Nienke van der Meij
University of Ulster
School of Sport Studies
Study Groups: FM & FD
Research area & expertise:
My research area lies in the anthropology and sociology of sport. Currently, my research centres on the role of sporting academies in the migration of sporting talent from the global South to the global North, with specific on football labour migration. Before this concentration on sport labour migration, I have conducted research in the area of community sports in The Netherlands. During my MSc in Cultural Anthropology at the Utrecht University, I investigated the processes of in- and exclusion in community sports on public playgrounds.
Current reasearch interests & projects:
My current research interests lie in the migration of sporting talent. I am currently involved in a project that investigates the role of the football academy system in football labour migration from West Africa to Europe. More specifically, by means of ethnographic research I explore whether football academies feature as strategy for migration and the role of the household/family in migration processes.
Van der Meij, N. and Vermeulen, J. (2011) ‘Wie Speelt een Thuiswedstrijd op de Playground?’ (‘Who plays a home match at the playground?’) In: Verweel, P. en Wolterbeek, M. (eds.) (2011), De alledaagse kracht van de sport (The commonplace power of sport), Amsterdam: SWP. p. 23-38.
Van der Meij, N. (2011) ‘Jongeren en sport in de publieke ruimte: De Playground’ (Youth and sport in public space: the Playground’) In: Bolt, G., Koster, M. en Van Kempen, R. (2011), Jongeren, Wonen en Sloop: Stedelijke herstructurering gezien door de ogen van jongeren (Youth, living and demolition: Urban restructuring through the eyes of youth), Nicis Institute. p. 75-80.
Nienke van der Meij graduated from University College Maastricht in 2006 (Cum Laude) with an interdisciplinary concentration on Social Sciences and Humanities. She completed her Master in Cultural Anthropology at Utrecht University in 2009. Thereafter she worked as a Junior Lecturer/Junior Researcher at the Utrecht School of Governance of the same university for one year, where she did research on community sport. In October 2010 she commenced her PhD, which is funded by a Vice Chancellor’s Research Scholarship.