29/07/2018
by Leonhardt van Efferink
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Our Research Paper Template for Textual/Visual/Multimodal Media Analysis

Research Paper Template

If you want to improve your skills in this field, please contact us for our in-house training sessions, or visit these Summer School pages:

Objectives of this tutorial

Developing the structure of your research paper could be a complicated and long process. This is especially problematic if you don’t have much time (left) to write it. This applies for example to the students of our one-week Summer Schools on Textual/Visual Media Analysis. They actually need to write an essay in 72 hours. To enable our Summer School students to quickly decide on their research paper structure, we developed this Research Paper Template (please click on link to download Word file). Continue Reading →

26/07/2018
by Leonhardt van Efferink
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Our Template for Country Risk Reports

Country Risk Reports

Objectives of this tutorial

This tutorial offers you advice on the objectives, structure and analytical aspects of country risk reports. Moreover, you can also freely download our Country Risk Reports Template here. We use the template during our in-house training sessions and Maastricht Summer School. Continue Reading →

20/07/2018
by Leonhardt van Efferink
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Macro-Economic Risk Indicators [Reading List]

Macro-Economic Risk Indicators

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20/07/2018
by Leonhardt van Efferink
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Political Risk Analysis [Reading List]

Political Risk Analysis

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20/07/2018
by Leonhardt van Efferink
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Political Risk Data [Reading List]

Political Risk Data

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20/07/2018
by Leonhardt van Efferink
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Political Risk Indicators [Reading List]

Political Risk Indicators

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19/07/2018
by Leonhardt van Efferink
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GeoMeans Courses at Maastricht Summer School 2018

GeoMeans Courses at Maastricht Summer School 2018In 2018, GeoMeans offers you skills courses at Maastricht Summer School for the sixth time. Leonhardt van Efferink teaches you the skills needed to study political and country risks, geopolitical scenarios and frames, and texts and photos in the (social) media. Moreover, Leonhardt helps you with developing your analytical framework and apply it to a country/data source of your choice. Each of his courses enables you to benefit from his vast research experience in academia, government and the private sector. Continue Reading →

01/07/2018
by Leonhardt van Efferink
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Visual Media Analysis: News Photos, Text-Image Relations and Multimodal Discourses/Frames [Summer School]

Period: 13 – 17 August 2018 (one week earlier than initially announced); Fee: €600; ECTS credits: 2; Program: available by the end of July; Language: English; Application process: Maastricht University; Application deadline: 23 July 2018; Accomodation: Maastricht Housing; Funding: Not available

Media Representations Analysis 1: Texts, Critical Discourse Analysis and News Framing [Summer School]Description
The daily posting of millions of photos on social media, the strong resonance of some magazine covers and efforts by many states to influence the visualization of their foreign military missions underline the importance of visual media analysis. This course teaches you the skills to interpret news images and related sentences, captions and headlines. Continue Reading →

08/12/2017
by Leonhardt van Efferink
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Country Risk Analysis: Growth Potential, Economic Policy and External Finances of Emerging Markets [Summer School]

Period: 16 – 20 July 2018; Fee: €600; ECTS credits: 2; Program: available by the end of June; Language: English; Application process: Maastricht University; Application deadline: 25 June 2018; Accomodation: Maastricht Housing; Funding: Not available

Country Risk Analysis: Growth Potential, Economic Policy and External Finances of Emerging MarketsDescription
The Asian Crisis in 1997-1998, Argentina’s default in 2001 and the recent economic downturns in Brazil, Russia and South Africa underline the relevance of country risk analysis for companies, policymakers and NGOs. This course teaches you the skills to study country risks in Emerging Markets from an economic perspective. Continue Reading →

08/12/2017
by Leonhardt van Efferink
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Political Risk Analysis: Domestic Factors, International Relations and Economic Impact Assessment [Summer School]

Period: 23 – 27 July 2018; Fee: €600; ECTS credits: 2; Program: available by the end of June; Language: English; Application process: Maastricht University; Application deadline: 2 July 2018; Accomodation: Maastricht Housing; Funding: Not available

Political Risk Analysis: Domestic Factors, International Relations and Economic Impact Assessment [Summer School]Description
The recent developments in Turkey, the social unrest in Venezuela and the ongoing conflict in the Ukraine underline the continued importance of political risk analysis for companies, policymakers and NGOs. This course teaches you the skills to analyse political risk drivers and their impact on the economic growth potential of Emerging Markets. Continue Reading →

08/12/2017
by Leonhardt van Efferink
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Geopolitical Scenario Planning: National Security, Geo-Economics and Foreign Policy Strategy [Summer School]

Period: 30 July – 3 August 2018; Fee: €600; ECTS credits: 2; Program: available by the end of June; Language: English; Application process: Maastricht University; Application deadline: 9 July 2018; Accomodation: Maastricht Housing; Funding: Not available

Geopolitical Scenario Planning: National Security, Geo-Economics and Foreign Policy StrategyDescription
The rise of China, increased uncertainty about US foreign policy and growing concerns about natural resources scarcity underline the relevance of geopolitical complexity in international relations. This course teaches you the skills to study geopolitical drivers of inter-state conflicts, write scenarios for these conflicts and assess the impact of these scenarios on the foreign policy strategy of the states involved. Continue Reading →

08/12/2017
by Leonhardt van Efferink
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Geopolitical Framing Analysis: National Images, World Views and Global Dividing Lines [Summer School]

Period: 6 – 10 August 2018; Fee: €600; ECTS credits: 2; Language: English; Application process: finished; Contact Leonhardt for the options to do this course (partially) at your university;

Geopolitical Conflict Analysis 1: Fragmented Identities, Rising Powers and International Security Threats [Summer School]Description
The declaration of independence by Catalonia, BREXIT and phrases such as “Clash of Civilizations”, “Borderless World” and “the End of History” underline the relevance of geopolitical frames. This course teaches you the skills to study geopolitical framing, which concerns the construction of similarities, differences and connections between states. Continue Reading →

08/12/2017
by Leonhardt van Efferink
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Textual Media Analysis: Critical Discourse Analysis, News Framing and Qualitative Research Design [Summer School]

Period: 13 – 17 August 2018; Fee: €600; ECTS credits: 2; Program: available by the end of July; Language: English; Application process: Maastricht University; Application deadline: 23 July 2018; Accomodation: Maastricht Housing; Funding: Not available

Textual Media Analysis: Critical Discourse Analysis, News Framing and Qualitative Research DesignDescription
The ‘fake news’ debate, the tweets of American President Donald Trump and the question whether media should speak of immigrants, refugees or asylum seekers underline the importance of language in (social) media. This course teaches you the skills to study the possible meanings of media texts. Continue Reading →

02/08/2017
by Leonhardt van Efferink
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A Flexible Tool for Impact Assessment of Political Risk Indicators (by Gaia Verhulst)

Our Guest Contributor: Gaia Verhulst

Political Risk IndicatorsIn 2014, Gaia Verhulst obtained a MSc in Comparative and International Politics from the University of Leuven, Belgium. Inspired by her dissertation on traditional leaders and rural development in South Africa, she decided to pursue a Specialised Masters degree in International Cooperation and Development at Università Cattolica in Milan, Italy. Upon graduating with highest honours, she performed several internships in private and non-profit organisations in South Africa and Belgium. She currently works as the Fundraising and Communication Officer of a Belgian development NGO that seeks to enable rural development in the Democratic Republic of Congo. In the future, Gaia aspires to professionally combine her enjoyment of political analysis and her passion for socio-economic development in an international setting, while acquiring country or region-specific expertise.

The Summer School on Political Risk Analysis

In July 2017, I participated in the Summer School “Country Risk Analysis 1: Political Risk Indicators, Geo-Economics and Report Writing” at Maastricht University. With an academic background in international relations and international development, I applied for the Summer School to be introduced to (geo-)political risk analysis, a method that I deemed useful to make multidimensional analyses of (developing/emerging) countries and regions. Participating in the course was a good learning experience because the course was intellectually challenging and practice-based. Exchanging views with a diverse group of students and professionals from four different continents enabled me to open up my perspectives on geo-politics and showed me possible pathways to combine my analytical mind-set with my passion for international development topics. The experience has taught me about the complexity of simplification, whereby history, present, and future are interlinked and influenced by various factors. Continue Reading →

23/12/2016
by Leonhardt van Efferink
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GeoMeans Summer Schools at Maastricht University in 2017

Please check for 2018 editions of these courses: GeoMeans Courses at Maastricht Summer School 2018

We are very happy to teach analytical skills at Maastricht Summer School for the fifth time this year. This page introduces our six courses, but if you want to apply for some of them straight away, please visit the Maastricht University website. GeoMeans organises two courses on geopolitics, two on country risk and two on media representations: Continue Reading →

23/12/2016
by Leonhardt van Efferink
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Geopolitical Conflict Analysis 1: Fragmented Identities, Rising Powers and International Security Threats [Summer School]

Geopolitical Conflict Analysis 1: Fragmented Identities, Rising Powers and International Security Threats [Summer School]Period: 3-7 July 2017

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Description
The civil war in Syria, BREXIT and the unexpected election of Donald Trump as American president all underline the continued importance of national identity, power and security. This course teaches you the skills necessary to study how different ideas about these key concepts can affect geopolitical conflicts. Continue Reading →

23/12/2016
by Leonhardt van Efferink
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Geopolitical Conflict Analysis 2: Geographical Factors, Geostrategy and Scenario Planning Tools [Summer School]

Geopolitical Conflict Analysis 2: Geographical Indicators, Geostrategy and Scenario Planning ToolsPeriod: 10-14 July 2017

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Description
The ongoing Indian-Pakistani rivalry over Kashmir, the recent violence between Azeri and Armenian soldiers related to Nagorno-Karabach and the melting of the Arctic ice cap underline the continued importance of geography in foreign policy and international relations. This course teaches you the skills necessary to develop an analytical framework to study past, present and future drivers of geopolitical conflicts, and their impact on the foreign policy strategy of the countries involved. Continue Reading →

23/12/2016
by Leonhardt van Efferink
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Country Risk Analysis 1: Political Risk Indicators, Geo-Economics and Report Writing [Summer School]

Country Risk Analysis 1: Political Risk Indicators, Geo-Economics and Report Writing [Summer School]Period: 17-21 July 2017

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Description
The recent developments in Turkey, the social unrest in Venezuela and the ongoing conflict in the Ukraine underline the continued importance of political risk analysis for companies. This course teaches you the skills necessary to study political risks, and explore how these risks can affect the economic growth potential of Emerging Markets. Continue Reading →

23/12/2016
by Leonhardt van Efferink
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Country Risk Analysis 2: Macro-Economic Risk Indicators, Causal Chain Tool and Recession Scenarios for China [Summer School]

Country Risk Analysis 2: Macro-Economic Risk Indicators, Causal Chain Tool and Recession Scenarios for China [Summer School]Period: 24-28 July 2017

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Description
The current economic recession in Brazil, the unusual budget deficit of Saudi Arabia and the uncertain growth prospects of China underline the continued importance of country risk analysis for companies. This course teaches you the skills necessary to study country risks in Emerging Markets from an economic perspective, with a special focus on China’s future growth path. Continue Reading →

23/12/2016
by Leonhardt van Efferink
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Media Representations Analysis 1: Texts, Critical Discourse Analysis and News Framing [Summer School]

Media Representations Analysis 1: Texts, Critical Discourse Analysis and News Framing [Summer School]Period: 31 July-4 August 2017

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The role of media before the American presidential elections, the ‘terrorist or freedom fighter’ debates and the question whether European media should speak of immigrants, refugees or asylum seekers underline the continued importance of language in media coverage. This course teaches you the skills necessary to study to study how media texts can be interpreted. Continue Reading →