Professor Dr Paul Frijters
London School of Economics and MBSC, Saudi Arabia
The Netherlands

Function and area of knowledge

Professor of Economics

Physical location

The Netherlands

Areas of Mentorship Interest

Topics for Mentorship

1. New basic textbooks in Economics and Social Science based on a broad historical understanding, combined with empirical and subject-specific expertise. This in principle can be a commercial project leading to widely sellable books, also training the student to be able to teach this subject in future years. What is particularly needed are smart well-organised students willing to engage with new ideas, somewhat ambitious, and mathematically/statistically proficient. 2. A project mapping existing participatory democracy systems and exploring particular alternatives that have not been well-explored, such as random-citizen-based mini-publics with particular roles in he judiciary and major corporations, the use of random-foreign-experts as decision makers in major spending areas, the role of random-alumni mini-publics in funding out-of-mainstream new schools of science, etc. This is expected to lead to papers, videos, and maybe a book. 3. A project into building new summary historical narratives of existing national and supra-national communities built on a realistic understanding of controversial issues like feudalism, genetic ancestry, and inter-group dynamics. The explicit goal is to build historical self-stories that are faithful to historical reality but are also useful to go forward in a constructive manner and hence not innately divisive. The intended output is in terms of videos, short stories, and other forms of communication useful for mass-consumption.

Envisaged activities/program

More detailed projects will be a matter of negotiation. These projects are done without payments by either side. Good candidates will be mixed with my other current students from various existing projects and institutions. You should hence expect to be in regular joint meetings with other students from around the world, learning from each other. The interaction is intended to be pleasant, professional, and good-humoured, yet also challenging.

Other items of interest / links to recommended reading

Check out my opinion pieces at For my academic publications, see

Applicant requirements

– Applicants need to be smart, highly motivated, proven technically capable in something (IT, stats, maths, administration, etc.) and have some shown aptitude and interest in helping others than themselves and in the area looked for. Students with jobs or who are enrolled at existing universities are acceptable and even preferred. Proof of technical capability can take the form of prior relevant education (like a bachelor or PhD in relevant areas), but also achievements in work or other documentable outputs. Proof of a pro-social mindset must be clear from a CV. – Applicants need to be team players and resilient. – Applicants must be willing to engage on Discord and help out with small chores related to the running of Nova Academia. – Applicants cannot be under-age.

Application process

Applications including a CV, a letter of interest that states which project the student wants to pursue and what their own experience in those areas are, can be sent directly via email to, with pdfs or initial simple text acceptable formats. – Candidates with some suitability will then be invited for further discussions. – Attendance at a future initial congress (at own costs) will be required. – If there are many multiple applicants for projects, applicants might be teamed up.