Mark van Ostaijen MSc MA is a lecturer and PhD-candidate at the Department of Public Administration. He graduated in Leisure Studies MSc. at Tilburg University and after he was awarded a VSB scholarship, he completed his MA European Urban Cultures at the Universities of Brussels, Manchester and Helsinki .
After graduation Mark worked at the Netherlands School of Public Administration (NSOB) in The Hague and three years as researcher and lecturer at the Department of Public Administration (EUR). In 2013 Mark received a NWO Urban Europe Research Grant on the research project: ‘IMAGINATION’, the implications and governance of Central and Eastern European Migration (see for more information the project website).
Currently, as a PhD candidate, Mark studies the socio-political consequences of 'migration' within Europe. He is interested in the multi-level discourses on migration and mobility and how words can become a cause for action. His research is supervised by prof. dr. Godfried Engbersen and dr. Peter Scholten. For between September to December 2016, Mark accepted a visiting research position at DeMontford University in Leicester (UK) (funded by Prins Bernhard Cultuur Fonds).
He published academic and non-academic articles, Dutch and English book chapters about migration, populism, citizenship and (urban) politics. See for more publications his personal website.
As a lecturer he teaches courses in Political Philosophy and Democracy. Besides, he organizes Masterclasses Public Administration (with participation of Jaap de Hoop Scheffer, Jan-Peter Balkenende and Ivo Opstelten).
Next to this, Mark is an affiliated member of the Thorbecke Leerkring and member of the editorial board of the Van Mierlo Stichting.