A few words about us

GAIC links inquiry of digital innovation,
health and humanities, social sciences and
culture studies. By investigating extraordinary
phenomena in different places, a comparative
and critical perspective with regards to
findings is encouraged. GAIC’s raisons d’être are many. It serves as a platform for intellectual exchange and mutual development, and provides fundamental research training on methodology and development of theory to all its PhD students.

What We Do


GAIC researchers conduct FAIR-based Open Science studies on resilience of communities in the context of globalisation and innovation to help advance perspectives on care for well-being and (mental) health). The group performs interdisciplinary research with a strong emphasis global collaboration of comparative research conducted in different local settings.

PhD Training

GAIC provides its members with weekly methodological training provided by the supervisors, with a focus on ethnography and mixed methods. These weekly trainings are a mandatory part of all PhD students' training and development plans.


GAIC actively encourages its members to take part in colloquia and policy-making activities, such as the Leiden Global Impact in Health Symposium and the European Development Days. In addition, GAIC frequently publishes special journal issues, books and nano-publications with contributions from across the network.

Peer Groups

Every week, peer groups organized across thematic interests meet to discuss articles, help each other along in their research and complete assignments. Peer groups offer a sense of community to their members.



GAIC takes pride in its ability to form connections and alliances. It serves as a partnership between the Africa University Network (AUN) and European Universities. As is evident from this figure, GAIC has blossomed into a truly global phenomenon, cooperating on research into health, data and computer science, education, governance and human security. GAIC has a strong focus on Africa, with 25 partner institutions finding their home there.

Our Principal Investigator

Prof. Dr. Mirjam van Reisen, GAIC’s principal investigator, has an impressive track record in both academia and the policy arena, affecting real, positive change in society. She is Professor of Internationals Relations, Innovation and Care at Tilburg University and Professor of FAIR Data Science at Leiden University Medical Center. Van Reisen is also the Project Director for the Digital Innovation and Skills Hub (DISH), part of the African University Network on FAIR Open Science (AUN). In this role, she contributes to globally accessible, high quality education, data and research. Her teaching experience includes, among others, the University of Pavia, Tilburg University, Amsterdam University College,  Leiden University and the College of Europe.

Additionally, van Reisen is the Director of the organisation Research Advisors & Experts Europe (RAEE) in Brussels. She furthermore coordinates the Virus Outbreak Data Network (VODAN)-Africa  implementation network. She is a Member of the Supervisory Board of PharmAccess. Van Reisen was a member of the Dutch Advisory Council on International Affairs (AIV) and Chair of the Development Assistance Committee (COS) from 2013 to 2020. She was a member of the Board of Philips Foundation and the SNV Netherlands Development Organisation until 2020.

Prof. Dr. Mirjam van Reisen has published extensively on Europe and international cooperation, human rights and human trafficking. She leads research into international  human trafficking, international cooperation, the role of technology and big data and the position of women in peace building.


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