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Prof. dr M.P. Vink (Maarten)


Professor of Political Science and Political Sociology

Programme Director, MSc European Studies (research master)

Co-Director, Maastricht center for Citizenship, Migration and Development

Faculty / Department
  • Arts and Social Sciences, Political Science

Phone number: +31 43 388 3376

Location: B0.02, Grote Gracht 90-92

Prof. dr M.P.  Vink


Political science; political sociology; Comparative methods; Migration; Citizenship; Immigrant integration; Europeanization.

Professional Career History

Maarten P. Vink is Professor of Political Science and Political Sociology at Maastricht University, the Netherlands where he is Co-Director of the Maastricht center for Citizenship, Migration and Development (MACIMIDE) and Director of Studies of the MSc European Studies (research master). He is a member of the Graduate School Board of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.


Vink is also Part-Time Professor at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, European University Institute, where he is Co-Director of the European Union Democracy Observatory on Citizenship (EUDO CITIZENSHIP). In addition he is joint coordinator of Standing Committee “Migration, Citizenship and Political Participation” of the IMISCOE network on International Migration, Integration and Social Cohesion.


Vink obtained his PhD in Political Science at Leiden University in 2003 and has been in Maastricht since 2004. He was previously a Jean Monnet Fellow at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, European University Institute in Florence, Italy (2003-2004) and FCT Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the Institute of Social Sciences, University of Lisbon, Portugal (2007-2010). He also held Visiting Scholarships at the Center for European Studies, New York University (2004) and at the Department of Philosophy and Culture at the University of Minho, Braga, Portugal (2005). From 2009 - 2013 he was Managing Editor of the COMPASSS Working Paper series on systematic cross-case analysis.

Research Profile

My research is located in the subfields of political sociology and comparative methodology and focuses in particular on the study of the politics of citizenship, migration and integration in a comparative context. I have researched and published extensively on the 'Europeanization' of national policies in these domains, looking at the relation between the European Union and its member states. My current research particularly focuses on the role that citizenship can play in processes of immigrant integration, looking at questions such as why some immigrants naturalize whereas others don't, as well as whether this matters at all for their societal incorporation (see this video clip for a brief summary of some research on these questions and also my inaugural lecture of 1 May 2015 on "Elusive citizenship").


Recent journal publications

Peters, F., M. Vink and H. Schmeets (2016). The ecology of immigrant naturalization: a life course approach in the context of institutional conditions. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies 42(3) 359-381. Replication data here.

Huddleston, T. and M.P. Vink (2015). Full membership or equal rights? The link between naturalisation and integration policies for immigrants in 29 European states. Comparative Migration Studies 3(8) 1-19. Replication data available here.

Kopraleva, I. and M.P. Vink (2015). EU Sanctions in Response to Intra-state Conflict: A Comparative Approach. European Foreign Affairs Review 20(3) 315-338. Replication data available here.

Reslow, N. and M.P. Vink (2015). Three-level games in EU external migration policy: negotiating Mobility Partnerships in West Africa. Journal of Common Market Studies 53(4) 857-874.

De Somer, M. and M.P. Vink (2015). ‘Precedent’ and Fundamental Rights in the CJEU’s Case Law on Family Reunification Immigration. European Integration online Papers 19(6) 1-33.

Vonk, O., M. Vink and R. de Groot (2014). Benchmarking the Protection against Statelessness in Europe: Comparative Findings. Tilburg Law Review 19 (2014) 292-299.

Cebotari, V. and M. Vink (2013). A Configurational Analysis of Ethnic Protest in Europe. International Journal of Comparative Sociology 54(4) 298 - 324. Replication data available here.

Bonjour, S. and M. Vink (2013). When Europeanization Backfires: the Normalization of European Migration Politics. Acta Politica 48(4) 389-407.

Vink, M., T. Prokic-Breuer and J. Dronkers (2013). Immigrant Naturalization in the Context of Institutional Diversity: Policy Matters, But to Whom? International Migration 51(5) 1-20.

Vink, M. and R. Bauböck (2013). Citizenship Configurations: Analysing the Multiple Purposes of Citizenship Regimes in Europe. Comparative European Politics, 11(5) 621-648. Replication data available here.

Helbling, M. and M. Vink (2013). The Use and Misuse of Policy Indices in the Domain of Citizenship and Integration. Comparative European Politics 11(5) 551-554.

Vink, M. and O. van Vliet (2013). Potentials and Pitfalls of Multi-value QCA: Response to Thiem. Field Methods 25(2) 208-213.

Dronkers, J. and M. Vink (2012). Explaining Access to Citizenship in Europe: How Policies Affect Naturalisation Rates. European Union Politics 13(3) 390-412.

Evans, A.M. and M. Vink (2012). Measuring Group Switching in the European Parliament: Methodology, Data and Trends (1979-2009). Análise Social, XLVII (202), 92-112.

Jerónimo, P. and M. Vink (2011). Citizenship in a Postcolonial Context: Comparing Portugal and the Netherlands. Portuguese Journal of Political Science and International Relations, 6, 109-129.

Vink, M. and G.R. de Groot (2010). Citizenship Attribution in Western Europe: International Framework and Domestic Trends. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 36(5) 713-734.

Vink, M. and O. van Vliet (2009). Not Quite Crisp, Not Yet Fuzzy? Assessing the Potentials and Pitfalls of Multi-value QCA. Field Methods, 21(3) 265-289.

Official Publications

Most recent publications:

Citizenship policies in the European Union

Vink, M.; Groot, G.R. de, 2016. Besharov, D.; Lopez, M.; Siegel, M. (Eds.), A world in Motion: Trends in Global Migration and Migration Policy, 209-231. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Streng naturalisatiebeleid ontmoedigt immigranten uit laagontwikkelde landen

Peters, F.W.C.; Vink, M.; Schmeets, H., 2015, Economisch Statistische Berichten, 100(4712), 358-361.

Naturalisatie in Nederland: wie en waarom?

Peters, F.W.C.; Schmeets, H.; Vink, M., 2015, Bevolkingstrends, , 1-11.

Naturalisatie en integratie: herkomstland nader bekeken

Peters, F.W.C.; Schmeets, H.; Vink, M., 2015. Schmeets, H. (Eds.), Sociale samenhang: wat ons bindt en verdeelt., 153-168. Den Haag/Heerlen: CBS.


See also Google Scholar Publication Profile and ResearcherID and ResearchGate.

Replication data for some of my publications are available through my dataverse at the Harvard Dataverse.


PhD Supervision

Zvezda Vankova, The South – South migrant worker between temporary admission schemes and integration efforts – the case of Bulgaria (since November 2014, co-supervision with Hildegard Schneider).

Fanny Tittel-Mosser, Transnational Migration, Postcolonial Ties and Mobility Partnerships Between the EU and Third Countries: A Comparative Study. University of Minho, Faculty of Law (from December 2014, co-supervision with Patricia Jeronimo Vink).

Floris Peeters, The Citizenship Premium? Naturalization and Social Cohesion. Maastricht University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (since January 2014, co-supervision with Hans Schmeets).

Yabasun Dersim, Towards a More Rights-Based EU Asylum Law and Policy: Challenges and Changes? Maastricht University, Faculty of Law (since August 2013, co-supervision with Hildegard Schneider).

Thomas Huddleston, How Naturalisation Works in Practice: The Implementation of Naturalisation Laws across Europe. Maastricht University, Campus Brussels (since November 2012, co-supervision with Gerard-René de Groot).

Paulina Kosc, Cooperation and Competition in EU Highly Skilled Migration Policy. Maastricht University, Campus Brussels (since October 2011, co-supervision with Tannelie Blom).

Marie Desomer, The Judicialization of European Migration Politics. Maastricht University (since April 2011, co-supervision with Sophie Vanhoonacker).

Natalia Gladkova, Trial by Transit: Transnational Social Networks of Sub-Saharan Africans in Ukraine. Maastricht University (since November 2010, co-supervision with Valentina Mazzucato).

Claudia Engelmann, Informal Governance in European Migration Management: Coordination of Asylum Policies among EU Member States. Maastricht University. PhD defense: 20 March 2015 (co-supervision with Thomas Christiansen).

Natasja Reslow, Partnering for Mobility? Three-Level Games in EU External Migration Policy. Maastricht University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. PhD defense: 5 September 2013 (co-supervision with Sophie Vanhoonacker).

Victor Cebotari, Conflicting Demands in Ethnically Diverse Societies: Ethnopolitical Contention and Identity Values in Europe. PhD defense: Maastricht University, 24 November 2010 (co-supervision with Chris de Neubourg).


Teaching experience

Maastricht University / Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Introduction to Methodology of European Studies, Graduate methods training (Fall 2014)

The European Union and International Migration, Graduate seminar (Spring 2015), with C. Dumbrava

Comparative Methods, Graduate methods training (Spring 2010-2015)

Citizenship and Immigration in Comparative Perspective, Graduate seminar (Spring 2010-2014)
Comparative Politics & Government, Undergraduate course (Winter 2005-2009)
Europeanization and Domestic Change, Graduate seminar (Spring 2006-2009, Fall 2010)
Introduction to the European Union, Undergraduate tutorials (Spring 2005, 2006)
European Migration Policy, Undergraduate tutorials (Spring 2005, 2006, Fall 2006)
Quantitative Data Analysis, Undergraduate tutorials (Spring 2007, 2008)
Democracy and International Regimes, Undergraduate tutorials (Fall 2006)
Research Methods & Research Design, Undergraduate tutorials (Spring 2005-2007)
Research & Writing, Undergraduate tutorials (Fall 2004, 2005)
European History, Undergraduate tutorials (Fall 2004)

Maastricht University / Maastricht Graduate School of Governance
Citizenship and Immigration in Comparative Perspective (June 2009- 2011)

Netherlands Institute of Government (Dutch / Flemish graduate school in political science & public administration)
Europeanization, with E. Mastenbroek and A. van der Vleuten (March 2011)
Comparative Configurational Methods in Political Science & Public Administration (April 2011, 2013, 2014), with B. Vis.

Maastricht University / European Institute of Public Administration
Citizenship and Integration Policies in EU Member States, Seminar (December 2008)

University of Osnabrück / Institute for Migration Studies and Intercultural Studies
Citizenship and Immigration in Comparative Perspective (July 2009)

Leiden University / The Hague campus
Introduction to Political Science, Undergraduate course (Spring 2003)

University College Utrecht
Political Science: State of the Art, Undergraduate course (Fall 2002)

Leiden University
Europeanization of National Politics, Graduate seminar (Spring 2002)
Introduction to Political Science, Undergraduate tutorials (Spring 2000-2002)
Introduction to Political Theory, Undergraduate tutorials (Spring 2000-2003)

Extra Activities

Co-Director, European Union Democracy Observatory on Citizenship (EUDO CITIZENSHIP), Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, European University Institute, since October 2012 (with Rainer Bauböck, European University Institute and Jo Shaw, Edinburgh University).

Coordinator of Standing Committee “Migration, Citizenship and Political Participation”. IMISCOE network on International Migration, Integration and Social Cohesion (together with Jean-Michel Lafleur and Marco Martiniello, University of Liege), since 2014.

Member of Board, Research Network ‘Political Sociology’, European Sociology Association, since 2011.

Chair of Supervisory Board, Research project “Nederlander of niet? Waarom RANOV-vergunninghouders wel of niet een verzoek tot naturalisatie indienen” [Becoming Dutch or not? Why regularised immigrants submit a naturalisation application or not]. Wetenschappelijk Onderzoeks- en Documentatie Centrum (WODC) [Scientific Research and Documentation Centre], Ministry of Justice, Den Haag, 2015.

Member of International Review Panel, NCCR “On the Move” Project of the University of Neuchatel’s Swiss Forum for Migration and Population Studies, funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation, 2014-2018.

Series Co-Editor, Palgrave Studies in European Political Sociology (together with C. Ruzza, H.-J. Trenz, M. Barisione, N. Fligstein, V. Guiraudon, D. Loch, C. Rumford), since 2013.

Member of Jury, Best Paper Award of the CES Immigration Research Network, Council for European Studies, since 2015.

Member of International Editorial Board, Participation and Conflict, since 2013.

Member of Jury, Daniel Heinsius Prize for best MA thesis in political science, Dutch political science association, 2011-2014.

Member of Jury, Best Chapter Award, Section ‘Migration and Citizenship’, American Political Science Association, 2013.

Member of Editorial Board, Kennisbank nationaliteitswetgeving [‘Database nationality law’]. Reed Business, Netherlands: Kennisbank Burgerzaken, since 2010.

Member of Editorial Board, COMPASSS Working Paper Series on comparative methods, since 2014 (previously: Managing Editor between 2009 and 2013).

Member of Advisory Board, COMPASSS network (“COMParative Methods for Systematic cross-caSe analySis”), since 2014 (previously: member of Management Team between 2009 and 2013).

Academic Referee for peer-reviewed international journals: Acta Politica, American Sociological Review, Austrian Journal of Political Science, Citizenship Studies, C&M Working Paper Series, Comparative Migration Studies, Comparative Political Studies, European Journal of Political Research, European Integration Online Papers, European Political Science Review, European Union Politics, International Journal for Comparative Sociology, International Migration, International Migration Review, International Political Science Review, Journal of Common Market Studies, Journal of Conflict Resolution, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, Journal of European Integration, Journal of European Public Policy, Journal of European Social Policy, Journal of Immigrant & Refugee Studies, Journal of International Migration and Integration, Journal of Public Policy, Living Reviews in European Governance, New Political Economy, Policy Studies Journal, Political Research Quarterly, Political Studies, Public Administration, Public Administration Quarterly, Quality & Quantity, Res Publica, Sociological Methods & Research, South European Society & Politics, West European Politics (since 2000)

External Reviewer for IMISCOE Maria Ioannis Baganha Dissertation Award for the best dissertation in the field of migration, integration and social cohesion in Europe.

External Reviewer of book manuscripts for Palgrave Macmillan, Oxford University Press, Amsterdam University Press.

External Evaluator of research funding applications, for Austrian Academy of Sciences (Dissertation Award for Research on Migration), European Commission (FP6, FP7), European Science Foundation, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Canada, Swiss National Science Foundation, Vienna Science and Technology Fund.