Anja van Heelsum is associate professor at the Department of Political Sciences and Project Coordinator of EU funded H2020 research consortium Advancing Alternative Migration Governance (AdMiGov). With partner institutes in Greece, Poland, Spain, Belgium, Denmark, Turkey, Lebanon and Ethiopia, the consequences of migration policies on the ground are studied, with the intention to suggest alternatives.
She is particularly fascinated by the interplay between migrants motives and migration policies. With a broad experience as a migration scholar and a teacher of conflict studies, she worked on a variety of subject, including migrants aspirations, the refugee ‘crisis’, refugee reception, local policies on immigrants, ethnicity, political participation of immigrants, migrant organisations, and Islam. She also on expert on Ethiopia, see her personal website.
Anja is a boardmember of the Amsterdam Centre for Migration Research, IMISCOE, and of the journals Ethnic and Racial Studies (ERS) and PanAfrican Journal of Governance and Development (PJGD).