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.
In 2015, the United Nations (U.N.) formulated an intergovernmental resolution officially known as Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which includes 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), involving 194 U.N. Member States, as well as global civil society. Examples are: No poverty (1), Good health and well-being (3), Quality education (4), Gender equality (5), Reduced inequalities (10), and Promoting just, peaceful, and inclusive societies (16). These SDGs represent key global societal challenges that reflect the ambition to foster inclusive societies with equal rights, opportunities and access to resources across diverse populations.
These issues reflect the need for insights into the development, socialization, and cognitive underpinnings of societal inequalities in historical and sociocultural context, as well as the roles of governance, politics, laws, and economics in the maintenance versus reduction of inequalities. The key questions addressed by the researchers affiliated with the Societal Challenges Lab indeed transcend traditional disciplines:
The research program adopts a lifespan perspective, studying processes from early childhood into adulthood that might explain the ontogeny of inequalities and possible solutions. This includes the study of childhood socialization processes regarding citizenship and identity in multiple contexts (e.g., family, schools, neighborhoods), the study of educational, vocational, and lifestyle choices in the transition to adulthood, and the investigation of civic engagement, interaction with the physical environment, intergroup ideologies, and societal role-taking in adulthood. In each of these life stages, it is crucial to examine the changing and stage-specific roles of the (inter)national political, institutional, cultural, environmental, and economic context.
Judi Mesman on RTL news (May 2018)
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)