MACIMIDE Visiting Fellows

Senior Visiting Fellows


Thomas HuddlestonMigration Policy Group (MPG)
 Thomas Huddleston is Programme Director on Migration and Integration at the Migration Policy Group. He coordinates MPG’s research on legal immigration and the integration of migrants and refugees, which largely focuses on national and EU policies and their effectiveness for integration outcomes. His areas of expertise focus on the quantitative measurement and evaluation of the success or failure of integration policies to respond to the specific needs of migrants and refugees and to facilitate their integration process over time. He designed and supervises as International Research Coordinator of the Migrant Integration Policy Index (www.mipex.eu), the Refugee Integration Evaluation Mechanism (NIEM) and the recent EU content of the European Website on Integration (EWSI). He has coordinated research for the EU’s Indicators on Migrant Integration, the third edition of the European Commission’s Handbook on Integration, the Immigrant Citizens Survey and the UNHCR Budapest’s pilot of the Refugee Integration Evaluation Tool. He is a member of the consortium of EUDO-Citizenship, the main source of information on citizenship policies in Europe and the Americas. His specific thematic areas of expertise include family reunification, naturalisation, immigrant political participation and the education of migrant and refugee children (SIRIUS network). He also chairs the quarterly migration subgroup of the NGO Platform on EU Migration and Asylum.


Jørgen Carling, Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO)
Jørgen Carling is Research Professor at the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO). He has been a Visiting Fellow at the Netherlands Interdisciplinary Demographic Institute (2003), the University of Oxford (2005), and the National University of Singapore (2010). His research addresses a broad range of themes related to migration and transnationalism, including migration theory, migration management, transnational families, remittances, and the links between migration and development. While at MACIMIDE, Jørgen will be based at the Maastricht School of Governance / UNU-MERIT.


Heidi Østbø Haugen, Department of Sociology and Human Geography, University of Oslo
Heidi Østbø Haugen is postdoctoral research in the Department of Sociology and Human Geography of the University of Oslo. She is one of the foremost specialists studying Africans in China. She worked for the United Nations World Food Programme in West Africa and in the Department of Research of the Norwegian Ministry of Education and Research. While at MACIMIDE, Heidi will be based at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.


Junior Visiting Fellows


Geraldine Asiwome Adiku (PhD student in International Development, University of Oxford)
Research project: The remittance debate reconsidered: Reverse remittance practice among Ghanaian migrants in England and their network members in Ghana. Supervisor: Valentina Mazzucato (Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Technology & Society Studies). Fellowship period: 1 October 2016 – 31 March 2017.


Emma Abotsi (PhD student in Comparative and International Education, University of Oxford)
Research project: Better off back home?Education, career trajectories and the reconfiguration of transnational livelihoods among the Ghanaian diaspora in Ghana. Supervisor: Valentina Mazzucato (Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Technology & Society Studies). Fellowship period: 10 October 2016 – 3 December 2016.


Previous Senior Visiting Fellows


Isabel Ruiz, Official Fellow in Economics at the Harris Manchester College, University of Oxford and a Research Associate at the Centre on Migration Policy and Society, COMPAS, University of Oxford
Isabel Ruiz works primarily in the area of international and development economics. Her recent research focus has been on the economic consequences of international migration. Isabel is one of the researchers in “The Labour Market Impacts of Forced Migration” project (funded by UK DFID and IZA) and has done extensive research on remittances, FDI and financial markets. Isabel will spend one month with the team at UNU-MERIT and its School of Governance.


Previous Junior Visiting Fellows


Maria Vivas Romero (PhD student in Social and Political Sciences  at the University of Liege, Belgium)
Research project: Who cares for those who cared? An Ethnography on Ageing Domestic-Workers’ Transnational Negotiations for Social Protection. Supervisor: Valentina Mazzucato (Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Technology & Society Studies). Fellowship period: 1 April 2016 – 30 June 2016.


Adrian Shin (PhD student at the University of Michigan)
Adrian Shin has been awarded a GROW Visiting Fellowship (Graduate Research Opportunities Worldwide) from the Dutch Science Foundation NWO, in collaboration with the US National Science Foundation, to do fieldwork in Europe for his PhD project Primary Resources, Secondary Labor: Resource Booms and Immigration Policy in the Netherlands and Scandinavia. He will be supervised by Prof. Maarten Vink (Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Political Science)Fellowship period: January-June 2016


Anna Prokhorova (PhD student in Political Sciences and Sociology at the European University of St Petersburg)
Research project: Citizenship regime and migrants’ integration policies. Supervisor: Prof. Maarten Vink (Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Political Science)Fellowship period: 1 February 2016 – 30 April 2016.


Francisco Alonso (PhD candidate in Social and Political Sciences, European University Institute, Florence, Italy)
Research project: Irregular migration to the European Union, development and violence in North Africa. Supervisor(s): Melissa Siegel and Hein de Haas (Maastricht Graduate School of Governance & UNU-MERIT)Fellowship period: 15 September 2014 – 15 February 2015


Afroditi Gavriil (PhD candidate in Political Science, Panteion University, Athens, Greece)
Research project: Between foreignness and citizenship: the statuses of quasi-citizenship and denizenship in Greece: a comparative study. Supervisor(s): Maarten Vink and Costica Dumbrava (Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Political Science). Fellowship period: 17 November 2014- 17 May 2015


Ozden Ocak (PhD candidate in Cultural Studies at George Mason University, VA, USA)
Research project: Theorizing France’s Ministry of Immigration and National Identity: Borders, Populations and National Identity in Postcolonial Europe. Supervisor: Melissa Siegel (Maastricht Graduate School of Governance & UNU-MERIT). Fellowship period: 15 September 2014 – 15 December 2014


Sakura Yamamura (PhD candidate in Geography, University of Hamburg, Germany)
Research project: The transnational spaces and homes of Third Culture Kids and their families in the network of Global Cities. Supervisor: Valentina Mazzucato (Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Technology & Society Studies). Fellowship period: 1 January 2015 – 31 June 2015


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