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CrossMigration is an H2020 project focused at systematic knowledge accumulation in migration studies.

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Three vacancies for new LDE Center on Governance of Migration and Diversity

We are looking for three enthusiastic colleagues for the development of the new LDE (Leiden-Delft-Erasmus) research center on Governance of Migration and Diversity. The center will launch formally on January 1st 2020 and marks the ambition of all three universities to take the successes of the LDE master GMD into the areas of research and impact. The center will be led by scholars from 8 different faculties from the three universities; I will be academic director. The center will be run by a team of four persons, including Dr. Mark van Ostaijen (EUR) as senior executive manger. In addition, we are looking for:

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New book chapter in book 'Briding the Gaps'

Excellent book (edited by Martin Ruhs, Kristof Tamas and Joakim Palme) that has just come out; 'Briding the Gaps; Linking research to public debates and policymaking on migration and integration' (OUP). Including our chapter on Research-Policy Dialogues in Europe, based largely on our research in the DIAMINT project. Book is available in OA here


Opportunity for PhD scholarship for research on Cities of Migration in China

Interested in pursuing a PhD position in our project Cities of Migration? Chinese students that wish to go abroad can now apply for a position with a scholarship from the China Scholarship Council (CSC) for a PhD position at Erasmus University Rotterdam. Application deadline: March 1st 2019.

For more information on the CSC Scholarship Scheme for Erasmus University, click here.

For more information on the project Cities of Migration and in particular the requirements for this PhD position, click here


New book: Coming to terms with superdiversity: the case of Rotterdam

This book, edited together with Maurice Crul and Paul van de Laar, discusses Rotterdam as clear example of a superdiverse city that is only reluctantly coming to terms with this new reality. Rotterdam, as is true for many post-industrial cities, has seen a considerable backlash against migration and diversity. At the same time Rotterdam has become a majority minority city where the people of Dutch descent have become a numerical minority themselves. The book explores how Rotterdam is coming to terms with superdiversity, by an analysis of its migration history of the city, the composition of the migrant population and the Dutch working class population, local politics and by a comparison with Amsterdam and other cities. As such it contributes to a better understanding not just of how and why super-diverse cities emerge but also how and why the reaction to a super-diverse reality can be so different.

The book is available for OA download here: link


Inaugural Address at Erasmus University Rotterdam

Thanks to all who shared this great day with me; my inaugural address at Erasmus University Rotterdam, on 30 November. I hope to continue working in the coming years on the key concepts raised in the inaugural; mainstreaming versus alienation in the dynamics of migration and diversity policymaking. Hopefully the book manuscript on which the inaugural was based, will appear somewhere in 2019. A Dutch version of the inaugural is available for download here


New book: Routledge Handbook to the Governance of Migration & Diversity in Cities (with Tiziana Caponio and Ricard Zapata-Barrero)

The Routledge Handbook to the Governance of Migration and Diversity in Cities focuses on the ways migration and diversity have transformed cities, and how cities have responded to the challenges and opportunities offered. Strengthening the relevance of the city as a crucial category for the study of migration policy and migration flows, the book is divided into five parts:

• Migration, history and urban life

• Local politics and political participation

• Local policies of migration and diversity

• Superdiverse cities

• Divided cities and border cities. 

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New book on the governance of intra-EU movement; 'Between mobility and migration'

The new book, edited together with Mark van Ostaijen, on the governance of intra-EU movement is now published! 'Between mobility and migration' discusses the complexities of conceptualizing intra-EU movement and the consequences for the governance in multi-level settings. The book reveals that the conceptualization of intra-EU movement is complicated not only by political and policy-related factors, but also by the intrinsic diversity of intra-EU movement. Furthermore it shows the consequences of this complexification for governance, revealing amongst others the growing 'disjoint' or 'decoupling' between governance approaches adopted at different levels and in different settings. The book is the outcome of a large European research project, IMAGINATION, covering a variety of European countries. 

The book is available in Open Access, via this link

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CrossMigration Opening Conference in Florence

On May 31- June 1, the Opening Conference of the H2020 project CrossMigration took place at EUI in Florence. After the start of the project in March this year, this project is a first reach out event to the broader academic community in migration studies. The project sets out to promote systematic knowledge accumulation in migration studies. A key output of the conference will be a first taxonomy of migration studies, which is to provide a methodology for systematic knowledge accumulation in the coming years. So expect more news from this project soon!! For the full conference program, click here


New report for (Dutch) Scientific Council for Government Policy on Urban Diversities

Together with Godfried Engbersen, I edited a report for the Dutch Scientific Council for Government Policy (WRR) on urban diversities. It brings together key findings from various European research projects on migration-related diversity in cities, both on how and why different diversities evolve as on the governance implications of different types of diversity. For the full report, click here (in Dutch only).