Dr P.G. Geurts (Nella)
Assistant professor - Radboud Social Cultural Research
Assistant professor - Sociology
Thomas van Aquinostraat 4
6525 GD NIJMEGEN
6500 HE NIJMEGEN
Nella Geurts is assistant professor and studies the in- and exclusion of migrants and their experiences in Western Europe. Currently, she is exploring the role of family and religiosity among Syrian women's social inclusion in the Netherlands and is studying the political inclusion of various migrant groups in Western Europe. Previously, she wrote her dissertation about the integration paradox among migrants, in which she used a mixed methods design to understand why those with a higher socio-economic position experienced a lower sense of belonging to their residence country. In her research, Nella prefers using and combining various methods such as analyzing survey data and in-depth interviews.
In addition, Nella is an editor of Mens & Maatschappij.
- Geurts, N., Davids, T. & Spierings, N. (2021). The lived experience of an integration paradox: why high-skilled migrants from Turkey experience little national belonging in the Netherlands. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 47(1), 69-87. Full text
- Geurts, N., Lubbers, M. & Spierings, N. (2020). Structural position and relative deprivation among recent migrants: a longitudinal take on the integration paradox. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 46(9), 1828-1848. Full text
- Geurts, N., & Lubbers, M. (2017). Dynamics in intention to stay and changes in language proficiency of recent migrants in the Netherlands. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 43(7), 1045-1060. Full text
- Geurts, N., & Van Klingeren, M. (2021). Do religious identity and media messages join forces? Young Dutch Muslims' identificatino management strategies in the Netherlands. Ethnicities, online first. Full text
Research grants and prizes
- 2021 - Nella Geurts received the Christine Mohrmann Stipend in 2021. In her dissertation Nella Geurts studies the integration paradox, an unexpected finding where socio-economically integrated migrants feel less belonging to the Netherlands than migrants who are less socio-economically integrated. Especially migrants with a higher socio-economic position appear to experience certain stumbling blocks for feeling at home, like having unmet expectations. With this stipendium, Geurts will organize a workshop on engaged scholarship with professor Ghorashi (VU Amsterdam) and she will set up a co-creation project on a possible civic integration programme for highly-skilled migrants. More information