Despite having a welfare state, economic inequality remains a policy challenge in the Netherlands. Whereas the Dutch Ministry of Education (Ministerie van OCW) has made “equality of opportunity” one of its priorities, a recent study of CBS Netherlands shows that families with a m
Despite having a welfare state, economic inequality remains a policy challenge in the Netherlands. Whereas the Dutch Ministry of Education (Ministerie van OCW) has made “equality of opportunity” one of its priorities, a recent study of CBS Netherlands shows that families with a migration background are four times more likely to live in poverty than other families – even after controlling for education levels. Furthermore, this disparity has been on the rise in the last 30 years. If education levels cannot explain the widening economic inequality between different groups in society, then what is the real problem?
This project will investigate the origins of this economic inequality. It hypothesizes that, in the context of increasing regular and irregular migration flows, coupled with heightened focus and emphasis on religious identity, perceived ethno-religious identity is a significant contributing factor to economic in/exclusion, and subsequent economic inequality in the Netherlands. It will utilize a mixed methods approach to address the research question.
The supervision team consists of Prof. Erin Wilson (Faculty of Theology) and dr. Richard Jong-A-Pin (Faculty of Economics and Business). The PhD student will be enrolled in the Graduate School of Economics & Business.
University of Groningen
The PhD student is expected to:
- have a relevant master degree in the social sciences (e.g., economics, political economy, international relations, political science, anthropology, religious studies, sociology)
- have strong quantitative and qualitative research skills, demonstrated through previous research projects
- have a strong interest in social justice, religious, ethnic and cultural diversity, decolonial research approaches
- have an interdisciplinary background, or affinity with working in an interdisciplinary team
- be able to show perseverance, flexibility, project management and collaboration skills
- excellent written and oral communication skills in English
- be able to communicate with diverse audiences, including academics, policymakers and the general public, or have the demonstrated desire to develop such skills
- be able to finish the PhD thesis in four years
- enjoy planning and taking initiatives
- enjoy academic writing and have the desire to publish, including previously published work (academic or non-academic)
- be able and willing to work in Groningen, in an international and interdisciplinary environment
- formulate a research proposal, eventually to be developed further together with the supervision team.
Conditions of employment
Fixed-term contract: 48 months.
The University of Groningen offers scholarships for PhD students for a period of 4 years under the condition of a positive assessment at the end of the first year. The successful candidate will receive a gross scholarship of € 2,249 per month, of which wage tax and social insurance premiums will be deducted. For more information on the RUG PhD scholarship programme and its benefits please check the website at http://www.rug.nl/education/phd-programmes/phd-scholarship-programme/
Starting date: November 1, 2022
An assessment will be part of the procedure, consisting of psychological tests and an interview.
Faculty of Economics and Business / Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies
Since its foundation in 1614, the University of Groningen has enjoyed an international reputation as a dynamic and innovative centre of higher education offering high-quality teaching and research. Balanced study and career paths in a wide variety of disciplines encourage the approximately 36,000 students and researchers to develop their own individual talents. Belonging to the best research universities in Europe and joining forces with prestigious partner universities and networks, the University of Groningen is truly an international place of knowledge.
Faculty of Economics and Business
The Faculty of Economics and Business (FEB) has an inspiring study and working environment for students and employees. International accreditation enables the Faculty to assess performance against the highest international standards. It also creates an exciting environment of continuous improvement. FEB's programmes, academic staff and research do well on various excellence ranking lists.
Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies
Religion matters in society. There is growing awareness of the complexity and multifaceted nature of religion in the past and present. We use a multidisciplinary approach in studying religion in all its facets, one that combines theories and methods of the humanities and the social sciences. The dynamic relationship between religion, culture and society is at the heart of our teaching and research.
The graduate schools of both faculties have available: an Interdisciplinary PhD scholarship for the topic:
“Ethno-Religious identity and economic inclusion”
For general information on the application procedure
Prof. Erin Wilson, for information on the content