Thomas Spijkerboer (1963) studied law at the VU Amsterdam. From 1982 to 1986 he worked as a volunteer at the Rechtswinkel Amsterdam (legal clinic), specializing in housing law. From 1986 to 1993, he worked at Advokatenkollektief Zaanstreek (lawyers’ collective), where he specialised in asylum cases. Between 1993 and 200 he was a lecturer in Migration law at the Catholic University Nijmegen. In Nijmegen he wrote his dissertation Gender and Refugee Status (Ashgate, 2000; Praemium Erasmianum 2001), combining qualitative, quantitative and purely legal approaches. Since 2000 he works at the VU Amsterdam, where he established the research group on migration law, which is one of the largest research groups on the issue worldwide. From 2001 to 2006, he co-directed the research project Transnationality and Citizenship: New Approaches to Migration Law, carried out with the Catholic University Nijmegen and funded by NWO (the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research). In 2011-2012, he carried out the research project Fleeing Homophobia. Asylum claims related to sexual orientation and gender identity in the EU, funded by the EU. This project resulted in a report and an edited volume. Since 2013, he leads the research project Border Policies and Sovereignty. Human rights and the right to life of irregular migrants (link invoegen naar pagina Migrant deaths in the Mediterranean), funded by NWO. In addition, he is the ad interim head of the NWO-fundedresearch project Migration Law as a Family Matter, which was initiated by Sarah van Walsum.
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