dr. Ilse van Liempt
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I am an Assistant Professor in Urban Geography and Qualitative Research Methods in the Human Geography Department, Utrecht University. I have joined the University of Utrecht in 2010 as a post-doc researcher having previously worked as a Marie Curie research fellow at the Sussex Centre for Migration Research, Sussex University. I completed my PhD at the Institute for Ethnic and Migration Studies (IMES) at the University of Amsterdam in 2007 and have been a Visiting Researcher at the Centre for the study of Global Ethics in Birmingham in 2005.

My research is centred around irregular migration, refugees, smuggling, trafficking, surveillance, gender, public space and identity and belonging. I am also editor at the Tijdschrift voor Economische en Sociale Geografie  and Tijdschrift over Cultuur en Criminaliteit


I am currently working on a project called

Evidence-based assessment of migration deals: the case of Turkey https://migratiedeals.sites.uu.nl/



Scientific expertise
public space
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Forthcoming articles/bookchapters:

* Miellet, S. & Liempt, I. van (2018), 'Van vluchteling tot buurtgenoot: place making in Utrecht in het digitale tijdperk', Mens en Maatschappij. 

* Book Review (2018), Media, Diaspora and the Somali Conflict, Social Media and Society.

* Aalst, I. van & Liempt, I. van (2018), 'The Transformation of Amsterdam's Red Light District and its Impact on Daily Life in the Area', in: Nofre Mateo, J. & A. Eldridge (Eds.), Exploring Nightlife: Space, Society and Governance; A critical exploration of international nightlife and the night-time economy. Roman and Littlefield International.  

* Liempt, I. van & Bilger, V. (2018), 'Methodological and Ethical Dilemmas in Research among Smuggled Migrants'. in Zapata Barrero, R. & Yalaz, E. (Eds.), Qualitative Research in European Migration Studies, Springer –IMISCOE Research Series.

*Liempt, I. van & F. Vecchio (2018), Refugee mobility across networks and cities, in: Schwanen, T. (Ed.), Handbook of Urban Geography, Edward Elgar Publishing.                                   

Work in Progress:

* A Special Issue for Geoforum on Re-Routing Migration Geographies: Migrants, Trajectories and Mobility Regimes, with Joris Schapendonk, Inga Schwarz and Griet Steel.

* Waardenburg, M., M. Visschers, I. van Liempt & I. Deelen, Sport in liminal spaces: the meaning of sports activities for refugees living in a reception centre, International Review for the Sociology of Sport. 

All publications
  2018 - Scholarly publications
van Liempt, I.C. (2018). Migrant Smuggling Networks - A Globalising Market?. In A Triandafyllidou (Eds.), Handbook on Migration and Globalization Edward Elgar Publishing.
van Liempt, I.C. & Chimienti, M. (2018). Gentrification of Progressive Red Light Districts and New Moral Geographies: The case of Amsterdam and Zurich. Gender, Place, and Culture
  2017 - Scholarly publications
Altink, S, van Liempt, I.C. & Wijers, M (2017). From Regulated Tolerance to Control: Prostitution Policy in the Netherlands - Assessing Prostitution Policies in Europe. In H Wagenaar & S Jahnsen (Eds.), Mapping European Prostitution Policies - From Regulated Tolerance to Control: Prostitution Policy in the Netherlands (pp. 98-118). Routledge.
van Liempt, I.C. (20.01.2017). Book Review: Modern Slaver: The Margins of Freedom. Border Criminologies (blog)
van Liempt, I.C. (2017). Review of Migration, Mobilities and the Arab Spring: Spaces of Refugee Flight in the Eastern Mediterranean (ed. by Natalia Ribas-Mateos). Tijdschrift voor Economische en Sociale Geografie
van Liempt, I.C. & zijlstra, judith (2017). Smart(phone) travelling: understanding the use and impact of mobile technology on irregular migration journeys. International Journal of Migration and Border Studies. , 3 (2-3), (pp. 174-191) (18 p.).
  2017 - Professional publications
Alpes, M.J., tunaboylu, sevda & van Liempt, I.C. (2017). Human rights violations by design: EU-Turkey statement prioritises returns from Greece over access to asylum. (10 p.). Migration Policy Center.
van Liempt, I.C., Alpes, M.J., Hassan, Saima, Tunaboylu, Sevda, Ulusoy, Orcun & Zoomers, E.B. (21.12.2017). Final Report. Evidence based assesment of migration deals - The case of the EU Turkey Statement.. (32 p.). Utrecht: Universiteit Utrecht.
  2017 - Other output
Bolt, G.S., Beneker, T., van Liempt, I.C., Visser, K. & Zill, M.O. (27.02.2017). European Policy Brief. The Assets of Urban Diversity. (8 p.).
  2016 - Scholarly publications
Ahrens, J., Kelly, M. & van Liempt, I.C. (2016). Free movement? The onward migration of EU Citizens born in Somalia, Iran, and Nigeria. Population, Space and Place, 22 (1), (pp. 84-98).
Ahrens, Jill, Kelly, M. & van Liempt, I. (2016). Free movement? The onward migration of EU citizens born in Somalia, Iran and Nigeria. Population, Space and Place, 22 (1), (pp. 84-98).
Baird, Ted & van Liempt, I.C. (2016). Scrutinising the double disadvantage: knowledge production in the messy field of migrant smuggling. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 42 (3), (pp. 400-417) (18 p.).
van Liempt, I.C. (2016). Reclaiming Civility in Urban Nightlife Districts. De Backer, M. L. Melgaco, G. Varna & F. Menichelli (ed.) Order and Conflict in Urban Space (pp. 125) (139 p.). Routledge.
van Liempt, I.C. & van Aalst, I. (2016). Whose Responsibility? The Role of Bouncers in Policing the Public Spaces of Nightlife Districts. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research
  2016 - Professional publications
van Liempt, I.C. (2016). A Critical Insight into Europe´s Criminalisation of Human Smuggling - SIEPS Policy Paper. (12 p.). SIEPS, Swedish Institute for European Policy Studies.
van Liempt, I.C. (2016). Gezonde steden, buurttuinen en nieuwe ongelijkheid. AGORA : Magazine voor Sociaalruimtelijke vraagstukken, 32 (3), (pp. 22-24) (3 p.).
van Liempt, I.C. & de Jong, Vincent (2016). Interview met de We Are Here-groep in Amsterdam. AGORA : Magazine voor Sociaalruimtelijke vraagstukken, 32 (1).
  2016 - Other output
  2015 - Scholarly publications
Chimienti, M. & van Liempt, I. (2015). Super-diversity and the art of living in ethnically concentrated urban areas. Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power, 22 (1), (pp. 19-35).
van Liempt, I.C. (2015). Secrets and lies: interviewervaringen met gesmokkelde migranten in Nederland. In Jeanine Evers (Eds.), Kwalitatief interviewen: kunst en kunde (pp. 247-256) (10 p.). Boom Lemma.
van Liempt, Ilse, van Aalst, Irina & Schwanen, Tim (2015). Introduction: Geographies of the Night. Urban Studies, 52 (3), (pp. 407-421).
  2015 - Professional publications
van Liempt, I.C., Schutjens, V.A.J.M. & Kuijpers, Thomas (30.06.2015). Rotterdam Chinatown revisited - Excursie door een multiculturele straat. Geografie, 24 (6), (pp. 30-33) (4 p.).
van Liempt, Ilse (2015). Voorbij het integratiedenken. AGORA : Magazine voor Sociaalruimtelijke vraagstukken, 31 (1), (pp. 44) (1 p.).
  2014 - Scholarly publications
Schapendonk, J., van Liempt, I. & Spierings, B. (2014). Travellers and their journeys: A dynamic conceptualisaton of transient migrants' and backpackers' behaviour and experiences on the road. Migration studies, 3 (1), (pp. 49-67).
van Aalst, I., Schwanen, T. & van Liempt, I. (2014). Video-surveillance and the production of space in urban nightlife districts. In J. van den Hoven, N. Doorn, T. Swierstra, B.-J. Koops & H. Romijn (Eds.), Responsible Innovation 1: Innovative Solutions for Global Issues (pp. 315-334) (360 p.). Dordrecht: Springer.
van Liempt, I. (2014). Migrant Smuggling: Irregular Migration From Asia and Africa to Europe (review). Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 40 (12), (pp. 2062-2063).
  2014 - Professional publications
Nijenhuis, G. & van Liempt, I. (2014). Meet the Somalis II. Integratiebeleid mist doel. Geografie, 23 (7), (pp. 27-30) (4 p.).
van Liempt, I. (2014). Een roep voor meer openheid, ethiek en ruimte voor emoties binnen veldwerk. KWALON, 9, (pp. 56-59) (4 p.). Review van: L.G. Jansma, D. Hak & M. de Koning (red.), Ervaren en ervaren worden. Opstel over langdurig sociaalwetenschappelijk veldonderzoek. Delft: Eburon, 2012, 214 pp.
van Liempt, I. & Nijenhuis, G. (2014). Meet the Somalis. Stripverslag van de levens van Somaliers in Europa. Geografie, 23 (6), (pp. 35-39) (5 p.).
van Liempt, I. & Nijenhuis, G. (2014). Somaliërs in Amsterdam. (126 p.). New York: Open Society Foundations, Somaliërs in Europese Steden .
van Liempt, Ilse & van Veen, S. (2014). Van poortwachter naar gastheer. Als de nacht valt. Geografie, 9, (pp. 14-16) (3 p.).
  2013 - Scholarly publications
van Liempt, I. (2013). Book review - Borderline justice: the fight for refugee and migrant rights by Frances Webber, London, Pluto Press, 2012. Ethnic and Racial Studies, 37 (5), (pp. 930-931) (2 p.).
van Liempt, I. & Sersli, S. (2013). State responses and migrant experiences with human smuggling: A reality check. Antipode, 45 (4), (pp. 1029-1046) (18 p.).
van Liempt, I.C. (2013). Thick descriptions, typologies and responsible and relevant research. In A. van Heelsum & B. Garces-Mascarenas (Eds.), Migration and Integration Research. Filling in Penninx’s Heuristic Model (pp. 185-192) (8 p.). Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press.
  2013 - Professional publications
van Liempt, I. (2013). Regulering van de nacht. AGORA : Magazine voor Sociaalruimtelijke vraagstukken, 29 (5), (pp. 20-21) (2 p.).
van Liempt, I. & van Aalst, I. (2013). De nacht als onontgonnen onderzoeksterrein. AGORA : Magazine voor Sociaalruimtelijke vraagstukken, 29 (5), (pp. 4-6) (3 p.).
van Liempt, I.C. & Pelzer, P. (2013). Het Oosterpark: Stedelijk conflict in een notendop. Geografie, 22 (3), (pp. 14-16) (3 p.).
  2012 - Scholarly publications
van den Anker, C. & van Liempt, I.C. (2012). Conclusion. In C. van den Anker & I.C. van Liempt (Eds.), Human Rights and Migration: Trafficking for Forced Labour (pp. 246-247) (2 p.). Palgrave Macmillan.
van den Anker, C. & van Liempt, I.C. (2012). Human Rights and Migration: Trafficking for Forced Labour. (264 p.). Palgrave Macmillan.
van den Anker, C. & van Liempt, I.C. (2012). Introduction: The wider context of trafficking for forced labour. In C. van den Anker & I.C. Liempt (Eds.), Human Rights and Migration: Trafficking for Forced Labour (pp. 1-16) (264 p.). Palgrave Macmillan.
van Liempt, I.C. & Bilger, V. (2012). Ethical challenges in research with vulnerable migrants. In C. Vargas-Silva (Eds.), Handbook of Research Methods in Migration (pp. 451-466) (608 p.). Edward Elgar Publishing.
van Liempt, I.C. & van Aalst, I. (2012). Urban surveillance and the struggle between safe and exciting nightlife districts. Surveillance & Society, 9 (3), (pp. 280-292) (13 p.).
  2011 - Scholarly publications
van Liempt, I.C. (2011). "And then one day they all moved to Leicester": the relocation of Somalis from the Netherlands tot the UK explained. Population, Space and Place, 17 (3), (pp. 254-266) (13 p.).
van Liempt, I.C. (2011). Different geographies and experiences of 'assisted' types of migration. A gendered critique on the distinction between trafficking and smuggling. Gender, Place, and Culture, 18 (2), (pp. 179-193) (15 p.).
van Liempt, I.C. (2011). Young Dutch Somalis in the UK: citizenship, identities and belonging in a transnational triangle. Mobilities, 6 (4), (pp. 569-583) (15 p.).
  2011 - Professional publications
van Aalst, I. & van Liempt, I.C. (2011). Uitgaansstad onder spanning. Justitiële Verkenningen, 37 (4), (pp. 9-24) (16 p.).
van Aalst, I., van Liempt, I.C., Brands, J., Timan, T. & Schwanen, T. (2011). Surveillance in Urban Nightscapes. Dérive - Zeitschrift für Stadtforschung, 44, (pp. 18-22) (5 p.).
  2010 - Scholarly publications
van Liempt, I.C. (2010 2015) Editorial board member AGORA : Magazine voor Sociaalruimtelijke vraagstukken (Journal)
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Life after dark: night time and the contestation of space in Yogyakarta, Indonesia.
01.09.2016 to 31.08.2020
General project description 
Role Co-promotor & Project Leader Funding
Other grant (government funding): Indonesian Educational Scholarship offered by the Indonesia Endowment Fund (Ministry of Finance)
Project members UU
From centres of exclusion to cities of inclusion: Encounters, knowledge exchange and conflict between asylum seekers and local communities
01.09.2015 to 31.08.2019
General project description 


Policies of dispersing asylum seekers to asylum centres are often understood to produce societal exclusion. However, it is unclear how variations in asylum centres? spatial, material and social structures reinforce processes of stereotyping, or by contrast, contribute to the inclusion of asylum seekers. This research will provide a nuanced account of the everyday social relations in and around three different types of asylum centres located in Bavaria, Germany, and will employ the concept of (un)familiarity to analyze the relations between asylum seekers and local residents. The methods used are photo diaries, semi-structured interviews, participant observation and postal surveys.

Role Co-promotor & Project Leader Funding
NWO grant: NWO Talentbeurs
Project members UU

Completed projects

Evidence-based assessment of migration deals: the case of Turkey 01.05.2017 to 31.10.2017
General project description

This research project provides a critical assessment of collaborations on mixed migration flows between Europe and migrant sending countries. In the context of increasing asylum and migration flows we observe an important policy move towards partnerships between EU countries and sending countries. The focus of this project is on readmission agreements with Turkey, but with new deals in the making the results of this project will be of wider use and value for European policymakers. At its core, the EU Turkey deals aim to reduce irregular migration, decrease smuggling and human right violations and migrant deaths. In exchange, EU Member States promised to increase resettlement of Syrian refugees residing in Turkey, accelerate visa liberalization for Turkish nationals, and boost existing financial support for Turkey’s refugee population. This project will focus on the effects of the deals. How did the deal transform mixed migration flows and people’s reliance on human smugglers therein? What has been the impact of the deal on resettlement from Turkey to Europe? Field research (document analysis and interviews with forced returnees and migrants on the move) will be conducted to come up with evidence based insights on the implementation and the effects of the deal.

Role Researcher
Individual project description



Utrecht University: NWO WOTRO
Project members UU
External project members:
  • Orcun Ulusoy
Inequality and wellbeing at the intersection of gender, sexuality and contemporary migration: An interdisciplinary analysis of research and policy in Europe. 01.02.2017 to 02.10.2017
General project description

This research team will undertake an integrated expert consultation and scoping study to map and synthesize social policy research and analysis at the intersection of gender, sexuality and migration from an interdisciplinary perspective.. A critical objective of the scoping study is to identify key issues, people affected, research questions, conceptual perspectives and innovative methods that inform an agenda for future interdisciplinary research on gender, sexuality and migration by the project team and their collaborators.

Role Researcher Funding
Utrecht University: Seed money from Institutions for Open Societies (pillar Equality, Inclusiveness and Social Mobility)
Project members UU
Sports dialogues: exploring the role of sports activities and sports facilities for refugee youth at a reception centre 01.07.2016 to 30.09.2017
General project description

The aim of this project is to explore the meaning of sports activities and sports facilities for refugee youth for 1) their feeling at home at the reception centre, their feelings of belonging within the host country and 2) as a topic for discussing societal issues by actively using dialogues between refugee youth and (Dutch) students about the meaning of sports for social inclusion.



Role Supervisor Funding
Utrecht University: Sport & Society Seed Money 2016 ‘Towards social inclusion of refugees in Dutch society: how sport interventions matter’
Project members UU
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Courses that I am involved in:

* Qualitative Research Methods (Kwalitative Onderzoeksmethoden), Bachelor

* E learning module Interviewing Techniques: TrainTool

* Urban Consumption and Identity (Stedelijke Consumptie en Identiteit), Bachelor

* Migration Issues (Migratievraagstukken), Bachelor

* Advanced Research Methods, Master

* Living in the City, Master

* Doing Qualitative Research in Dynamic Settings, Research Master 

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Additional functions and activities

2017-               Board Member KWALON

2017-2020       Ethical advisor on DOMEQUAL project. A Global Approach to Paid Domestic Work                           and Social Inequalities- H2020 - ERC Starting Grant.

2014-               Educational Committee Bachelor

2012-2017       Member of COST network: Comparing European Prostitution   Policies: Understanding                         Scales and Cultures of Governance (ProsPol)

2016               Editorial Commitee Tijdschrift voor Economische en Sociale Geografie, TESG.

2016               Editorial Commitee Tijdschrift over Cultuur en Criminaliteit (TCC).

2015                Member of Advisory Board, WODC project Irregular Migration Routes to Europe and                           Factors Influencing Migrant’s Destination Choices, The Hague: Wetenschappelijk                                   Onderzoek- en Documentatiecentrum.




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Full name
dr. I.C. van Liempt Contact details
Willem C. van Unnikgebouw

Heidelberglaan 2
Room 605
The Netherlands

Phone number (direct) +31 30 253 4437
Phone number (department) +31 30 253 1399
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