Post-doc Researcher for the project ‘Transnational political engagement of African Diaspora communities’ [1.0fte, 3 years]

Erasmus University Rotterdam - The International Institute of Social Studies

Erasmus Initiative Vital Cities and Citizens
The Erasmus University has recently launched three so-called Erasmus Initiatives in order to stimulate academic excellence and multidisciplinary collaboration in research. One of these initiatives is the Vital Cities and Citizens project which aims to advance our understanding of the ways in which social and cultural transformations affect urban life. By doing so it enhances cities as places of inclusion, tolerance and cohesion, in which aspirations of diverse, resilient and creative citizens is articulated. The Erasmus Initiative Vital Cities and Citizens is a collaboration between the Faculty of Social Sciences [FSS], the Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication [ESHCC], and the International Institute of Social Studies [ISS . 

The International Institute of Social Studies [ISS] is looking for a
Post-doc Researcher for the project ‘Transnational political engagement of African Diaspora communities’ [1.0fte, 3 years]

Job description
We are looking for a highly motivated post-doc researcher who considers it a challenge to conduct research as part of the Erasmus Initiative Vital Cities and Citizens and ISS. As a postdoc at the ISS you will have ample opportunity to collaborate with renowned academics with an international focus and track record. 

Project description
You will be part of the new research project on ‘Transnational political engagement of African Diaspora communities’. This research examines how Diaspora communities have [self-] organised transnationally between various countries of residence in order to influence local policies, which draws on the notion of political remittances and cultural circulation. These transnational networks are predominantly urban and have become more vibrant and diverse as a result of rapid communication developments. Less is known about their political engagement in countries of residence. Two research questions are central: [i] How do Diaspora communities [especially from Africa] organize themselves locally as well as transnationally, and why? [ii] How and to what extent have these Diaspora communities influenced local policies, or not? You will explore these questions in two poor and diverse neighbourhoods of The Hague, as well as [in a later stage] in Diaspora communities in an African city [to be determined]. 


  • A PhD degree in one of the social sciences [political science, sociology, anthropology, geography, etc.] or in development and/or migration studies.
  • Broad knowledge of development and/or migration studies/diaspora communities, demonstrated by [recent] publications.
  • A solid background in qualitative & quantitative research methods is required as evidenced by the dissertation, publications, research plans, etc. Experience with participatory research approaches is an asset.
  • Strong social skills, including a profound willingness to collaborate and to take initiative.
  • Organisational experience and skills.
  • Proficiency in spoken and written English. Non-English speakers have to meet the C1-standards of the Common European Framework [CEF]. Proficiency in other [relevant] languages is an asset. 

ISS is committed to building and sustaining a community based on inclusiveness, equity and diversity and believes this contributes to our mission and vision of being the best institute in our field.  ISS is an equal opportunities employer and encourages applications from candidates of all genders, ethnicities and nationalities. Given the mission of the institute, particularly candidates with a non-Dutch background are stimulated to apply. 

For more information on the research duties, background on the project, employment conditions and how to apply, please view the full profile via Apply before September 1, 2017 by e-mail to

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