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

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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). 

New position - Chair in Public Administration, in particular the Dynamics of Migration and Diversity Policies

Since December 2017, I've been appointed as Professor in Public Administration at Erasmus University Rotterdam. My new (endowed) Chair focuses on connecting migration research and public administration research. This involves research to the dynamics of policymaking on migration and (migration-related) diversity at various levels, including the local as well as the national and the European level. The chair’s ambition is to contribute both to theory building in public administration scholarship on policy dynamics and wicked policy problems as well as to migration literature in terms of the comparative dynamics of migration and diversity policymaking. Furthermore, the ambition is to do so in a way that brings together state of the art international research with high quality education at bachelors as well as masters and post-master level. The chair has been supported by the Erasmus Trustfund. 

My inaugural address is to take place on Friday November 30th, at Erasmus University Rotterdam. 

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New report 'Policy Innovation in Refugee Integration'

For the Dutch Department of Social Affairs, I just completed a report with a comparative analysis of innovative policies in refugee integration in 10 European countries. The report signals several trends in innovation (labour market integration first, lack of attention to health and social-cultural interaction), and observes that although most countries adopt a mainstreamed approach, especially those countries with relatively high numbers of refugees choose to complement a mainstreamed approach with more ad-hoc and specific measures. The report was developed with students from the MSc. Programme Governance of Migration and Diversity. Click here to read the report. 

Launch of European Master of Migration Studies (EuMIGS)

Proud to have been at the official launch of IMISCOE's European Master of Migration Studies (EuMIGS). This involves a cooperation of eight master programmes in seven European countries who come from Linköping and Malmö (Sweden), Copenhagen (Denmark), Rotterdam (The Netherlands), Liège (Belgium), Neuchâtel (Switzerland), A Coruña (Spain) und Osnabrück (Germany). Additional partners from Barcelona (Spain), Lyon (France) und Groningen (The Netherlands) are waiting to join at the next possible moment. More information: www.eumigs.eu 


New research project: Theorising urban diversities

New project, awarded under the Erasmus Initiative 'Vital Cities and Citizens', on 'Theorising urban diversities.' 

Project abstract: Cities of migration face increasingly ‘floating populations’ and a growing complexity of migration-related diversity, described also as ‘superdiversity.’ However, there is ‘no one size fits all.’ There will be superdiverse cities, but also multicultural cities, gateway cities, divided cities, expat cities, and many other types. Different types of migration-related diversity can also have different governance implications, both for the governance of diversity in cities (such as integration) as well as for the development of urban identities. This project aims to develop a better theoretical and empirical understanding of different types of migration-related diversity in cities and the implications for urban governance and for urban identities. It consists of three parts. First, conceptualizing and mapping different types of migration-related diversity. Secondly, studying and theorizing implications for urban governance. Finally, analysing the relationship between types of diversity and urban identities.

Year 2017-2018 of the master GMD

The Master Governance of Migration and Diversity has just started its second year. The number of students more than doubled, to 45 for the year 2017-2018. The year was started with a welcome event and a historical migration tour through the City of Rotterdam on August 30th. For more information, see mastergmd.eur.nl 

Just published: Public Policy in Action, Perspectives on the Policy Process

Our book Public Policy in Action: Perspectives on the Policy Process is out now (Edward Elgar Publishers). The book is co-authored by Victor Bekkers, Menno Fenger and me. It explores the policy process from a multitude of perspectives, including rationalism, culturalism, institutionalism and from a political point of view. This allows students to discover key concepts from the policy science literature and gain a deeper understanding of how public policy is discussed academically and shaped empirically. 

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New book on the Mainstreaming of Integration Governance, out now with Palgrave

This book, based on the UPSTREAM project (www.project-upstream.eu), critically analyses the new trend of mainstreaming of integration governance. The book was edited together with Ilona van Breugel. It brings in-depth country studies on new as well as traditional immigration countries in Europe, as well as more theoretical contributions from scholars from the field of gender mainstreaming and administration to reflect on the concept of mainstreaming in relation to migrant integration. The book reveals that mainstreaming in the field of migrant integration is mostly only partial or incomplete, and that hence comparisons between gender and integration mainstreaming may divert our perception of actual policy developments in Europe. Click here for the link to the book. 

Special issue on Policy Learning & Policy Change, available now

Together with Stephane Moyson and Christopher Weible, I edited a special issue for Policy & Society on Policy Learning and Policy Change: Theorizing their relationship from different perspectives. The special issue is now available here. It has contributions from various scholars working in different theoretical traditions of policy sciences, including network analysis, the Advocacy Coalition Framework, constructivism, a phenomenological approach, co-creation and institutional analysis. 

Two H2020 projects awarded

I'm very happy to report that two H2020 projects have been awarded, one as main applicant (CROSS-MIGRATION) and one as co-applicant (ReSOMA). CROSS-MIGRATION aims to promote knowledge integration in the field of migration studies. It will focus on a number of key knowledge questions around migration flows, drivers and infrastructures, and the interaction between these flows/drivers/infrastructures and policies. The project has 15 institutional partners from all over Europe, and will be associated to IMISCOE. ReSOMA aims at the creation of a Research-Social Platform on Migration & Asylum, seeking to initiate dialogues on research and social innovation with key stakeholders from the local, national and EU level. Both projects are to start January 1st 2018. More news to follow soon (after the grant agreements have been due signed). 

IMISCOE continues in Rotterdam until 2022

The IMISCOE Board of Directors has unanimously decided to grant EUR another coordination period from 2018-2022. We are honoured by the confidence that the BD (now 39 member institutes) has put in us as coordinators. This means that I will continue as coordinator of IMISCOE for this upcoming period. Unfortunately Prof.dr. Maurice Crul will stop as co-coordinator. For the new period there will be a number of key policy priorities for IMISCOE:

  • Pursuing a strategy of incremental growth of the network while maintaining the academic quality of the network's activities
  • Strengthening the interdisicplinary character of the network
  • Develing more intelligent strategies for putting IMISCOE's research capacity to use for research funding opportunities such as Horizon2020 and JPI. 
  • Positioning IMISCOE more centrally in the ongoing public and political debates on migration and migration-related diversity
  • Securing an impact rating for the IMISCOE journal CMS.
  • Decentralizing some of the network activities with a view on the future of IMISCOE. 

Launch of Erasmus Migration & Diversity Institute (EMDI)

After years of preparation, the Erasmus Migration & Diversity Institute (EMDI) finally saw the light on March 10th. EMDI is an initiative of four parts of Erasmus University Rotterdam to bring together research on migration and migration-related diversity from various disciplines. This involves the School of Social Sciences, the School of History, Culture and Communication, the Erasmus Law School, the Erasmus MC Medical Faculty and the International Institute for Social Studies (ISS). Together with Prof.dr. Kristin Henrard, Prof.dr. Susanne Janssen and Prof.dr. Des Gasper I will coordinating EMDI. To mark the occasion, Prof.dr. Steven Vertovec came over to EMDI to provide a guest lecture on the governance of superdiversity. 

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