Assistant Professor of Sociology of Governance and Migration
Email: Ann Morissens
Dr. Ann Morissens is Assistant Professor of Sociology of Governance and Migration at the Faculty of Behavioural, Management & Social Sciences, University of Twente, The Netherlands. Her research activities are situated at the department of Public Administration. She studied Political Sciences (MA) at the KU Leuven (Belgium). She complemented these studies with an MA in Swedish Social Studies from the University of Stockholm (Sweden).
She holds a PhD in Social Sciences from the University of Roskilde (Denmark). In her dissertation she examined labour market and financial outcomes for migrants in Denmark, Germany and the United Kingdom: Immigrants’ Socio-Economic Outcomes in Different Welfare States, How do they fare? A Comparative Study of Denmark, Germany and the United Kingdom.
Before joining the University of Twente, she was senior research associate at the Higher Institute for Labour Studies at the KU Leuven. She has also worked as research associate and user-support coordinator at the Luxembourg Income Study (LIS). She also acted as an external consultant for UNRISD.
Research interests and expertise
Ann Morissens is interested in research dealing with migration and its policies and outcomes using a comparative approach. In the future she wants to focus on outcomes for migrants, and in particular migrant women, from a life course point of view. Besides her interest in migration research, Ann Morissens is also interested in research themes related to poverty and inequality and outcomes for groups at risk (the unemployed, migrants, solo mothers) in different welfare regimes and the role of policies, especially family policies.
Ann Morissens has also been an invited external referee for the following journals:
Social Service Review, Social Science Research, Sociology Compass, Journal of Social Policy, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies and International Political Science Review, Migration Studies, Comparative Political Studies, Comparative Migration Studies
- Work and Family research network (WFRN)
- Council for European Studies (CES) and chaired a session on migrants’ socio-economic outcomes at the Conference of Europeanists in 2014 (see also conferences)
- European social policy network ESPAnet and chaired a session on migration and social policy at the annual conference in 2013 and has presented at several annual conferences(see also conferences).
- Netherlands Institute of Government (NIG)
A. Peer reviewed journals
- Morissens, Ann (2007) ‘Socio-economische uitkomsten voor migranten in verschillende welvaartsregimes’ Tijdschrift voor Sociologie, Vol 28, Issue 3/4: 423-455.
- Morissens, Ann & Sainsbury, Diane (2005) ‘Immigrants’ social rights, ethnicity and welfare regimes’ Journal of Social Policy, Vol 34 (4): 637-660.
- Sainsbury, Diane & Morissens, Ann (2002) ‘Poverty in Europe in the mid-1990s: the effectiveness of means-tested benefits.’ Journal of European Social Policy, Vol. 12 (4): 307-327.
B. Chapters in books
- Sainsbury, Diane & Morissens, Ann. (2012) ‘Immigrants social rights across Welfare States ’ in Sainsbury, D. Welfare States and Immigrant Rights, The Politics of Inclusion and Exclusion. Oxford University Press. Isbn 978-0-19-965477-2.
- Sainsbury, Diane & Morissens, Ann. (2009) ‘Sweden: The feminization of Poverty’ in Goldberg T. (ed.) The feminization of Poverty in Rich Countries. Oxford University Press.
- Nicaise, Ides & Morissens, Ann (2008) ‘Armoede bij kinderen en kinderrechten in België’ in Vandenhole, W. (red.) Kinderrechten in België. Intersentia.
- Morissens, Ann (2006) ‘Immigrants, Unemployment and Europe’s Varying Welfare Regimes’ in Parsons, C. & Smeeding, T. (eds.) Immigration and the Transformation of Europe. Cambridge University Press.
C. Working papers
- Sainsbury, Diane & Morissens, Ann. (2002) European Anti-poverty policies in the 1990s: Toward a Common Safety net? LIS working paper series, no.307.
- Morissens, Ann (1999) Solo Mothers and Poverty: Do Policies Matter? A Comparative Case Study of Belgium and Sweden. LIS working paper series no.210.
D. Conference papers and chaired sessions (most recent)
- Morissens, A. (2014) ‘The role of targeted versus universal benefits in combating poverty in single-parent families across 17 countries’. Paper presented at the Work and Family Researchers Network (WFRN) Conference, New York, 19-21 juni, 2014.
- Stream convenor: The Socio Economic position of migrants in Europe. 21st Conference of Europeanists (CES), Washington DC, March 14-16 2014.
- Morissens, A. (2013) ‘What is the role of gender ideology for Turkish and native women’s employment in Germany?’ European Consortium of Sociological Research (ECSR) annual conference, Tilburg, October 2013.
- Stream convenor: Migration and Social Policy: Current Research and New Perspectives. European Social Policy Analysis Network (ESPAnet) annual conference Poznan, Poland, September 2013.
- Gemenis, K., Kuipers, J. & Morissens, A. (2011), ‘Defining and measuring populism: how populist is Wilders’ Party for Freedom?’, Annual Conference, Netherlands Institute of Government (NIG), Rotterdam. December 1-2, 2011.
- Morissens, A. & De Blander, R. (2011), ‘Migrants’ attitudes toward government’s responsibility for welfare provision and moral consequences of the welfare state in 12 European countries’, ESPAnet Annual conference, Valencia, September 8-11, 2011.
- Morissens, A. & De Blander, R. (2011), ‘Different or not? Migrants’ attitudes toward government’s responsibility and moral consequences of the welfare state’,ECPR 6 th. General Conference, Reykjavik, August 24-27, 2011.
- Epping, E., Morissens, A. & Vossensteyn, J.J. (2011), ‘Post-graduation strategies for students from developing countries: exploring four developed countries in terms of brain drain/brain gain and brain circulation’, ECPR 6 th. General Conference, Reykjavik, August 24-27, 2011.
E. Research Reports (selection)
- Schockaert, I., Morissens, A., Cincinnato, S., Nicaise, I. (2012), Armoede tussen de plooien, aanvullingen en correcties op EU-SILC voor verborgen groepen armen, HIVA, KU Leuven.
- Morissens, A. under mitarbeit von S. Saharso, D. Kraan, E. Houpst (2011). Die Almeloer Abteilungen (an)erkennen und bekennen Farbe? In: Stadt Munster & Gemeente Almelo (ed.)Handbuch Migrationsleitbild Erfahrungen aus Almelo und Münster. Pp. 46-84.
- Morissens, A. m.m.v. S. Saharso, D. Kraan, E. Houpst (2011). De Almelose afdelingen (h)erkennen en bekennen kleur. In: Stadt Münster & Gemeente Almelo (ed.) 2011: Handboek Integratievisie. Ervaringen uit Almelo en Munster. Pp. 36-65
- Vancluysen, K., Van Craen, M., Lamberts, M., Morissens, A., Pauwels, F., Sannen, L., Ackaert, J., (2009). De Vlaamse Integratiekaart Deel I: Conclusies en beleidsaanbevelingen. Steunpunt gelijkekansenbeleid.
- Sannen, L., Lamberts, M., Morissens, A., Pauwels, F. (2009). De Vlaamse Integratiekaart Deel III: Naar een Vlaamse integratiemonitor. Steunpunt Gelijkekansenbeleid.
- Morissens, A & Nicaise, I. (2007) Combating Child Poverty in Belgium. Report for the Network of Independent National Experts on Social Inclusion/EU Commission.
- Morissens, A. & Nicaise, I (2006) Integration of Immigrants and Ethnic Minorities in Belgium. Report for the Network of Independent National Experts on Social Inclusion/EU Commission.
- Morissens, A. & Nicaise, I. (2006) Assessment of the Belgian NAP/Inclusion 2005-2006 Implementation Report. Report for the Network of Independent National Experts on Social Inclusion/EU Commission.
- Morissens, A. & Nicaise, I. (2006) Assessment of the Social Inclusion strand of the Belgian National Strategy Report on Social Protection and Social Inclusion. Report for the Network of Independent National Experts on Social Inclusion/EU Commission.
- Morissens, A. & Nicaise, I. (2006) Linking the Belgian social inclusion strategy to the Lisbon Reform Programme – and vice versa. Report for the Network of Independent National Experts on Social Inclusion/EU Commission.
- Morissens, A.(2006) Immigrants’ Socio-Economic Outcomes in Different Welfare States, How do they fare? A Comparative Study of Denmark, Germany and the United Kingdom. Roskilde: Department of Social Sciences, Roskilde University.
Holds the University Teaching Qualification (UTQ)
Has been teaching several courses:
- Maatschappelijke Organisatie
- Introduction to Sociology
- Analyse van Sociale Problemen
- Management en Organisatie van Professionele Organisaties
- Organisatie-en omgevingsanalyse
- Thesis supervision of bachelor and master students
2013 Project coordinator of the migration in Europe project
2014 Tutorials sociology and economics
My main research interests are broadly speaking: migration, welfare states and social exclusion in a comparative perspective. Therefore, students who are interested in exploring one of these topics in more depth for their BA or MA thesis are welcome to contact me with the idea they have. For those not having an idea yet, you can have a look at the keywords below to become inspired. If your topic is not in the list but if you feel it comes close, you can of course contact me.
- Poverty /social exclusion among migrants or in general
- Labour market participation among migrant women and policy challenges related to this and (child) care preferences among migrant women
- Educational attainment of migrant children
- Immigration and integration policies (and possible consequences)
- Attitudes toward the welfare state (also from a migrants’ perspective)
- Family policies (e.g. parental leave) and work-life balance
- Groups at risk (solo mothers, workless households, etc.)