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Katie Kuschminder

Assistant Professor, Maastricht Economic and Social Research Institute on Innovation and Technology (UNU-MERIT), United Nations University

Dr. Katie Kuschminder is an Assistant Professor at UNU-MERIT / Maastricht University. She has recently completed a NWO Rubicon scholarship as a Research Fellow at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, European University Institute. Her project at the EUI is a comparative analysis of Eritrean and Nigerian migrants decision making factors in Italy.

Katie has been working in research for the past ten years and has worked on or managed migration projects for the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection Irregular Migration Research Group, German Development Cooperation, ILO, IOM, and UNHCR. Katie teaches in the MSc in Public Policy and Human Development, the Migration Management Diploma Programme, and coordinates the Migration Studies course at the University College Maastricht. Katie’s research is in the field of international migration with a focus on migrant decision making, irregular and return migration. Katie obtained her PhD from Maastricht University in 2014.


  • 2016–present
    Research Fellow, European University Institute
  • 2016–present
    Affiliated Migration Researcher, Maastricht University


  • 2014 
    Maastricht University , PhD

Grants and Contracts

  • 2016
    Rubicon Grant
    Principal Investigator
    Funding Source:
    Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO)