Are you looking for an exciting opportunity to contribute to cutting-edge research? This PhD position Dilemmas of street-level policymaking: working in the context of superdiverse neighbourhoods
is part of the Policies and politics of inequality and its consequences for society
project, led by Dr. Mark van Ostaijen and Dr. Agnieszka Kanas. Job descriptionImagine yourself
as a healthcare professional facing a challenge. Some of your patients require specialized care that aligns with their religious beliefs. However, the state does not register religious affiliations. This puts you in a delicate position, as you are obliged to uphold principles of equal care under the law, while also providing ‘culturally sensitive care.’ In essence, you are expected to treat everyone equally, yet differently, which could potentially lead to healthcare disparities. How do you navigate such a complex situation?
Such challenges are an emerging reality in the frontlines of public services since new levels of migration and mobility have changed the face of European cities. This had led to changing ‘superdiverse’ social realities, especially in ‘majority-minority’ neighbourhoods. The novelty of this emerging situation creates challenging circumstances particularly for ‘street-level workers’ in the frontlines of these neighbourhoods, such as teachers, police officers and healthcare professionals. This demands renewed understanding of the decision-making process of street-level workers.
The aim of this project is to study the institutional consequences of superdiversity in the Dutch context. Using mixed methods approaches, you will comparatively contextualize street-level decisions and investigate whether and why these decisions differ. The project's primary objectives are threefold: examining the underlying mechanisms behind street-level decision-making; comparing street-level decisions across neighbourhoods with varying levels of diversity and comparing street-level decisions across sectors with different institutional logics (rule vs. client-oriented sectors).
More general, as PhD researcher, you will have the opportunity to shape and adapt elements of the research project to align with your expertise, interests and goals. This project is embedded in a broader research project, titled “The policies and politics of inequality and its consequences for society”, which aims to understand the relationship between societal challenges caused by rising populism, migration, climate change, welfare reforms, and institutional responses to these challenges. You will be joining a young and dynamic research team – including another PhD, a Post-Doc and experienced staff members. By the embeddedness within this team you will be supported to develop your research, teaching and impact skills. Tasks and Responsibilities:
- Getting acquainted with the state-of-the-art literature and developing a theoretical framework to examine it;
- Conducting innovative fieldwork leading to four research papers which constitute the basis of a PhD dissertation;
- Collecting and analyzing (qualitative and/ or quantitative) data for example by content analysis, narrative interviews, shadowing, vignettes and/ or surveys among relevant stakeholders;
- Participating in project activities, such as organizing a workshop, contributing to public debate, and managing outreach activities of the project;
- Contributing to the teaching activities (10%) of the department and the opportunity to develop teaching skills (BKO);
- Collaborating with other researchers within the Team Policy, Politics and Society and department of Public Administration and Sociology.