MACIMIDE Visiting Fellows

Junior Visiting Fellows

Lillian Frost started as a Junior Visiting Fellow at MACIMIDE on February 19. She is a Ph.D. Candidate in Political Science at George Washington University (GWU), with primary research interests in forced migration, citizenship, and Middle East politics. Her dissertation project aims to explain variations in the sets of rights and forms of citizenship statuses host states offer to different protracted refugee groups over time, including shifts in formal laws as well as their informal enforcement. Protracted refugees are designated by the United Nations as groups of 25,000 or more refugees with the same nationality living in the same host country for at least five years.
She analyzes this topic using process tracing from 1946–2017 to compare Jordan’s policies toward different groups of Palestinian refugees—the oldest and largest group of protracted refugees in the world. She also examines Jordan’s policies toward Syrian and Iraqi protracted refugees as well as the intersection of these policies and gender discrimination in Jordan’s nationality law. This research engages data from over 800 files collected in the U.S. and British National Archives as well as about 170 semi-structured interviews conducted in English and Arabic over 12 months of fieldwork in Jordan. Her research has received support from the Fulbright U.S. Student Program, Council of American Overseas Research Centers, and GWU Institute for Middle East Studies.
During her three months at MACIMIDE, she will focus on writing and presenting dissertation chapters under the supervision of Prof. Maarten Vink. In doing so, she will assess the similarities and differences in the logic and consequences of citizenship policies in Europe compared to those in less democratic contexts, pulling from and building on the MiLifeStatus project’s research.

Samuel David Schmid is a PhD researcher at the Department of Political and Social Sciences at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy. Supervised by Rainer Bauböck and Maarten Vink, he comparatively investigates the relationship between the openness of borders and the inclusiveness of citizenship.

During his junior fellowship at MACIMIDE in February and March 2018, Sam will work intensively with his co-supervisor Maarten Vink. The aim is to write and present two papers that form the core of the quantitative part of Sam’s thesis. In addition, he will use the opportunity to speak to experts about the politics of immigration and citizenship in Germany, as Germany will be one of his case studies.

Sam will present his paper entitled ‘Open borders versus inclusive citizenship? The dynamic and context-dependent politics of linking immigration and citizenship policies’ in the MACIMIDE/MiLifeStatus seminar on February 28. As Sam’s other research interests also cover immigrant integration outcomes and democratic inclusion, engaging with MiLifeStatus and MACIMIDE will help Sam learn more about the micro-level perspective in migration and citizenship studies.

Learn more about Sam’s work on his website:

Previous Senior Visiting Fellows

[ezcol_1third]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[/ezcol_1third] [ezcol_2third_end] 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.[/ezcol_2third_end]

[ezcol_1third]Thomas Huddleston, Migration Policy Group (MPG)[/ezcol_1third] [ezcol_2third_end] 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 (, 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. [/ezcol_2third_end]

[ezcol_1third]Jørgen Carling, Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO)[/ezcol_1third] [ezcol_2third_end]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.[/ezcol_2third_end]

[ezcol_1third]Heidi Østbø Haugen, Department of Sociology and Human Geography, University of Oslo[/ezcol_1third] [ezcol_2third_end] 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.[/ezcol_2third_end]

Previous Junior Visiting Fellows

[ezcol_1third]Geraldine Asiwome Adiku (PhD student in International Development, University of Oxford)[/ezcol_1third] [ezcol_2third_end]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.[/ezcol_2third_end]

[ezcol_1third]Emma Abotsi (PhD student in Comparative and International Education, University of Oxford)[/ezcol_1third] [ezcol_2third_end]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.[/ezcol_2third_end]

[ezcol_1third]Maria Vivas Romero (PhD student in Social and Political Sciences  at the University of Liege, Belgium)[/ezcol_1third] [ezcol_2third_end]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.[/ezcol_2third_end]

[ezcol_1third]Adrian Shin (PhD student at the University of Michigan)[/ezcol_1third] [ezcol_2third_end] 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[/ezcol_2third_end]

[ezcol_1third]Anna Prokhorova (PhD student in Political Sciences and Sociology at the European University of St Petersburg)[/ezcol_1third][ezcol_2third_end]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.[/ezcol_2third_end]

[ezcol_1third]Francisco Alonso (PhD candidate in Social and Political Sciences, European University Institute, Florence, Italy)[/ezcol_1third] [ezcol_2third_end]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[/ezcol_2third_end]

[ezcol_1third]Afroditi Gavriil (PhD candidate in Political Science, Panteion University, Athens, Greece)[/ezcol_1third] [ezcol_2third_end]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[/ezcol_2third_end]

[ezcol_1third]Ozden Ocak (PhD candidate in Cultural Studies at George Mason University, VA, USA)[/ezcol_1third] [ezcol_2third_end]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[/ezcol_2third_end]

[ezcol_1third]Sakura Yamamura (PhD candidate in Geography, University of Hamburg, Germany)[/ezcol_1third] [ezcol_2third_end]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[/ezcol_2third_end]

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