Prof. dr. Maarten P. Vink
Maarten P. Vink holds the Chair of Political Science with a focus on Political Sociology at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at Maastricht University. He is Co-Director of the Maastricht Center for Citizenship, Migration and Development (MACIMIDE), as well as Co-Director of the Global Citizenship Observatory (GLOBALCIT). Vink specialises in research on the politics of citizenship and migration in a comparative context. He has presented his work in the European Parliament, at the European Commission, the Council of Europe, UNHCR and in various national capitals.
Prof. dr. Hans Schmeets
Hans Schmeets is professor in social statistics at Maastricht University and senior researcher at Statistics Netherlands. He is in charge of various statistical research projects including social capital, social cohesion, wellbeing, public opinions, religion, political participation, and organ donation. He also works for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) in the capacity of statistical analyst to assess the quality of elections in Election Observation Missions.
Dr. Mark Levels
Mark Levels is senior researcher at the Research Centre for Education and the Labor Market (ROA) of Maastricht University, fellow of the Maastricht Graduate School of Business and Economics and associate member of Nuffield College, Oxford. He is affiliated with the NWO to help coordinate a national data operation on Dutch education, and held visiting research positions at the EUI, Oxford and Harvard, and was a fellow at CIDER.
Dr. Swantje Falcke
Swantje Falcke is a post-doctoral researcher at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at Maastricht University. She obtained a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Mannheim and a master’s degree in Economics of Public Policy and Management at Utrecht University, where she also completed her PhD. Her research interests include: migration, citizenship, ethnic penalties and public policy.
Dr. Anna Tegunimataka
Anna Tegunimataka is a post-doctoral researcher in Demography and Economic History at the school of Economics and Management, Lund University, Sweden, where she also obtained her PhD in June 2017. Her research interests include immigrant integration, citizenship, education and family dynamics. Results from her previous studies have been presented to both Swedish and Danish policymakers.
Floris Peters is a PhD candidate at the Department of Political Science at Maastricht University since January 2014. Furthermore, he is part-time researcher at Statistics Netherlands. He holds a Bachelor degree in General Social Sciences and a Master degree in Multiculturalism in Comparative Perspective, both from the University of Utrecht, where he graduated in 2012. His research interests include citizenship acquisition and socio-economic integration of first-generation immigrants, as well as donor registration in the Netherlands.
Marie Labussière is a PhD candidate at the department of Political Science at Maastricht University since August 2017. She holds an engineering degree from the French National School of Statistics and Economic Analysis (ENSAE), and has obtained a Master’s degree in Social Sciences specialized in interdisciplinarity in Paris (École Normale Supérieure / École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales). Her research interests include: citizenship acquisition, education outcomes, intergenerational effects, and gender issues.
Christophe Leclerc is a PhD candidate at the department of Political Science at Maastricht University since August 2017. He holds a bachelor degree in European Studies as well as a research master in European Studies from Maastricht University. His master thesis focused on the link between social capital and voter turnout at general elections in EU countries. His research interests include: citizenship acquisition, health outcomes, and housing conditions.
Research Master in European Studies
Mira Seyfettinoglu is a student in the MSc European Studies (research master), specializing in European Foreign Relations and Quantitative Methods at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at Maastricht University. She completed her BA in European Studies with Cum Laude with her quantitative thesis on why states adopt “Citizenship-by-Investment” programs. Currently, she is supporting Prof. Vink by conducting legal analysis for a novel dataset on the reacquisition of citizenship from 1960-2018. Previously, she has contributed to the Dual Citizenship dataset (GLOBALCIT) soon available on Harvard Dataverse. Mira holds a scholarship from the German Academic Scholarship Foundation and is the Student Ambassador of her MSc cohort in European Studies.
Mathias Thorkildsen is a bachelor student at the European Law School at Maastricht University. He holds a diploma in hispanic studies from the University of Salamanca.
Yleen Goffin - Simonis
In September 2017, Yleen started working as project officer at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASoS) at Maastricht University. She provides support for the ERC-funded research projects MiLifeStatus (led by prof. Maarten Vink) and MO-TRAYL (led by prof. Valentina Mazzucato). Furthermore, she supports the research and training programme New Approaches in the Conservation of Contemporary Art (NACCA) (led by prof. Renée van de Vall), funded by the European Union H2020 Programme, and the Maastricht Centre for Arts and Culture, Conservation and Heritage (MACCH) (led by dr. Vivian van Saaze).
Pieter Bevelander is professor of International Migration and Ethnic Relations at the Department of Global political studies and Director of MIM, Malmö Institute of Studies of Migration, Diversity and Welfare, Malmö University, Sweden. His main research field is international migration and different aspects of immigrant integration as well the reactions of natives towards immigrants and minorities.
Prof. Dr. Gerard-René de Groot
Gerard-René de Groot is Emeritus Professor of Comparative Law and Private International Law at Maastricht University. He is a leading international expert in the field of nationality law. He has published books and reports on nationality law. He was also invited by the Council of Europe and the UNHCR to work on several international instruments.
Marloes de Hoon
Marloes de Hoon joined the Maastricht Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences in January 2016 as a PhD candidate. Her research project is part of the recently founded Institute for Transnational and Euregional Cross Border Cooperation and Mobility (ITEM) and focuses on residential trajectories of asylum migrants in the Netherlands, including both internal and international (onward) moves. Her broader research interests include (cross-border) human mobility, immigrant integration and social cohesion.
Bilisuma B. Dito
Bilisuma is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Society Studies, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of Maastricht. She is a Development Economist with research expertise on gender and intra-household resource allocation behavior in developing countries, and African transnational families in Europe and well-being outcomes. Bilisuma has a particular interest in understanding how transnational households behave and operate and in developing indicators to measure power relations in transnational and migrant households in the context of international migration.
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Eva Ersbøll is a Senior Researcher at the Danish Institute for Human Rights. Her research focuses on nationality law, acquisition and loss of nationality, statelessness, reduction of statelessness and rights of stateless persons, EU citizenship and free movement rights, migration including undocumented migrants, integration and integration tests, access to information, force used against children and mentally ill adults who are placed in institutions etc. Eva Ersbøll has a particular interest in the relationship between national and international law.
External PhD candidate
Thomas Huddleston is Programme Director on Migration and Integration at the Migration Policy Group (MPG). e coordinates MPG’s research on legal immigration and the integration of migrants and refugees, which largely focuses on national and EU policies and their effectiveness for integration outcomes. His specific thematic areas of expertise include family reunification, naturalisation, immigrant political participation and the education of migrant and refugee children.
Assistant Professor in Quantitative Methods
Luana Russo is an Assistant Professor in Quantitative Methods. She is a quantitative political science scholar with a large experience in working with ecological and geographical data. Her substantive research interests are in comparative politics, electoral and political behavior, political participation, electoral geography and quantitative methods. She holds a PhD from Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna (2011). She has been a visiting scholar at Columbia University and she has worked at Science-Po Paris and Université Lille 2. Her articles have been published in Quality & Quantity, Geojournal, Italian Political Science Review, French Politics and other journals.