Koen Leurs – project leader
Koen Leurs is Assistant Professor in Gender and Postcolonial studies at the Department of Media and Culture Studies at Utrecht University, the Netherlands. He is a critical internet researcher who has published widely on migration, diaspora, youth culture, data, and mixed methods in international journals and edited volumes. Leurs has recently published Digital Passages. Migrant Youth 2.0. Diaspora, Gender & Youth Cultural Intersections (Amsterdam University Press, 2015). He is currently guest-editing special issues on ‘Connected migrants: Encapsulation & cosmopolitanism’ for Popular Communication and ‘Digital connectivity and forced migration in(to) Europe’ for Social Media+Society. He recently completed a 2 year EU Marie Curie postdoc titled ‘Urban Politics of London Youth Analyzed Digitally’, at the London School of Economics and Political Science. From February 2016 onwards he is the principal investigator on the 3-year Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research funded research project ’Young connected migrants. Comparing digital practices of young asylum seekers and expatriates in the Netherlands’. He is the chair of the Diaspora, Migration & Media division of the European Communication Research and Education Association (ECREA).