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Aug 2, 2017

Anthropology Matters

by Patrick Hazard

Erasmus Initiative Vital Cities and Citizen 

The Erasmus University has recently launched three so-called Erasmus Initiatives, through which academic excellence and multidisciplinary collaboration in research is stimulated. One of these is the Vital Cities and Citizens project which aims to (1) to advance our understanding of the ways in which social and cultural transformations affect urban life – and (2) by doing so – to help cities thrive as places of inclusion, tolerance and cohesion, and better articulate the aspirations of their diverse, resilient and creative citizens. The Erasmus Initiative Vital Cities and Citizens is a collaboration between the Faculty of Social Sciences (FSS), the Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication (ESHCC), and the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS).

The International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) is looking for a

PhD-candidate Refugee Care (f/m, 1.0fte)

Job description

We are looking for a highly motivated PhD-candidate who considers it a challenge to conduct PhD research as part of the Erasmus Initiative Vital Cities and Citizens and ISS. As a PhD-candidate, you will have ample opportunity to collaborate with renowned academics with an international focus and track record.

Project description 

The project will consist of a mixed method in-depth case study of refugee initiatives, governance and assistance in selected cities in Lebanon. Whereas refugees would until recently only be recognized when they resided in camps, Syrian refugees have massively opted to self-settle in cities. In Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey, 90% of the refugees live outside the camps. The question is how bottom-up innovations of refugees with self-help groups, informal settlements and entrepreneurial activities affect refugee governance, refugee care, and the relation with the host-population?


  • A master’s degree in social sciences or humanities;
  • Broad knowledge of development and/or refugee and/or migration studies;
  • A solid background in both qualitative and quantitative research methods is required as evidenced by the master’s thesis, publications, research plans, etc.;
  • Strong social skills including a profound willingness to collaborate and to take initiative;
  • Organisational experience and skills;
  • Proficiency in spoken and written English. Non-English speakers have to meet the C1-standards of the Common European Framework (CEF);
  • Preference will be given to researchers of Syrian nationality

Employment conditions

Employment starts 1 November 2017 on a temporary 3-year contract. The conditions of employment are in accordance with the Dutch collective labour agreement for universities (CAO NU). The annual salary ranges between EUR 35–39K gross on a 38 hours p/wk contract.

The International Institute of Social Studies is committed to building and sustaining a community based on inclusiveness, equity and diversity and believes this will contribute to our mission and vision of being the best institute in our field. ISS is an equal opportunities employer and encourages applications from candidates of all genders, ethnicities and nationalities. Given the mission of the institute, particularly candidates from non-Dutch background are stimulated to apply.

How to apply

Next to your cover letter, resume, publication list (if possible) and the name and contact details of two referees, ISS requires all PhD applicants to show they have done preparatory work on the above topic of study by way of a research proposal of approximately 2500 – 3000 words. For more information regarding the research proposal, click here. To view the full vacancy, please see Please apply before 1 September 2017 by e-mail to

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