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Marieke van Houte

  • Vrije Universiteit (VU) Amsterdam


Marieke is an interdisciplinary social scientist, studying the relationship between (return) migration, change, conflict and development, from the perspective of migrants, policy and public perceptions. Her research is grounded in empirical fieldwork in a large variety of contexts, including Afghanistan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Burundi, DR Congo, Iraq, Pakistan, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Tunisia and Vietnam. Her methodological expertise lies in developing systematic and innovative qualitative research techniques, both for in-depth and comparative studies.

Marieke van Houte is currently a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Public Administration and Sociology at the Erasmus University Rotterdam, and a former Marie Curie Research Fellow at the International Migration Institute at the University of Oxford. She completed her PhD on return migration after conflict at Maastricht University in 2014, with a focus on return to Afghanistan. Her book based on this work: Return Migration to Afghanistan: Moving Back or Moving Forward was published in 2016 by Palgrave MacMillan.

Marieke holds a Bachelor’s (2005) and Master’s (2006) degree in Cultural Anthropology and Development Studies at Radboud University Nijmegen. Alongside her academic work, Marieke is the co-founder and director of CONTAINED Project, which aims at connecting performance, experience, research and learning on migration, benefitting from her background as a practitioner of participatory theatre.