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What can your working life look like after graduating? With the support of IMES, the ACES Migration Network, and the AISSR, we launch a new hybrid seminar series titled “Life after the Migration PhD”. The series targets PhD researchers who work on migration or related topics and connects them to post-PhD professionals who have moved onto careers outside of academia. The seminars offer insight into a range of non-university working areas and function as a networking environment.

Event details of Life after the migration PhD #3: Working within governmental institutions
Date 9 December 2021
Time 18:15 -20:00

At university, PhD candidates are trained to become independent researchers in university environments. However, a majority of PhD graduates move to jobs outside of university at some point in their career. This seminar series aims to inform early career migration researchers about their non-university job options. In each session, professionals are invited to talk about their PhD experience, future career development and current work, followed by a Q&A. How did they experience transitioning to non-university environments? And what advice do they have to prepare ourselves for future career options?

During three monthly sessions from October to December 2021, we learn more about different working trajectories by talking to professionals in three fields: (1) research institutes outside of university (think-tanks, foundations);  (2) international advocacy (NGOs, IOs) and (3) diplomacy and government institutions. The seminars are interactive. We invite participants to bring their own career-related questions, and provide opportunities for networking during and after each session.

The series is organized in a hybrid format. We kindly invite those who can come to Amsterdam to attend in-person at the UvA and to join the informal networking at CREA after the seminar. For on-site participation we can accommodate a maximum of thirty people. If more people apply, preference is given to early-career migration scholars from the UvA. It is also possible to attend digitally via Zoom, where we will stream the seminars. Please indicate your preference on the registration form.

Date & time


Deadline for registration

15th November

Davide Gnes & Pia Oberoi

8th of November

9th of December

Laura Brinks en Michiel Swinkels

30th of November


About the speakers

Laura Brinks works for the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Previously, she held various positions within the UN (UNHCR, IOM, UNOCHA). She is a professional humanitarian and development worker. She earned a PhD (University of Groningen) on the protection of Internally Displaced Persons.

Michiel Swinkels is currently working as a research coordinator for the Migration Policy Department at the Dutch Ministry of Justice and Security. Previously, he was a researcher and lecturer affiliated with the Radboud University in Nijmegen, where he also completed his PhD in Cultural Anthroplogy. In his thesis he investigated how within state bureaucracy, political decisions and debate are translated into seemingly rational, legitimate, impersonal, and definite policy measures that represent state authority.