Comparative Domestic Policy fellowships awarded
The German Marshall Fund of the United States is pleased to announce the fellowship winners of the 2006 Comparative Domestic Policy program -- Aaron Napartek, Martin Rosenberg, and Heleen Terwijn. Each winner will receive a $10,000 grant supporting their short- and long-term projects comparing American and European domestic policies.
Aaron Naparstek, a freelance journalist and editor of streetsblog.org, is taking a look at urban development through innovative policies to reduce motor vehicle traffic and enhance alternative modes of transportation, such as the use of bicycles and public transportation. He will visit a select group of European cities where civic leaders are working to design and implement policies to reduce motor vehicle traffic and to enhance mass transit, bicycle, and pedestrian infrastructure. In addition, Mr. Nararstek plans to meet with the key figures involved in European traffic reduction and Livable Streets initiatives.
Martin Rosenberg, the editor-in-chief of EnergyBiz magazine, is examining the lessons of renewable energy in Europe, the carbon trading system, and the future of fusion technology. His work will focus on the surge in European investment in renewable energy and the business and policy implications for U.S. utilities, in addition to the utility business as viewed from Europe.
Heleen Terwijn, the founder and general manager of the Dutch IMC Weekend School, will focus her work on the role of mentors in motivating disadvantaged children to achieve, examining cases in both Europe and the U.S. At her weekend school, Ms. Terwijn observes that learning from role models goes quite naturally for some groups, while others, the majority, have trouble doing so. In the U.S., she observed that role models come more natural that in Holland. Her research will center on understanding how the mechanisms of learning from role models works.
The Comparative Domestic Policy (CDP) program facilitates and promotes the exchange of best practices across the Atlantic in the urban, regional, and social policy arenas.