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Doctoral scholarship, Environmental Migration - 2018BAPFSWEF290

The Faculty of Social Sciences is seeking to fill a full-time (100%) vacancy in the Centre for Migration and Intercultural Studies for a

Doctoral scholarship holder in the area of Environmental Migration

Climate change and migration are both emerging and polarizing themes that characterize the 21st century and are increasingly related to each other (IPCC 2014). Migration has been of all times and spaces and people have migrated, both voluntarily and involuntarily, for environmental, economic, political, humanitarian, social and cultural reasons (Massey 1990; Massey et al. 1998; Bates 2002; Carling 2002a; 2002b; 2014; De Haas, 2010a; 2010b; Czaika and De Haas 2011; McLeman and Gemenne 2018). Over the last decade, more attention have been given to the growing importance of environmental reasons to migrate. Academics and policymakers have become increasingly aware of the fact that climate changes are happening at a never seen rate and affect the lives and livelihoods of millions of people in a very profound way across the globe (IPCC 2014). Although social and political conflicts that have been arisen from environmental changes are not new, the emerging and accelerating impact of climate change on people’s living conditions has changed. Climate change effects have increasingly put migration reasons under pressure (Evans 2009; TGOFS 2011; IPCC 2014) and caused many people to migrate (Gemenne and Blocher 2016). The interplay between migration and environmental factors evolve gradually and mutually influence each other. Although policy makers, non-gouvernmental organisations have increasingly put these so-called ‘climate change migrants/refugees’ on the political agenda, in an attempt to change existing policies and weigh on the public opinion, academic research on this topic is lagging behind. More research is necessary on the framing of environmental migration, the perceived linkages, the (perceived) interplay between distinct migration motivations and its consequences, and the narratives of migrants (in Belgium). The Centre for Migration and Intercultural Studies (CeMIS) at the University of Antwerp has one vacant PhD position in this field of research.

Job description

  • You prepare a doctoral thesis in the field of Social Sciences.
  • You publish scientific articles related to the research project of the assignment.
  • You contribute to teaching and research in the Centre for Migration and Intercultural Studies.
  • You conduct qualitative research on environmental migration and displacement.

Profile and requirements

  • You hold a master degree in social sciences (Sociology, Anthropology, Political Sciences) or other relevant disciplines (Geography).
  • You can submit outstanding academic results.
  • Students in the final year of their degree can also apply.
  • Your academic qualities comply with the requirements stipulated in the university’s policy.
  • You are quality-oriented, conscientious, creative and cooperative.

We offer

  • a doctoral scholarship for a period of 2 years: renewable for a period of two years after positive evaluation;
  • the start date of the scholarship 1st of November 2018;
  • a dynamic and stimulating work environment.

How to apply?

  • Please send your application, accompanied by your CV and cover letter and a research proposal of max. 2500 words to until the closing date 1st of October 2018.
  • A pre-selection will be made from amongst the submitted applications. The quality of the research proposal will be crucial for the selection procedure.
  • The remainder of the selection procedure is specific to the position and will be determined by the selection panel.
  • The interviews of the candidates, preselected by a selection panel, will take place on the 8th and 9th of October 2018.
  • For questions about the profile and the description of duties, please contact Prof. dr. Christiane Timmerman ( or dr. Lore Van Praag (

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