Research programmes


Family, Welfare & Work (FWW)

The research line Family, Welfare & Work (FWW) analyses changes in family ties, welfare, and work in relation to demographic, economic, and institutional changes. It maps these changes across a wide range of countries and regions. FWW plays a central role in the development of The Netherlands Kinship Panel Study (NKPS), an international highly acclaimed panel survey that allows the examination of family and kinship ties in the Netherlands.

FWW has three research foci: Families, Welfare, and Work. Firstly, FWW unravels the ways in which policies and economic and cultural contexts structure gendered and generational interdependencies in families. It examines the risks for social inequality and social exclusion that are related to divisions of care and financial responsibilities between men and women in families, the (informal) market, civil society, and public arrangements. Secondly, it analyses the interplay between developments in social security systems, collective labour agreements, and labour market regimes in dealing with old and new social risks. Thirdly, FWW examines changes in the labour market position and participation of various groups (women, older workers and young professionals) and their labour conditions and labour relations.

Contact: prof. dr. Pearl Dykstra

Citizenship, Migration & the City (CIMIC) 

The research line Citizenship, Migration & the City (CIMIC) analyses the consequences of globalization in terms of new patterns of citizenship, migration and spatial structures. CIMIC is an interdisciplinary research group, rooted in the Department of Sociology, and closely working with scholars from public administration and criminology. CIMIC coordinates the IMISCOE Research Network. With 29 institutes from a wide range of European countries, IMISCOE holds a key position in the field of migration and integration studies. CIMIC has three research foci: Citizenship, Migration & Integration and the City.

CIMIC analyses the interplay of neo-liberal and communitarian (migrant) integration and welfare state policies and the shift from formal to moral or cultural citizenship. Secondly, CIMIC studies the role of the (supranational) state in defining differential opportunities for various categories of migrants, such as irregular migrants, asylum seekers and different categories of EU and non-EU labour migrants. CIMIC conducts also extensive research on migrant elite formation and transnationalism. Thirdly, CIMIC analyses the local consequences of international migration and economic restructuring for cities and its residents, including the attempts of governments to regulate and steer urban development and migrant integration.

Contact: prof. dr. Godfried Engbersen