PhD positions at Radboud University, NL – “Reproducing Europe: Migrant Parenting and Contested Citizenship”

Specifications – (explanation)

Location Nijmegen
Function types PhD positions
Scientific fields Behaviour and Society
Hours 38.0 hours per week
Education University Graduate
Job number 24.36.15
Translations en
About employer Radboud University
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Apply for this by 08-11-2015.

Job description

‘Reproducing Europe: Migrant Parenting and Contested Citizenship’ is a five-year research project financed by the European Research Council (2015-2020) and led by Dr Anouk de Koning. The project examines how everyday citizenship is debated, produced and negotiated in a Europe where migrants are increasingly seen as a burden or threat. It examines these negotiations of everyday citizenship through a study of debates, interventions and practices related to migrant parenting in Paris, Milan and Amsterdam. The experiences of Egyptian migrant parents – a relatively new North African and (partly) Muslim migrant group – serve as its vantage point.

The research will be carried out by a project team consisting of six researchers who will work in these three cities. It relies on close cooperation between the various researchers. The team will work together to further elaborate and refine the research approach and the various subprojects and will also co-author a number of publications.

As a PhD researcher you will be responsible for one of the subprojects. You will be located either in Paris, Milan or Amsterdam, where you will conduct ethnographic research on the way Egyptian migrant parents negotiate citizenship in formal and informal encounters related to their parenting, for instance with school representatives or public health professionals, or with neighbours and other parents. Each PhD student works closely with a more senior researcher who will be carrying out a related subproject in the same city.

Your tasks will be to conduct in-depth ethnographic field research and write and complete a PhD dissertation within four years. You will be co-author of a number of publications with other team members and participate in conferences, workshops, seminars and other scholarly activities.Click here for more information about the project.


– a completed Master’s Degree in anthropology or a related field;
– relevant (ethnographic) fieldwork experience;
– excellent command of written and spoken English and proficiency in (Egyptian) Arabic and in either Dutch, French or Italian;
– the ability to finish the PhD thesis in four years, i.e., good skills in planning, taking initiatives, and academic writing.

Conditions of employment

you will be appointed for an initial period of 18 months, after which your performance will be evaluated. If the evaluation is positive, the contract will be extended by 2.5 years
– you will be classified as a PhD candidate (promovendus) in the Dutch university job- ranking system (UFO).
the starting salary is €2,125 per month on a full-time basis, the salary will increase to €2,717 per month in the fourth year (p scale);

Contract type: Temporary, 4 years


Radboud University

Strategically located in Europe, Radboud University is one of the leading academic communities in the Netherlands. A place with a personal touch, where top-flight education and research take place on a beautiful green campus in modern buildings with state-of-art facilities.


Faculty of Social Sciences

The research of the Department of Anthropology and Development Studies is part of the research programme of the Nijmegen Institute for Social and Cultural Research (NISCO), which brings together the disciplines of sociology, anthropology, and development studies.
The Department also participates in CERES, the national Research School for Resource Studies for Development. The Reproducing Europe project contributes to an emergent cross-faculty research and teaching focus on Postcolonial Europe.

Additional information

Dr. Anouk de Koning, project leader;

Radboud University