Impact - Community Migration

Community Migration

Tilburg University researchers in the field of migration are strongly anchored in society and often work in close collaboration with societal organizations such as IOM , CoMensha and the Council for Refugees. With the establishment of Tilburg Migration Community (TiMiCo), we aim to connect researchers working on migration and adjacent fields at the different schools, in order to stimulate interdisciplinary research and to create synergies between our respective research and teaching activities.

By connecting insights from different disciplines, TiMiCo will have an important role in contributing to find solutions to the societal challenge of migration. Consequently, TiMiCo’s mission is to strengthen interdisciplinary research in the field of migration, to bring together different expertise and as such boost research output, with the ultimate aim to contribute to improve policy-making on international migration and integration.

Research fields

Migration Trajectories
  • dr. Christof Van Mol

Christof Van Mol is Assistant Professor of Sociology at the Department of Sociology. His research interests are international migration processes, patterns and outcomes, with a specific focus on international student mobility. Methodologically, he is experienced with quantitative, qualitative and mixed-method research. He published extensively on international student mobility and migration in leading journals including Geoforum, Higher Education, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, and Population, Space and Place. His book on intra-European student mobility (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014) received the 2016 Best Book Prize in Sociology of Migration (RC31) of the International Sociological Association.

Keywords: International Student Mobility, Determinants of Migration, Outcomes of Migration

  • prof.dr. Conny Rijken

Conny Rijken is Professor of Human Trafficking and Globalisation at Tilburg Law School. Over the last twenty years Rijken conducted extensive research on various aspects of Trafficking in Human Beings including the European perspective, migration, labour exploitation and human rights and inclusion and exclusion through migration. Central in her research is the focus on human rights and engagement with the position of the individual. Conny Rijken is part of the GRETA expert group since 2021.

Keywords: Human Trafficking, Global Migration, Victimigration

  • prof.dr. Mirjam van Reisen

Mirjam van Reisen is Professor International Relations, Innovation and Care at Tilburg University. 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.

Van Reisen received the Golden Image Award in 2012 by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.

  • dr. Amy Weatherburn

Amy Weatherburn is co-coordinator of the Master in Victimology and Criminal Justice. She has  socio-legal expertise in international and European fundamental rights, human trafficking and migration. Her research focuses upon the decent working conditions of migrant workers and the labour mobility of migrant workers.

Keywords: Labour Exploitation, Human Trafficking, Fundamental Rights

Migration Governance
  • Annick Pijnenburg LLM

Annick Pijnenburg is a PhD Researcher at Tilburg Law School. She has an interdisciplinary background, combining social sciences (BA) and law (LLB, LLM), with a strong focus on international human rights law. Annick has previously worked at various international and non-governmental organisations, including the EU Fundamental Rights Agency and the Council of Europe.

Keywords: Migration Deals, Responsibility, Human Rights

  • Lukasz Dziedzic LLM

Lukasz Dziedzic is PhD Researcher at the Legal Philosophy Group of the Department of Public Law and Governance. His research consists of a philosophical and legal-doctrinal analysis of the significance and meaning of the principle of solidarity and fair sharing of responsibility in the Common European Asylum System.

Keywords: Solidarity, Fairness, Migrant Agency

  • Michael Bender Ph.D.

Michael Bender is Associate Professor at Tilburg School of Social en Behavioral Sciences. He studies groups and culture, particularly acculturation, international student adjustment, threat, and identity. He is passionate about infusing culture into the curriculum and care about the methodological appropriateness of our empirical tools. He uses quantitative, qualitative, and mixed-methods (e.g., surveys, experiments, diary studies, experience sampling, longitudinal studies).

Keywords: Culture, Acculturation, Intercultural Competence

  • Laurence Blavier MSc

Laurence Blavier studied Victimology at Tilburg University. She researched a labour market integration program from the COA and IOM. She now provides legal aid to status holders at Vluchtelingenwerk. Her area of interest is migration of vulnerable groups: integration, family reunification, and migration flows. She conducted interview-led qualitative research.

Keywords: Integration, Reunification, Eritrea

  • prof. dr. Odile Heynders

Odile Heynders is Professor Comparative Literature at Tilburg School of Humanities and Digital Sciences. Her field of interest is contemporary literature, media and politics, authorship and (new) publics. Her current research project is on experiences of migration in literature and in particular on how literary texts provide knowledge that can be used in various research disciplines.

Keywords: Literature as Social Knowledge, Author as Public Intellectual, Experience as Structure of Feeling

  • dr. Chintan Kella MBA

Chintan Kella is Lecturer at Tilburg School of Economics and Management. He is interested in how marginalized actors can organize themselves to change the very institutions that constrain them. In doing so, where and how do they garner social capital, resilience and trust. CK deploys ethnographical and qualitative tools to capture these complex and dynamic undercurrents in our society.

Keywords:  Social Entrepreneurship, Institutional Change, Organizational forms

  • dr. Brigitte Kroon

Brigitte Kroon is Assistant Professor in Human Resource Studies at Tilburg School of Social and Behavioral Sciences. She researches HRM policies, work conditions and worker wellbeing in the context of small organizations and low skilled work. She combines a business- with an ethical/employee perspective (decent work). Publications include projects on causes and consequences of precarious and decent work conditions for migrant workers in e.g. agriculture and warehouses.

  • dr. Hans Siebers

Hans Siebers is Associate Professor at the Department of Culture Studies. He does research in Dutch organizations on the factors and mechanisms that produce inclusion and discrimination against people with a migration background in hiring and in work settings. Factors include nationalism, racism and stereotyping. Mechanisms include ethnic boundary making and soft skills control. Favourite research methods: questionnaires and interviews. 

Keywords: Discrimination, Inclusion, Migrants

  • prof. dr. Kutlay Yagmur

Kutlay Yagmur is Professor of Language, Identity and Education in the Department of Culture Studies. He studied and served at different universities around the globe: Australia, France, the Netherlands and Turkey. He serves as a member of the Editorial Board of two international journals: Language Culture and Curriculum; and International Journal of the Sociology of Language.
Keywords: Multilingualism, Language and Identity, Immigration Studies

  • dr. Alice Bosma

Alice Bosma is Assistant Professor at the Department of Criminal Law. By combining different quantitative, qualitative and legal methods, her research aims at improving the acknowledgment of victims of various types of serious crimes in the criminal justice system and beyond.

Keywords: Victimology, Acknowledgment, Voice

  • dr. Marloes van Noorloos

Marloes van Noorloos is Associate Professor at the Department of Criminal Law. Her research interests include the criminalisation of hate speech; terrorism and criminal law; and transitional justice. Van Noorloos is a member of the Meijers Committee of Experts on International Immigration, Refugee and Criminal law.

Keywords: Hate speech, Terrorism, Transitional Justice

  • dr. Massimiliano Spotti

Massimiliano Spotti, ethnographer and sociolinguist with a vivid interest in power saturated institutional environments (e.g. Dutch as a second language classrooms, municipalities, immigration offices) in which identities of asylum-seeking applicants are at stake. He is currently developing a research line that deals with the implications, the advantages and disadvantages of socio-technological platforms in the determination or rejection of asylum-seeking applications across Europe. He also started working on the multimodal and discursive analysis of didactic digital media for Dutch as an L2 trying to unravel the canonical construction of Dutch identity presented through them to newly arrived migrants following integration classes.  

Keywords: asylum seeking, digital socio-technological platforms, ethnographic research, linguistic landscaping

  • dr. Linnet Taylor

Linnet Taylor is Associate Professor at the Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology, and Society (TILT). Her research focuses on digital data, representation and democracy, with particular attention to transnational governance issues. She leads the ERC Global Data Justice project, which aims to develop a a conceptual framework for the ethical and beneficial governance of data technologies on the global level. The research is based on insights from technology users, providers and activists around the world.

Keywords: Data, Undocumented Migration, Africa

  • dr. Mariangela Veikou

Mariangela Veikou is Researcher at the Department of Public Law and Governance. Her main research interests lie in the governance and rhetoric on migration and asylum in Europe, meanings of citizenship, cultural diversity and integration with a recent focus on the digital dynamics in society. Her methodological expertise is in narrative approach, ethnographic research and the visual incorporated in ethnographic work.

Keywords: Rhetoric and Representation, Citizenship, Cultural Diversity

  • dr. Laura van Waas

Laura van Waas is Assistant Professor at the Department of European and International Law and a founder and Co-Director of the Institute on Statelessness and Inclusion, the only human rights NGO dedicated to working on statelessness at the global level ( Her work focuses on the right to a nationality and the nexus with (forced) migration, child rights, sustainable development and counter-terrorism.

Keywords: Nationality, Citizenship, Statelessness

  • dr. Helen Oosterom-Staples

Helen Oosterom-Staples is an EU-migration law specialist whose research focusses on lawful residence of EU citizens, third-country nationals and their family members and the interplay between these regimes. Her knowledge of EU law in general provides her tools to fit EU migration law into the broader picture of the EU’s legal framework

Keywords: Entry Rights, Residence Rights, Judicial Protection

  • dr. Chiara Raucea

Chiara Raucea is Assistant Professor at the Department of Public Law and Governance (PLG). In her research, Chiara combines doctrinal legal research and philosophical analysis to examine the link between legal statues (like citizenship, long-term and permanent residence), political inclusion, and participation in the production and distribution of social goods.  

Keywords: European Migration Law, Citizenship, Residence rights

Migration and Development
  • dr. Joris Wagenaar

Joris Wagenaar is currently an assistant professor at the Tilburg University. His research focus is on Humanitarian Logistics and on Transportation. He has much experience with developing effective data science and simulation methods that can be applied in practice. Currently, Joris is working on a project for refugee camps in case of epidemics or a pandemic. How should the food, water and medicine supply be arranged while including intervention measures against the spread of a dangerous virus as Ebola or SARS-CoV-2. Even more, how can the design of refugee camps be organized such that intervention measures can be applied without losing efficiency. To investigate this, mathematical and simulation techniques are required.