Current projects

1. Norms of inclusion

Saharso’s research projects focus on issues of identity and inclusion in the field of migration. This includes the PhD project of Yazilitas, that aims to explain gender specific study choice patterns by comparing immigrant students’ study choice in different national contexts and the PhD project of Slootjes, which investigates if and if so how the low social participation of migrant women is related to health problems.

Keuzenkamp’s project investigates the low participation percentage of women in the labor market, with projects such as the PhD project of Slootjes (see above, supervised by Keuzenkamp and Saharso); the PhD project of Oudijk and the Postdoc-project of Plaisier on the impact of conditions to combine paid work with care, and the PhD project of Portegijs on the importance of economic independence of women to work part time.

Ghorashi’s research focuses on the experiences of inclusion and exclusion of migrants and refugee women vis-à-vis dominant discourses they are part of, and includes the following PhD Projects: Eijberts on the definitions and practices of integration by migrant women of two generations; Van der Raad on the narratives and strategies of lawyers with a migration background in the juridical field; Scholmerich on the accessibility of prenatal care for women with low economic status; including migrant women’s voices in the policy making on honor related violence (Brenninkmeijer).

Nencel investigates the impact of law on human trafficking, migration and transnational networks on the social and political in- and exclusion of migrants in the sex industry, including the joint project with South Africa on migrant sexworkers in the Netherlands and south Africa, and the PhD project of Ruiz on the ways that the regimes of mobilities create or limit opportunities for migrants who engage in sex work.

Schuster studies the remigration narratives of Surinamese-Dutch in the context of dominant discourses they are part of.

Crul’s research focus is on the mobility changes of second-generation migrants, considering the role of the educations and the chances in the labor market. PhD projects:  Waldering on the experiences of higher educated second generation migrants in the labor market (supervised by Crul and Ghorashi); Ghaeminia about life trajectories of unaccompanied minors who arrived in the Netherlands prior to and after 2001(supervised by Crul and Ghorashi); Mohamedhoessein about the role of internet and social media, and the social and academic integration of immigrant students in universities of applied science (supervised by Crul); Otaredian with socio-emotional and cognitive development of children of immigrants in high schools in The Hague (supervised by Crul and Montero-Sieberth).

2. Heternormality

Parts of the research of Nencel and Keuzenkamp focus particularly on sexuality. PhD projects in this category are:  heterosexuality of youngsters in South Africa (Smuts); the role of gender en heteronormality in experience of gay and bi-sexual youngsters (Van Lisdonk – supervised by Keuzenkamp and Nencel); Hindostani gay and bisexuals in the Netherlands and Surinam (Bakboord).

3. Norms of belonging

Smets’s research is about the (in)formal networks related to liveability and governance on the level of neighborhood. Ghorashi’s research is partly about the notions of home and belonging of different migrant groups. PhD projects: Eijberts on female migrants belonging in the Netherlands; Alinejad on home and belonging of Iranian second generation of migrants in the US; Kovacs on the struggles and achievements of urban communities and their cooperation with stakeholders (supervised by Ghorashi and Smets).