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Syriers In Nederland


This research is conducted by two senior researchers (Ilse van Liempt, Richard Staring), a postdoctoral researcher (Abdessamad Bouabid), a junior researcher (Younes Younes) and two Syrian research interns (Nour Alhalbouni, Rima Dali) who were recruited through the university’s uuinclusion program

Dr. Ilse van Liempt,https://www.uu.nl/staff/ICvanLiempt/Profile is the project leader (Utrecht University).

Ilse van Liempt is an urban geographer with a background in migration studies. Her research focusses on processes of in/exclusion and place making and identity formation. Ilse van Liempt has published widely in the field of forced migration and urban studies.

Prof. Richard Staring, senior researcher (Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam)

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Richard Staring is a professor in empirical criminology. He is experienced in qualitative research with vulnerable and hard to reach groups. His research focuses mainly on crime in urban environments, the multicultural society and migration related crime such as human smuggling and trafficking. He is experienced in coordinating (multi-ethnic) research teams.

Younes Younes, Junior Researcher (UU)

Younes Younes holds a Master in Business Economics and Management from MAICH, Greece. He is the co-founder and director of Yalla Foundation and has been working as a junior researcher at the Sociology Department of the Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam. He currently is also a project assistant at Radboud University Nijmegen and works 3 days a week as our junior researcher in the team. He is also a member of the sounding group of refugees at the municipality of Amsterdam.

Rima Dali, research intern through the uuinclusion program 

Rima Dali has a legal background, she is interested in laws and policies research, She has worked with the Syrian Center for Policy Research (SCPR) since January 2012, as researcher in analyzing the legal system in Syria including the assessment of new laws and regulations and its socioeconomic impact.In 2013 she participated as part of the center core team of SCPR who conducted the Population Statues Survey in 2013 and 2014, the survey covered demographic, social, economic, health, education, and governance sectors and implemented in whole of Syria.


Nour Alhalbouni, research intern through the uuinclusion program

Nour is a student at University College Utrecht with a degree in Business Management from Damascus University, Faculty of Economics. She has also been the marketing coordinator for the Arabian Radio Network.

Roxy Damen, PhD candidate (EUR/SCP)

Roxy Damen is a PhD Candidate at the Erasmus University Rotterdam and The Netherlands Institute for Social Research (SCP). After completing a bachelor in Cultural Anthropology (VU University) and the research master Migration, Ethnic Relations and Multiculturalism (University of Utrecht), Roxy started her PhD research about the early integration processes among recently arrived refugees in the Netherlands.

Karin Schuitema


Karin Schuitema holds a master in Mediterranean Archaeology and Archaeology of the Near East from Leiden University, for which studies she participated in various archaeological and ethnographic projects in Greece, Egypt, Turkey and Syria. Between 2011 and 2015 she worked as a staffmember and researcher at the NIT (Netherlands Institute in Turkey) based in Istanbul, where she set up The Tophane Heritage Project. Meanwhile and especially since 2015 she has been involved as a volunteer in several initiatives with refugees in The Netherlands, Greece, Cyprus and Turkey. From 2017 till 2018 she worked as a researcher at the Centre for Sustainable Peace and Democratic Development (SeeD), a peace-building think tank with island-wide scope in Cyprus. In general her research interests have revolved around the Eastern Mediterranean and themes such as heritage, urban developments, urban cohesion, gentrification, history, politics, identity, migration and visual methods, such as film, photography and drawing.