The refugee crisis poses large challenges to cities, which respond very differently. There are ‘cities of refuge’ and ‘cities that refuse’. In doing so, they often refer to international law. This new development calls for research on the meaning of human rights for how cities throughout Europe welcome and integrate refugees. Legally, discursively and in practice.
To conduct this research on the relationship between local authorities and international human rights, the Netherlands Science Foundation (NWO) has announced that Prof. Barbara Oomen will receive a Vici-grant.
The grant of 1.5 million euro, will enable Barbara Oomen to form a team of five researchers who will follow local practices and discussions in 24 cities in 6 European countries for the coming 5 years. Additionally, the research team will shed light on the legal status of local authorities.
The Vici grant is one of the largest personal research grants in the Netherlands, destined for high-quality, innovative research with great scientific impact.
Barbara Oomen holds a chair in the Sociology of Human Rights at Utrecht University, and works at University College Roosevelt. Her multi-disciplinary research concerns the interplay between law, culture and society.