Maarten Oranje is a member of this network. He presented this paper at the IBHA Conference 2016.
I graduated in European Studies from the University of Amsterdam. I live in Utrecht and work at Cordaid, an international NGO based in The Hague. My current work focuses on system change and data analysis in the most fragile states of the world. At the 2014 and 2016 IBHA Conferences, I gave presentations on political history from a Big History perspective.
Why did you join Big History European Network?
It had been an idea pursued by myself and some others since 2014. A movement like Big History, I believe, has great relevance both in and outside the academic world.
What do you want to achieve personally from your membership?
I aspire to become part of a network of like-minded people, and have a fruitful exchange of ideas with them.
What do you want this network to achieve?
Continuous exchange, online and in real life, perhaps in the form of summer schools. As well as more institutional embedding of Big History in European schools, universities and other relevant institutions.
PBF/RBF Data Expert at Cordaid
Where international relations, history and data meet, my expertise comes together. I carry with me experience in data analysis and financial management in the development sector. My educational background is in European Studies, while I have traveled on all continents except Antarctica.
Currently, I work on data management and analysis, in programs aimed at system strengthening in fragile African states, such as Ethiopia, Uganda, Sierra Leone and the Central African Republic. These projects concern the introduction of Performance Based Finance (PBF) schemes in the Healthcare or Education sector of these countries, enhancing access, quality and accountability.
By my involvement in Big History, I am looking for a fresh perspective on the field of International Relations. Big History is an interdisciplinary academic endeavour: by telling a coherent narrative from the Big Bang until the present, it bridges the gap between the sciences and the humanities. I presented at the 2014 and 2016 IBHA conferences on topics related to political evolution.