Meet our core team

Prof. dr. Maarten P. Vink
Principal investigator

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.

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Prof. dr. Hans Schmeets
PhD co-supervisor

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.

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Dr. Mark Levels
PhD co-supervisor

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.

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Dr. Swantje Falcke
Post-doctoral researcher

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.

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Floris Peters
PhD candidate

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.

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Christophe Leclerc
PhD candidate

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.​

Marie Labussière
PhD candidate

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.​

Jolien Linssen
Project officer

Jolien Linssen obtained a bachelor's degree in Humanities from University College Maastricht and a master’s degree in Philosophy from the University of Leuven. Since her graduation, she has been working as a freelance text writer and editor/reporter for radio and television shows. In January 2017, she joined Maastricht University as a project officer for the ERC-funded research projects MiLifeStatus (led by prof. Maarten Vink) and MO-TRAYL (led by prof. Valentina Mazzucato). 

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Meet our research associates

Prof. Dr. Gerard-René de Groot
PhD co-supervisor

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.

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Dr. Anna Tegunimataka
Post-doctoral researcher

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.

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Marloes de Hoon
PhD candidate

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.

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Thomas Huddleston
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.

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MiLifeStatus has received funding from the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (grant agreement No 682626)

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