The team

The team behind the research project 'Sport and Nation' consists of four researchers. Please click on each separate name for more information on each member of the team.

Project leader: Dr Gijsbert Oonk

Gijsbert Oonk is a Global Historian whose research and teaching activities are in the field of Global History, especially African and Indian History, Migration, Citizenship, Capitalism and Inequality, and Sport.

Jacco Sterkenburg

Jacco van Sterkenburg works as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Media & Communication at Erasmus University. Amongst other topics, Van Sterkenburg’s research focused on race/ethnicity and gender in mediated football; media, migration and diversity in a Dutch and European perspective and cultural racism.

Godfried Engbersen

His current research activities focus on irregular migration, the relationship between restrictive migration regimes and crime, local and transnational citizenship as well as liquid migration from Central and Eastern Europe.

Gijs van Campenhout

Gijs van Campenhout is a PhD Candidate at the Department of History. Van Campenhout focuses on the history of ‘nationality transfers’ of football players in the context of elite migration, changing nationality and ‘complex citizenship’ issues. 

Joost Jansen

Joost Jansen is a PhD candidate at Erasmus School of Social and Behavioural Sciences (Department of Public Administration and Sociology). His research activities specifically cover the sub project that studies athletic migration in the context of the Olympic Games. 

Wesley van de Breul

Wesley van de Breul is a PhD Candidate at the Department of History. In his project, Wesley studies how local fandoms deal with and give meaning to the emergence of African migrant-players in football.