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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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