Maarten van Ham is a Professor of Urban Geography at the Department of Urbanism, Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands. He studied Economic Geography at Utrecht University, where he received his MSc in 1998 and his PhD in 2002. Maarten was a visiting Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin (2001 and 2003) and worked at Utrecht University and the University of Amsterdam before moving to the University of St Andrews in 2006. In St Andrews Maarten was director of research of the Centre for Housing Research (CHR). In 2011 Maarten moved to Delft University of Technology where he has a full chair position.

His research interests can be broadly defined as the causes and consequences of family migration: why do people move residence and what are the consequences of moving for the housing, household and labour career? Initially his research focused on the links between residential location, migration and occupational achievement, including overeducation. In recent years his interests have broadened to include: selective mobility into and out of neighbourhoods; neighbourhood effects (see:; migration and home ownership in Europe; mixed-ethnic unions; and international marriage migration. He currently works on projects in the UK, Sweden, Estonia, Lithuania and the Netherlands. Maarten published in international journals such as Environment and Planning A; Urban Studies; Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies; Housing Studies; Demography; Demographic Research; Regional Studies; Population, Space and Place; Applied Economics Quarterly; Journal of Urban Economics. In 2014 Maarten has won an ERC grant. See:

He joined IZA as a Research Fellow in March 2009.


IZA Publications

IZA Discussion Paper No. 10693
Rodrigo V. Cardoso, Evert J. Meijers, Maarten van Ham, Martijn J. Burger, Duco de Vos
IZA Discussion Paper No. 9602
published as: 'Types of spatial mobility and change in people's ethnic residential contexts' in: Demographic Research, 2016, 34, 1161-1192
IZA Discussion Paper No. 8932
published as 'Relations between residential and workplace segregation among newly arrived immigrant men and women' in: Cities, 2016, 59, 131-138
IZA Discussion Paper No. 8777
published as: "The Potential of Community Entrepreneurship for Neighbourhood Revitalization in the United Kingdom and the United States". published in: [ Journal of Enterprising Communities: People and Places in the Global Economy], 2015, 9(3), 253-276.
IZA Discussion Paper No. 8026
Rūta Ubarevičienė, Maarten van Ham, Donatas Burneika
published in: Urban Studies Research, 2106, Article 5395379 (
IZA Discussion Paper No. 7526
published as 'Neighbourhood Selection of Non-Western Ethnic Minorities: Testing the Own-Group Effects Hypothesis Using a Conditional Logit Model' in: Environment and Planning A, 2015, 47(5), 1155-1174
IZA Discussion Paper No. 7012
Rūta Ubarevičienė, Donatas Burneika, Maarten van Ham
published as: 'Ethno-political Effects of Suburbanization in the Vilnius Urban Region. An Analysis of Voting Behaviour' in: Journal of Baltic Studies, 2015, 46 (2), 217 - 242
IZA Discussion Paper No. 6794
published as 'Cumulative Exposure to Disadvantage and the Intergenerational Transmission of Neighbourhood Effects' in: [Journal of Economic Geography], 2015, 15(1), 195-215
IZA Discussion Paper No. 6572
published as 'Intergenerational transmission of neighbourhood poverty. An analysis of neighbourhood histories of individuals' in: [Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers], 2014, 39, 402-417
IZA Discussion Paper No. 6394
published as: 'A longitudinal study of migration propensities for mixed ethnic unions in England and Wales' in: [Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies], 2014, 40 (3), 384-403
IZA Discussion Paper No. 6372
published in: Christopher D Lloyd, Ian Shuttleworth and David Wong (eds.), Social-Spatial Segregation: Concepts, Processes and Outcomes, The Policy Press, 2014
IZA Discussion Paper No. 6146
published as: 'Following People Through Time: An Analysis of Individual Residential Mobility Biographies' in: Housing Studies, 2013, 28(7), 1037-1055
IZA Discussion Paper No. 5861
published as 'Spatial mobility and social outcomes' in: Journal of Housing and the Built Environment, 2014, 29 (4), 699-727
IZA Discussion Paper No. 5634
published in: Bridge, G., Butler, T. & Lees, L. (eds.), Mixed Communities: Gentrification by Stealth, Policy Press, Bristol, 2011
IZA Discussion Paper No. 5628
published as 'The Consequences of Divorce and Splitting up for Spatial Mobility in the UK' in: [Comparative Population Studies], 2013, 38 (2), 405-432
IZA Discussion Paper No. 5622
published as 'Factors Shaping Workplace Segregation Between Natives and Immigrants' in: [Demography], 2014, 51(2), 645-671
IZA Discussion Paper No. 5617
revised version published in: Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 2013, 39 (5), 845-862
IZA Discussion Paper No. 5612
published as 'Partner (dis)agreement on moving desires and the subsequent moving behaviour of couples' in: [Population, Space and Place], 2012, 18 (1), 16-30
IZA Discussion Paper No. 5271
published in: Van Ham M., Manley D., Bailey N., Simpson L., Maclennan D. (eds.), [Neighbourhood Effects Research: New Perspectives] (Chapter 7), Springer Dordrecht, 2012, 147-173
IZA Discussion Paper No. 5193
published in: Van Ham M., Manley D., Bailey N., Simpson L., Maclennan D. (eds.), [Neighbourhood Effects Research: New Perspectives] (Chapter 4), Springer Dordrecht, 2012, 79-99
IZA Discussion Paper No. 5115
published in: Journal of Housing and the Built Environment, 2013, 28 (1), 129-146
IZA Discussion Paper No. 4797
published as 'Migration, Occupational Mobility, and Regional Escalators in Scotland' in: [Urban Studies Research], 2012 (2012), Article ID 827171
IZA Discussion Paper No. 4094
published as 'The effect of neighbourhood housing tenure mix on labour market outcomes: a longitudinal investigation of neighbourhood effects' in: Journal of Economic Geography, 2010, 10 (2), 257 - 282