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Post-doctoral Researcher on the Governance of Social Citizenship and Migration

The Institute of Public Administration and Leiden University College of the Faculty of Governance and Global Affairs, have a vacancy for a Post-doctoral Researcher on the Governance of Social Citizenship and Migration

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Turfmarkt, Den Haag, Zuid-Holland
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
36 - 38 uur


In the period 2019-2023, Leiden University’s Executive Board (CvB) will invest 3.5 million euros in the inter-disciplinary focus area ‘Citizenship, Migration and Global Transformations.’ Within this initiative, funding for the pillar on ‘Social Citizenship and Migration’ allows the Institute of Public Administration and Leiden University College to jointly appoint a post-doctoral researcher.

Many European countries face a wide variety of challenges resulting from old and new migrations, which raise questions regarding perceived threats and opportunities transpiring from ethnic diversity, integration and social participation, racism, and the need for (re-)defining national identity, belonging, civic responsibilities and the sustainability of national social welfare regimes. These challenges test the limits of cross-national and cross-generational solidarities, addressing the very foundation of governance and society. Solutions that have been formulated range from policies and regulations for immigration, to education and stimulating social participation to restructuring the welfare state. Importantly, challenges are not only related to migrants but pertain to all social groups, who, in varying degrees, are faced with questions regarding identity, solidarity, belonging, hospitality and compassion, as well as participation in politics and society. These questions all refer to what we call social citizenship, which is not about nationalities recorded in a passport, but about feelings and practices of belonging, responsibilities and loyalties.

The overall aim of this programme is to analyze how developments in immigration and social citizenship provide and provided challenges and opportunities for the governance of societies and to inform theory and practice. Several societal and governance issues related to citizenship (e.g. housing, social conflict over ideology, moral values, exercising of rights) have become even more complex due to recent developments in immigration. These themes have been studied before, but not sufficiently in conjunction and not from multiple, integrated, perspectives.

The Postdoc will work in a sub-project that is embedded in the Institute of Public Administration and Leiden University College. This sub-project will be focused on the analysis of social citizenship and migration from a socialization and a governance perspective. The combination of these perspectives is necessary to understand the interplay between individual beliefs, socialization processes, and the governance of migration-related issues. It will highlight relevant socialization and governance mechanisms across several domains, including the family, education, welfare, media, and commerce at both the local and national level, analyzing how individuals develop their perceptions of social citizenship and their own and others’ roles in society.

Key responsibilities

  • Conduct innovative research within the framework of the programme Social Citizenship and Migration;
  • Prepare research grant applications;
  • Coordination tasks within the research programme Social Citizenship and Migration;
  • Submit research results for publication in academic journals;
  • Present papers at international conferences;
  • Actively disseminate the research findings;
  • Organise and participate in seminars, workshops and conferences of the programme.


  • A PhD in public administration, economics, political science, political economy, sociology or another discipline that is relevant for the Institute of Public Administration and Leiden University College;
  • Excellent research qualities relevant for the research profile of the Institute of Public Administration and Leiden University College, demonstrated for example by (international) publications. Ideally, the research of the candidate is related to the programme Social Citizenship and Migration;
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English and the ability to effectively communicate with external audiences;
  • Knowledge of the Dutch language is considered an advantage. If the successful applicant is not fluent in Dutch, he or she will be expected to learn Dutch within a period of approximately two years;
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills and ability to work constructively in a team;
  • Available as of 1 January 2020.


We offer a fixed-term post for the period of four years. Salary range from €3.637,- to €4.978,- gross per month (pay scale 11, in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities).

Leiden University offers an attractive benefits package with additional holiday (8%) and end-of-year bonuses(8.3 %), training and career development and sabbatical leave. Our individual choices model gives you some freedom to assemble your own set of terms and conditions. For international spouses we have set up a dual career programme. Candidates from outside the Netherlands may be eligible for a substantial tax break. More at: Job application procedure and employment conditions.

Additional information

Leiden University is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from members of underrepresented groups.

Enquiries can be made to prof. dr. Olaf van Vliet, email: o.p.van.vliet@law.leidenuniv.nl, phone: +31 71 527 8551, and prof.dr. Judi Mesman, email: j.mesman@luc.leidenuniv.nl, phone: +31 70 800 9176.