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Dr. van Riemsdijk’s research agenda is broadly defined by questions of belonging and exclusion, barriers to the free movement of skilled labor, and the restructuring of skilled labor markets. She is especially interested in the ways in which institutions and actors shape international skilled migration flows, and how migration regulations are formed, contested, and possibly transformed. She is currently working on the governance of international skilled migration and the involvement of stakeholders in migration policymaking. The project investigates the experiences of foreign-born engineers and information technology (IT) specialists in Oslo, Stavanger, and Kongsberg, and the socio-spatial strategies of stakeholders to influence migration policies at local, regional, and national scales. This research is funded by the National Science Foundation (Award #1155339), and more information about the project can be found here.

Dr. van Riemsdijk has previously conducted research on the place-making strategies of foreign-born nurses and IT specialists in Oslo, talent acquisition in IT companies in Bangalore, India, the politics surrounding the European Blue Card, and the transfer of professional qualifications in the European Union. Prospective students are encouraged to contact Dr. van Riemsdijk at vanriems@utk.edu.