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Assistant Professor in Urban Geography, Utrecht University

Ilse van Liempt is Assistant Professor in Urban Geography in the Human Geography Department. She Research Leader of the UU wide Focus Area Migration and Societal Change and Program Director of the Research Master Urban and Economic Geography.
Previously, she worked at the Institute for Ethnic and Migration Studies in Amsterdam and at the Sussex Center for Migration Research.
Her PhD was published in 2007 as a book called Navigating Borders. Since then she has published widely on irregular migration, refugee migration, gender, public space, diversity and processes of inclusion and exclusion more generally.
Ilse currently works on a HERA project called: 'The everyday experiences of young refugees and asylum seekers in public spaces', in which issues of refugee youth, public space and integration in Europe are explored in four cities: Amsterdam, Brussels, Newcastle and Leipzig.
She is also involved in an Erasmus + project on precarious housing in Europe (PUSH).
Ilse is Associate Editor at the Tijdschrift voor Economische en Sociale Geografie (TESG) and board member of KWALON, a platform for qualitative researchers in the Netherlands where she is responsible for a monthly blog on qualitative research methods and issues.


  • –present
    Assistant Professor in Human Geography and Planning, Utrecht University