'Exploring Digital Skills for Refugee Women: Challenges and Opportunities in the Netherlands.' In the Netherlands, digital literacy has become a critical skill for social and economic participation. This project investigates how digital skills impact the integration process of female refugees, including language acquisition, cultural understanding, social participation, and overall adaptation.
As a PhD candidate, you will interview and collect data from immigrant women, conduct systematic literature reviews and get acquainted with relevant organisations involved in the research. The tasks will consist of developing a map identifying the challenges refugee women face when seeking employment and education, analysing data through interviews and workshops to identify patterns, themes and trends related to the role of digital skills in integration. Further, the candidate will collaborate with stakeholders and experts, as well as with the women themselves, to develop capacity-building interventions to empower refugee women with digital skills, contributing to their integration and active participation in society.
By studying how traditional facilitators such as language and cultural knowledge interact with digital skills, the project seeks to contribute to the emerging field of Digital Migration.
The research will include women from diverse backgrounds, ranging from countries with high digital literacy to those with limited access to digital technology. By addressing the specific challenges faced by female refugees, the project aims to answer questions related to gender, socio-economic background, and the country of origin's impact on digital skills.
If you are passionate about gender equality, social inclusion and digital literacy, hold a degree in linguistics, communication, cultural studies, migration, or related fields, and possess good qualitative research skills, we strongly encourage you to apply. As a PhD candidate, you will play a vital role in engaging directly with refugee women and contributing to research that promotes equal opportunities and inclusivity.
You will be working with your daily supervisor, Dr Noemi Mena Montes
, in collaboration with other colleagues from the Centre for Language Studies (CLS
) and the Radboud University Network on Migrant Inclusion (RUNOMI
). Your PhD supervisor will be Prof. Margot van Mulken
. The project will be funded by a Starters grant from the Faculty of Arts awarded to Dr Mena Montes.