Main Applicant

Helga de Valk is director of the Netherlands Interdisciplinary Demographic Institute (NIDI) and professor of Migration and the life course at the University of Groningen. She is part of the Migration and migrants group at NIDI and leads a research group around her ERC project MYMOVE. Her research focuses on migration and integration issues, the transition to adulthood of immigrant youth, union and family formation, the second generation, segregation, and European mobility. She was awarded an ERC Starting Grant (2010 FamiLife) and acquired an ERC Consolidator Grant (2018 MYMOVE). Furthermore she led and was part of a range of national and international projects funded amongst others by Horizon 2020 and Norface. She was editor in chief of the European Journal of Population (EJP; 2014-2018) and winner of the 2016 European Demography Award. She is currently president of the European Association for Population Studies (EAPS) and member of the Advisory Committee for Migration Affairs (ACVZ).



Postdoctoral Researcher

Müge Simsek received her PhD degree in Sociology from University of Utrecht in 2019. In her dissertation, she examined the religious differences between native and immigrant youth and the role of religion in adolescents’ social networks in ethnically and religiously diverse school classes in Western Europe.


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Postdoctoral Researcher

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PhD Candidate

Joeke Kuyvenhoven has a background in interdisciplinary social sciences and completed the Research Master Social Sciences at the University of Amsterdam. Her research interests include internal mobility, neighbourhood effects and socio-spatial inequalities. Within the MYMOVE project, her PhD research focuses on the role of the neighbourhood for differential patterns and consequences of childhood internal mobiliy.

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Student Assistant

Ouissam Abattouy has a sociological and social psychological background as an upcoming graduate of the Research Master's program Migration, Ethnic Relations, and Multiculturalism at Utrecht University. Within MyMove project Ouissam provides both scientific and practical assistance.



Postdoctoral Researcher

Rafael Costa is senior researcher at the Netherlands Interdisciplinary Demographic Institute (NIDI) and affiliated researcher at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel and University of Antwerp. His research focuses on spatial demography, in particular the patterns of demographic change in space and time and the influence of space and networks on demographic behaviour and socioeconomic outcomes. He holds a Master’s degree in Population Studies (2009) and a PhD in Social Sciences (2015) from the University of Louvain.

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PhD Candidate

Juul Henkens has a background interdisciplinary social sciences and social psychology. She holds her first Master's degree in Youth Studies and her second Research Master’s degree in Development and Socialization of Childhood and Adolescence at Utrecht University. In her research for the MyMove project, she focusses on the effects of internal mobility in childhood and adolescence on health and well-being in adolescence and young adulthood. 

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PhD Candidate

Alon Pertzikovitz has a background in Sociology, Anthropology and Latin-American studies and holds a Master's degree in Demography (2019) from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He is currently taking part in the European Doctoral School of Demography (2020/21). His research interests include international migration, internal mobility, fertility and family behavior. Within the MyMove project, his PhD research focuses on the impact of internal mobility in childhood on later life demographic family behavior.