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Rudolf Agricola School for Sustainable Development
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Human Mobility & Migration Lab

In the (near) future human mobility and migration are expected to accelerate further, due to growing inequality and shifts in global (economic) power, regional implications of climate change and resource scarcity, increasing urbanisation, and demographic and social change.


The researchers involved in this lab represent specialists from Law, Sociology, Political Studies, International Relations, and Cultural & Literary Studies at all stages of their careers, establishing a generation of interdisciplinary researchers. Together we consider the impacts of human mobility and migration on communities, as well as reconcile divergent interests in and approaches to the topic by fostering exchange and identifying new approaches that will lead to sustainable solutions to the challenges that contemporary diverse societies face.

Comparative perspective

Bringing together these specialists has resulted in several solid ideas for research, teaching and outreach activities. These will be further developed from a comparative perspective, aligning with international partners from within our lab’s network in Europe, Canada, and the U.S. and establishing contacts with new partners.


We particularly focus on dissonances that undermine (democratic) institutions and ultimately threaten societal cohesion, and proposes to offer possibilities for repair. Our understanding of dissonance relates to the gaps that exist between governance and lived experiences. We will examine possibilities for repair - a way of thinking and doing things to address the gaps - by focussing on the interplay between governance and lived experiences with regard to human mobility and migration.


mr. Raymond Adema

dr. Jeanette den Toonder

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