Graduate School of Social Sciences

AISSR Harvest Day 2018: Migration, Economic Justice and Education

22Nov2018 12:30 - 17:30


At the 2018 edition of the AISSR Harvest Day social science researchers will present new insights and results on the themes: 1) Migration, 2) Education and 3) Economic Justice. With keynotes by Hein de Haas, Bowen Paulle and Nicky Pouw.

Why Harvest Day?

During Harvest Day we bring together AISSR researchers in interdisciplinary academic discussions and make an effort to make their latest findings more visible to practitioners working in thematically related fields but also to students and other stakeholders.

Format of the day

The Harvest Day is a half-day event (12.30-17.30), where different themes will be explored in two gatherings. The first gathering will be a plenary session in which the 3 broad themes will be introduced by keynote speakers, followed by a short film, in which 3-5 researchers per theme briefly set up and pose the question(s) that his or her research has helped answer.

In the second gathering that immediately follows these researchers will have a table in an informal Open Space setting, at which they can explain their work and share their research findings with the audience that chooses to cluster at their table. 


You can now register for the event through the form below. It is also possible to register only for the Plenary Session or Open Space - please refer to the registration form.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Zahra Runderkamp, AISSR ( 

We look forward to welcoming you the 22nd of November!


Coffee and sandwiches between 12.30-13.00 (CREA Central Hall)

Harvest Plenary Session (CREA Theatre) -13.00-14.15

Welcome by Prof. Brian Burgoon, Scientific Director AISSR
Theme 1. Migration (keynote and film clips)
Theme 2. Education (keynote and film clips)
Theme 3. Economic Justice (keynote and film clips)

Harvest Open Space Sessions (CREA Muziekzaal) – 14.30-17.30

14.30-15.30 Open Space round 1 (Migration)
15.30-16.30: Open Space round 2 (Education)
16.30-17.30: Open Space round 3 (Economic Justice)  
From 17.30 onwards: Drinks and snacks

Theme Migration

Keynote by Hein de Haas

Hein de Haas is Professor of Sociology at the University of Amsterdam and founding member and former co-director of the International Migration Institute (IMI) of the University of Oxford. His research focuses on the linkages between migration and broader processes of social transformation and development in origin and destination countries. 

Open Space: Migration

Polly Pallister-Wilkins is assistant professor in international relations and conflict resolution and governance, specialising in the intersection of humanitarian intervention and border control and is currently researching 'humanitarian borderwork' in Europe that builds on previous research into humanitarianism, border policing and the political sociologies of walls, fences and security barriers. Her Harvest Day question asks: Why is there an increase in humanitarian activity in border spaces and what effects does this humanitarian activity have?

Abbey Steele is assistant professor in the department of political science. In her research, she uses comparative methods to study civil wars, state building and governance, and political and criminal violence, primarily in Colombia. Her book Democracy and Displacement in Colombia's Civil War was recently published. Abbey Steele's Harvest Day topic will be understanding displacement in Colombia’s civil war: political cleansing. 

Anne de Jong is an assistant professor Anthropology of Conflict with a region expertise on the Middle East (Palestine, Lebanon, Syria and Bahrain). Prioritizing subaltern everyday perspectives, her research interest center on violence - nonviolence, radical activism and social movements, human rights, oppression and resistance, international solidarity and anti-colonial struggles. Her topic for Harvest Day is Civil Resistance Transitions:
From Armed Conflict to Nonviolent Civil Resistance. 

Anja van Heelsum is Assistant Professor at the Department of Political Science and has been involved with the Institute for Migration and Ethnic Studies (IMES) since 1997. She is broadly experienced  migration scholar, with  interest in a variety of subject, including migrants aspirations, the refugee “crisis”, refugee reception. Van Heelsum researches these topics in a multidisciplinary approach, where insights from psychology, political science, sociology and anthropology meet. Her topic for Harvest Day: the regulation of migration. 

Theme Economic Justice

Keynote by Nicky Pouw

Nicky Pouw is Associate Professor in the Governance and Inclusive Development research programme (GID) of the AISSR. She is an economist with 20 years of research experience in international development studies, mainly in Sub-Saharan Africa. She aims to make a contribution to the construction of inclusive development indicators for African countries, and to initiate new research on how to include the poorest of the poor. 

Open Space: Economic Justice

Daniel Mügge is Professor of Political Arithmetic at the political science department of the UvA. In his research, Daniel Mügge analyses the political economy of macroeconomic indicators and the political origins of the formulas through which we calculate them. His inaugural lecture summarizes the essence of his research agenda, arguing for a Numeracy 2.0. His topic for Harvest Day: Why do we measure the economy the way we do? And how do our measurement choices matter to politics – both within countries and between them?

Paul Mepschen is a postdoc at the Program Group Political Sociology at the University of Amsterdam. He has worked on sexual nationalism and the relations of sexuality, religion, and secularism in Western Europe. He received his PhD degree from the University of Amsterdam for his dissertation Everyday autochthony. Difference, discontent, and the politics of home in Amsterdam (2016), on the politics of autochthony in the Netherlands. His question for Harvest Day: How are we to understand the populist moment and what role can ethnographic research play in answering this question?

Tina Harris received her Ph.D. in Anthropology in 2009 from the Graduate Center, City University of New York. She is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Amsterdam, and is a member of the AISSR Moving Matters research group. Her topic for Harvest Day: Cross-Border Trade in the Himalayas.

Fenne Pinkster is Associate Professor in the field of Urban Geography, at the department of Geography, Planning and International Development Studies. Her research agenda concerns the geography of everyday urban life, and her topic for Harvest Day will be: the stickiness of stigma in the Amsterdam Bijlmer. 

Theme Education

Keynote by Bowen Paulle

Bowen Paulle, Assistant Professor of Sociology, is presently principal investigator of a five-year, mixed method evaluation project in 'High Dosage Tutoring'. The primary aim of this effort is to achieve measurable increases in the cognitive and socio-emotional development of students. Paulle will speak about the the Mundus College project in Amsterdam ('Mundus More Math') which finished recently. More information can be found here. 

Open Space: Education

Herman van de Werfhorst is professor of sociology at the University of Amsterdam, and director of the Amsterdam Centre for Inequality Studies (AMCIS). During Harvest Day, he will shed some light on different puzzles in education research: early selection in education systems, specific education and civic engagement gaps by education. 

Bram Lancee is Associate Professor of Sociology. His academic interests include ethnic inequality in the labour market, social capital and social participation, attitudes towards immigrants, ethnic diversity, and quantitative research methods. Lancee is also work package leader in the Horizon 2020 project 'Growth, Equal Opportunities, Migration and Markets (GEMM; see also His question for Harvest Day, based on the research in GEMM: Are there cross-national differences in discrimination of ethnic minorities on the labour market, and how does this vary across ethnic minority groups?

Tuna Tasan-Kok is Professor of Urban Governance and Planning at the Faculty of Social and Behavioral Sciences. Tasan-Kok is an urban social geographer and planner. She will contribute to Harvest Day with a video on the role of urban planners in society. 

Rebeca Ibáñez Martín is a postdoctoral researcher in the Health, Care and the Body research group. She will speak about her research into responsible innovation, ’Normativities of waste water treatment: Putting micro-algae to work in Ecovillage Boekel’.

We warmly welcome (AISSR) researchers, students, stakeholders and other interested parties to this event. Please register by using the form below. 

Location: CREA, Amsterdam

  • Roeterseilandcampus - gebouw I (CREA)

    Nieuwe Achtergracht 168-178 | 1018 WV Amsterdam

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