Research School for Economic and Social History


PhD position ‘Roots and routes to migrants’ economic participation in the Netherlands’ (Utrecht University) – deadline 1 March 2023

The Department of History and Art History at Utrecht University is seeking a candidate for a PhD project titled Roots and routes to migrants’ economic participation in the Netherlands: the constraining and facilitating impact of home and host society contexts (1970-2021).

This project utilizes a historical approach to investigate how migrants’ home and host society contexts and their interplay have facilitated or hampered the sustainable economic participation of different groups of African migrants in the Netherlands. We focus on two specific groups: Somali refugees, who have widely struggled in the Netherlands, and Ghanian economic migrants, who have experienced greater success. By ‘economic participation’ both labour market participation as well as self-employment are meant. Economic participation is sustainable if (self-)employment is long term and income is sufficient to cover living costs (i.e., the opposite of precarious work). For more information, see the detailed project description.

The project is part of the transdisciplinary and interdisciplinary research programme SCOOP: Roadmaps to Resilient Societies. For this particular project, the first supervisor and daily supervisor will be from History and the second supervisor will be from Sociology. SCOOP is a research and training centre dedicated to the interdisciplinary study of sustainable cooperation as a key feature of resilient societies. SCOOP brings together researchers of the University of Groningen, Utrecht University, VU Amsterdam, Erasmus University Rotterdam, and Radboud University Nijmegen. The PhD student will participate in the SCOOP PhD Training Programme.

Interviews are scheduled to take place in the second half of March, the application deadline is 1 March 2023 via the AcademicTransfer portal.