Dr. Anja van Heelsum is Project Coordinator of EU funded H2020 research consortium Advancing Alternative Migration Governance (ADMIGOV) at the Department of Political Science. Together with 12 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.
Dr van Heelsum has been involved with the Institute for Migration and Ethnic Studies (IMES) since 1997 and is particularly fascinated by the interplay between migrants motives and migration policies. Her complete personal website provides more info and papers online. With a broad experience as a migration scholar, 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. Regional specialisations are: the Mediterranean area (Spain, Greece, Turkey, Morocco) and Africa (Somalia, Sudan, Ethiopia). She applies a multidisciplinary approach to migration and ethnic studies, where insights from psychology, political science, sociology and anthropology meet.
Dr. van Heelsum has been part of many international research teams, such as the CLIP network, the EURISLAM team and currently the ADMIGOV team. She's a member of the European Network for Immigration, Integration and Social Cohesion (IMISCOE) and involved in Metropolis International, which is largest international network of researchers, policy makers, and community groups engaged in identifying, understanding, and responding to developments in migration and diversity. For her sabatics she was a visiting researcher in Rabat (Morocco) and Ethiopia (University of Mek'ele and Addis Abeba). Also, she is board member of the journal Ethnic and Racial Studies.
Teaching and PhD supervision (2019)
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