Hein de Haas' research focuses on the reciprocal linkages between migration and broader development processes, primarily from the perspective of migrant-sending societies. He did extensive fieldwork in the Middle East and North Africa and, particularly, Morocco.
He has a PhD in development studies (Radboud University of Nijmegen, the Netherlands) and an MA (cum laude) in human and environmental geography (University of Amsterdam). Before joining IMI, he held researcher and lecturer positions at the Radboud University of Nijmegen and the University of Amsterdam and was a visiting fellow to the Forced Migration and Refugees Studies programme of the American University of Cairo.
In 2009, Hein de Haas was awarded a Starting Grant by the European Research Council (ERC) for DEMIG, a five year (2010-2014) research project on the determinants of international migration. In 2012, IMI received funding from the Sloan Foundation for a related project, the Drivers and Dynamics of High-Skilled Migration. Hein and Mathias Czaika are the Principal Investigators on this project. He is also working on other IMI projects including Global Migration Futures, THEMIS and EUMAGINE, which investigates the role of imaginations in shaping migration aspirations.