesman explains on RTL News. See the episode HERE (in Dutch).
Why is it important to reduce gender stereotyping in children's toys? Judi Mesman explains on Eenvandaag. See the episode HERE (in Dutch).
Symposium at Pharos about sensitive care of children from a cross-cultural perspective. Judi Mesman shares her insights from video observations across the globe. Read more HERE (in Dutch).
Leiden University College (LUC) receives grant for increasing student diversity from ECHO (Students4Students program). The project title is 'from international to diverse' and aims to understand why some groups are underrepresented at LUC, and to use these insights to improve recruitment strategies in this regard. Read more in Dutch or in English.
Breakfast at the Cobra museum with a session discussing visions of the city through the eyes of three generations. Judi Mesman will talk about children's points of view. Read more... (in Dutch)
Editie.nl asks Judi Mesman whether role models are important for girls to strengthen their confidence and foster their ambitions. Watch the episode HERE. (in Dutch)
NEMO Kennislink Live about gender: man of vrouw, roze of blauw. Judi Mesman and Geertje Mak talk about the origins and maintenance of gender roles. Read more HERE (in Dutch).
Finissage of the exposition 'Een ontembare kracht' at the Cobra Museum in Amstelveen. Judi Mesman presents the findings of her study on children's drawings about the future.
The Leiden Loves Science event at the Rijksmuseum voor Oudheden. What makes Judi Mesman tick as a scientist? How did her interest in studying parenting across cultures develop?
Judi Mesman in Me Jane, you Tarzan on NPO3, a series on gender roles and stereotypes. This episode focuses on the role of parents in how children learn about what it means to be a boy or a girl. Watch the episode HERE (in Dutch).
Judi Mesman on Focus radio in an extended interview on gender stereotypes in children's books and other gender socialization mechanisms. Listen to the broadcast HERE (in Dutch).
Judi Mesman speaker at the KNAW symposium about the first 1000 days of child development, 1 October 2018. Read more HERE (in Dutch).
Judi Mesman and Gustaaf Peek kick off the Me, Asian?! event series at Leiden University College, aimed at finding out what it means to be Asian in The Hague. Read more...
Judi Mesman on RTL news
Judi Mesman shows her scientific vision on gender specific child raising and gives some advise for parents who want to be more aware of the way they raise their child in a gender specific way. Watch the fragment HERE (in dutch)
Judi Mesman elected as a member of KNAW
Judi Mesman is elected as a member of the KNAW (Koninklijke Nederlandse Academie voor de Wetenschappen). You can read the article HERE (in dutch)
Annie Romein Verschoor Lecture
On International Womensday, the yearly Annie Romein Verschoor lecture was organized. Minister Jet Bussemaker and journalist Lanyae Aharouay were the speakers on this evening. Read more... (in dutch)