In his previous research project at Tilburg University, SmartUrbI, he conducted etnographic fieldwork on how 'smart urban intermediaries' make a difference in neighborhoods of Amsterdam, Glasgow, Birmingham and Copenhagen. Before he started at Tilburg University, Mark worked as lecturer and PhD candidate at Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) and at the Netherlands School of Public Administration (NSOB).
In 2013 (together with prof. dr. Godfried Engbersen and prof. dr. Peter Scholten) he received a NWO Urban Europe Research Grant on the research project ‘IMAGINATION’ which resulted in his PhD dissertation 'Worlds between words', awarded as ‘Best PhD thesis’ by the Erasmus Graduate School.
During his PhD research he was one of the founders and chairman of the IMISCOE PhD network, an Organizing Committee Member of the Interpretive Policy Analysis (IPA) conference in Leicester (UK) and a visiting doctoral research fellow at De Montfort University (UK).
Recently, he published a Dutch book ‘Wij zijn ons. Een kleine sociologie van grote denkers’ (Vantilt / Boom, 3th edition), (see here for coverage at NRC, Volkskrant, ND and VN) a Committee Member of the Colloquium Critical and Interpretive Public Administration at the Netherlands Institute of Government (NIG), editor of Beleid & Maatschappij and columnist for Sociologie Magazine.
Peter Scholten, Mark Ostaijen, Godfried Engbersen & Erik Snel (2017) - Multilevel governance from below: how Dutch cities respond to intra-EU mobility - Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 44 (12), 2011-2033 - doi: 10.1080/1369183X.2017.1341707
Mark Ostaijen (2016) - De wil van Wilson. Onder bestuurskundigen: een reflectie op de zelfreflectie en een pleidooi voor bestuurskunde als politieke wetenschap - Bestuurskunde, 25 (4), 94-104 - doi: 10.5553/Bk/092733872016025004010
Mark Ostaijen & SS (Shivant) Jhagroe (2015) - "Get those voices at the table!": Interview with Deborah Stone - Policy Sciences, 48 (1), 127-133 - doi: 10.1007/s11077-015-9214-0