PhD researcher (100%) - Europe’s Migration and Migrant Integration Policies in Uncertain Times

Vrije Universiteit Brussel - Institute for European Studies

The Institute for European Studies (IES) at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) is calling for applications for one full-time doctoral researcher in migration, asylum, migrant integration and citizenship policies. Prospective PhD candidates are hereby invited to submit project proposals on the theme of Europe’s migration and migrant integration management as described below. The deadline for submitting applications is 30 April 2017.

Project description
The ways in which issues of migration and migrant integration are defined and tackled in Europe are changing. The reasons for this are manifold and include the European Union’s (EU) recent ‘migration crisis’, the concern about terrorist attacks, the rise of right-wing populist parties and a growing awareness of the alarming inequalities between immigrants and natives. This call invites candidates to propose PhD projects interested in a better understanding of one of the following aspects of today’s migration management:

  • The politics and policy of migration, asylum and border control in the European Union;
  • Europeanisation, compliance or multi-level governance in the field of migration and migrant integration;
  • Externalisation and internationalisation of migration control (in particular EU-African migration cooperation).

Research proposals are invited that focus on the interaction between the local, regional, national, European or international levels, with a preference for projects that include the EU level. We explicitly welcome research proposals that explore these vertical interactions from a comparative perspective (across policy fields, nation states, or across actor groups).

The successful candidate is required to:

  • hold a Master’s degree in political science, public policy, law or relevant social sciences with excellent study results
  • be fluent in English
  • have a thorough knowledge of the literature on migration and integration policy

For more information on the offer and the selection procedure:

For more information on the Migration, Diversity and Justice Cluster: 

For further inquiries, please contact and 

The IES is committed to creating and supporting a diverse work environment and is an equal opportunity employer.

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