BOURSE DE THESE “Personal Aspirations and Processes of Adaptation: How the Legal framework Impacts on Migrants’ Agency”, UCLouvain, Belgique — LIMITE: 26/02/2019

The Centre for Demographic Research of the UCLouvain (Belgium – www.uclouvain.be/demo) recruits a PhD student to work on the ARC-funded LIMA project.

“Personal Aspirations and Processes of Adaptation: How the Legal framework Impacts on Migrants’ Agency”

 Job description

The PhD researcher will work in collaboration with the lead researchers. He/she will develop a research project in the area of migration and integration, with a focus on asylum seekers and refugees in Belgium. The research will make use of large-scale longitudinal databases on migration, administrative status and employment (population register, crossroads bank for social security), and survey data on migration and integration in Belgium

Profile

  • Master in demography, quantitative sociology or related discipline.
  • Strong quantitative skills, preferably with individual longitudinal data.
  • A good knowledge of STATA and/or R.
  • Interest in international migration and integration research.
  • Good writing skills.
  • Good working knowledge of English and/or French.

Conditions

  • Starting date: between March 2019 and July 2019.
  • Duration: 18 months.
  • The selected candidate will have to apply for additional funding.
  • Net monthly allowance of 1,940 €.

Application

Applications will include a complete CV, a motivation letter, a one-page research proposal and the names and addresses of two reference persons who can be contacted.

Applications should be sent (by e-mail) before February 26, 2019 to

Bruno SCHOUMAKER – bruno.schoumaker@uclouvain.be

Centre de recherche en démographie – Université catholique de Louvain

The LIMA Project: “Personal Aspirations and Processes of Adaptation: How the Legal framework Impacts on Migrants’ Agency”

The LIMA project examines how legal frameworks – Belgian and European – correlate with third country national migrants’ agency. The scientific aim is twofold: understand how legal frameworks shape migrants’ professional, family and migratory trajectories and life projects; and analyse if, and which strategies migrants develop to bend the rules and circumvent obstacles, and/or use the opportunities offered by legal systems to fulfil their professional and family aspirations. This interdisciplinary project is conducted by researchers in migration law, demographers and sociologists.