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Mark M.A.C. van Ostaijen is an assistant professor at the Tilburg School of Governance. In his research he studies how 'smart urban intermediaries' make a difference in neighbourhoods of Amsterdam Nieuw-West. This research is part of NWO Urban Europe 'SmartUrbI' with a comparative focus on Glasgow, Birmingham and Copenhagen. Before he started at Tilburg University, Mark worked at the Netherlands School of Public Administration (NSOB) and as lecturer and PhD candidate at Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) where he worked at the NWO Urban Europe research project IMAGINATION (governance of Central and Eastern European migration).

In June 2017 he succesfully defended his PhD thesis 'Worlds between Words : the politics of intra-European movement discourses' which can be downloaded here (supervised by prof. dr. Godfried Engbersen and prof. dr. Peter Scholten). For this PhD research he was a visiting doctoral researcher at De Montfort University in Leicester (UK). More in general, he published academic and non-academic articles, Dutch and English book chapters about migration, populism, citizenship and (urban) politics. 


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  • Social Philosophy / Social Ethics
  • Political Philosophy / Political Ethics
  • Sociological Theories
  • Public Administration

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Research Output 2011 2019

Legitimating intra-European movement discourses: understanding mobility and migration

van Ostaijen, M., 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Comparative European Politics. p. 1 20 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Review of the book Politics of precarity: Migrant conditions, struggles and experiences, Martin Bak Jørgensen and Carl-Ulrik Schierup, 2016

van Ostaijen, M., 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Politics, Religion and Ideology .

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Rotterdam as a case of complexity reduction: Migration from Central and Eastern European countries

van Ostaijen, M., Snel, E. & 't Hart, M., 2019, Coming to terms with superdiversity : The case of Rotterdam. Scholten, P., Crul, M. & van der Laar, P. (eds.). Springer, p. 153-170 18 p. (IMISCOE Research Series; vol. 2019).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterScientificpeer-review

Open Access

Wij leven in een visie-vacuüm: Interview met Damiaan Denys

van Ostaijen, M., 2019, In : Idee: Tijdschrift van het wetenschappelijk bureau van D66. 2019, april, p. 8-15 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlePopular

Open Access

Between mobility and migration: The multi-level governance of Intra-European movement

van Ostaijen, M. (ed.) & Scholten, P. (ed.), 2018, Springer. (IMISCOE Research Series ; vol. 2018)

Research output: Book/ReportBook editingScientificpeer-review

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Sociologie, niet voor bange mensen

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Interview VDO TV

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Radio 1: Meer sociologie!

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