PhD Position in Urban Housing Conditions and Policies for Migrants

3 weeks ago

Utrecht University

Dutch, English

About Us

☀️ We work on a better future In order to do that, we join forces with academics, students, alumni, social partners, the government and the corporate world. Together, we look for sustainable solutions to the big challenges of today and tomorrow. ☀️ And we receive praise for that For instance, the Shanghai Ranking has ranked us among the best 50 universities around the world and on a top spot in the Netherlands. Alumni such as Marjan Minnesma (Urgenda), Feike Sijbesma (DSM) and Cathelijne Broers (Hermitage) devote themselves around the clock to humanity and society. And our researchers work together on an interdisciplinary and international level in our four strategic research themes. ▪️ Dynamics of Youth ▪️ Institutions for Open Societies ▪️ Life Sciences ▪️ Pathways to Sustainability

About the Role

You will work on a NWO-NSFC project about urban housing of migrants in the Netherlands and China. This is a collaboration project between Utrecht University, Wageningen University, three Chinese universities and societal partners in the two countries. The main aim of this project is to improve the social integration of migrants in China and the Netherlands by gaining a better understanding of the impact of social housing programmes and market forces on the urban housing of different migrant groups, and by assessing the impact of innovative social housing programmes on the social integration of migrants. Your main tasks will be to investigate urban housing conditions and problems of different migrant groups in the Netherlands. You will analyze existing datasets to examine the driving forces underlying the housing outcomes. Also, you will analyze housing support programmes and policies for migrants and conduct quantitative and qualitative field research in Dutch cities to understand their practical outcomes. Besides, you will stay a few months in China for knowledge exchange and collaboration with Chinese partner universities of the project. You will have to be proactive in finding and analyzing empirical sources. Moreover, you will write scientific articles, participate in workshops, conferences and attend relevant courses (e.g. on research design, research methods and writing scientific texts in English), and complete a PhD dissertation within four years.

What You're Gonna Do

- developing the project proposal on the basis of academic literature; - designing research instruments such as questionnaires and interview guidelines, and gathering information using these instruments; - analyzing the data you gather yourself (interviews, surveys, policy documents) as well as secondary data; - writing articles for academic (English) and practical (Dutch) purposes; - giving presentations at Dutch and international conferences; - teaching duties within the Department of Human Geography (max. 0.1 FTE/year).

About You

- a (Research) Master's degree (completed or near completion) in human geography, planning, social sciences or a related field; - knowledge of and affinity with migration and/or housing issues; - research experience in quantitative (e.g. statistical analysis, regression model) and qualitative methods (e.g. document analysis, in-depth interviews); - competence in writing academic papers (evident from your individual Bachelor's thesis, Master's thesis and/or other publications); - an excellent command of written and spoken Dutch and English; - the ability to make independent decisions, and develop, implement and complete plans satisfactorily within the framework of the project and the given time frame; - affinity with working in an international setting; - a proactive attitude; - strong social and communicative skills.

What We Offer

We offer a temporary position (1.0 FTE), initially for one year, with extension to a total of four years upon successful assessment in the first year, and with the specific intent that it results in a doctorate within this period. The gross salary ranges between €2,325 in the first year and €2,972 in the fourth year (scale P according to the Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities) per month for a full-time employment. Salaries are supplemented with a holiday bonus of 8% and a year-end bonus of 8.3% per year. In addition, Utrecht University offers excellent secondary conditions, including the choice for a good balance between work and private (a good arrangement for leave, among other things), an attractive retirement scheme, (partly paid) parental leave and flexible employment conditions (multiple choice model).

International Candidates

This job is available for international candidates.