JOB: Post-doc Researcher for the project ‘Transnational political engagement of African Diaspora communities’

DEADLINE: 1 September 2017 

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) is looking for a highly motivated post-doc researcher who considers it a challenge to conduct research as part of the Erasmus Initiative Vital Cities and Citizens and the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS). As a postdoc at the ISS, applicant will have ample opportunity to collaborate with renowned academics with an international focus and track record.

Project description

Applicant will become part of the new research project on ‘Transnational political engagement of African Diaspora communities’. This research examines how Diaspora communities have (self-) organised transnationally between various countries of residence in order to influence local policies, which draws on the notion of political remittances and cultural circulation. These transnational networks are predominantly urban and have become more vibrant and diverse as a result of rapid communication developments. Less is known about their political engagement in countries of residence. Two research questions are central: (i) How do Diaspora communities (especially from Africa) organize themselves locally as well as transnationally, and why? (ii) How and to what extent have these Diaspora communities influenced local policies, or not? You will explore these questions in two poor and diverse neighbourhoods of The Hague, as well as (in a later stage) in Diaspora communities in an African city (to be determined).

Research tasks

  • Conducting research within the framework of the Erasmus Initiative Vital Cities and Citizens, specifically the project “Transnational political engagement of African Diaspora communities”.
  • Contributing to the data collection and data-analysis. Next to being based in The Hague, a period of 10-12 months fieldwork in Africa will be realized.
  • Presenting research results at international conferences and publishing articles in international peer reviewed journals.
  • Assisting in the organisation of workshops and other knowledge sharing activities.
  • Performing organizational tasks in the context of the Erasmus Initiative Vital Cities and Citizens and the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS).
  • Participating in project meetings, seminars, and workshops organised by the Erasmus Initiative Vital Cities and Citizens and the ISS.


  • A PhD degree in one of the social sciences (political science, sociology, anthropology, geography, etc.) or in development and/or migration studies.
  • Wide ranging knowledge of development and/or migration studies / diaspora communities, demonstrated by (recent) publications.
  • A solid background in both qualitative and quantitative research methods is required as evidenced by the dissertation, publications, research plans, and other projects. Experience with participatory research approaches is an asset.
  • Strong social skills, including a profound willingness to collaborate and to take initiative.
  • Organisational experience and skills.
  • Proficiency in spoken and written English. Non-English speakers have to meet the C1-standards of the Common European Framework (CEF). Proficiency in other (relevant) languages is an asset.

How to apply

Cover letter should include a motivation statement for the proposed research. The selection committee will invite a limited number of candidates for an interview.

Applicants should please send application letter with their resume, and their publication list, plus the names and contact details of two referees, before 1 September 2017 by e-mail to Please mention “Application Postdoc Diaspora”. Applivant will receive a confirmation e-mail within 10 days; interviews are planned to take place in mid-September.


DEADLINE: 1 September 2017 

More  information about the vacancy can be obtained from dr. Kees Biekart: or visit the official webpage HERE.


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