Maarten van Ham is a Professor of Urban Renewal at the Department of Urbanism, Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands, and Professor of Human Geography at the University of St Andrews in Scotland. 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
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