Bio

filo mag muurProf dr Henk van Houtum is head of the Nijmegen Centre for Border Research and Associate Professor Political Geography and Geopolitics at Radboud University Nijmegen. In addition he is a part-time Professor Border Studies at the University of Eastern Finland and a part-time Research Professor Geopolitics of Borders at the University of Bergamo, Italy.

Henk van Houtum graduated in Economics at the University of Tilburg, The Netherlands (cum laude). He wrote a dissertation on the relationship between political borders and economics at the same university. In 1998, at the University of Nijmegen, he co-founded the Nijmegen Centre for Border Research.

He is co-director of the master specialisation on Europe: Borders, Identities and Governance and the master specialisation on Conflicts, Territories and Identities. And he is co-editor of the Journal of Borderlands Studies, Association of Borderlands Scholars (ABS).

He published 18 books and more than 175 academic articles and book chapters.

Research themes

These publications deal with the following issues:

  • The philosophy of borders: epistemology and (im)morality of borders, processes of b/ordering and othering
  • Global justice: Wealth differences and equality of access (to resources),
  • National and regional identity (including the geopolitics, internationalisation of and territorial ‘battle’ in soccer and other sports),
  • Borders in and of the EU: Geopolitics of the European integration, The external border regime of the EU, migrant deaths at the border (see our Dutch book: Beyond Fortress Europe (”Voorbij Fort Europa”),
  • Designing Borderlands: The development of cross-border governance and planning of borderlands (see for this, the book: Borderland, 2013),
  • C/Artography: Mapping territories and borders, Freeing the Map: from Atlas to Hermes (see his co-authored blog CompasstoCartopolitics, and see his TEDxLecture: Free the Map
  • Urban geopolitics and planning: glocal urban politics and identity, and geopolitics of capitalism

In additon, he published more than 200 opinion articles and columns (see for an overview here) in national and international newspapers and magazines. Currently, he is a columnist for the Dutch national newspaper Volkskrant.nl and the Dutch regional newspaper De Gelderlander. Earlier, he was a columnist with the title ‘Ach, Europa’ for De Groene Amsterdammer (see for his ‘De Groene’ columns here) and also for the Radboud University magazine (VOXweb). He is a regular commentator (see for an overview here) for various Dutch media, such as the TV programmes Nieuwsuur, EenVandaag and Filosofisch Kwintet, the Radio stations Radio 1 and 5 and the national newspapers Volkskrant, Trouw, NRC, De Groene Amsterdammer, De Gelderlander. In addition, he is a commentator for various international media.

cropped-Foto-Henk-US-MEX-grens.jpgCurrent Research Projects

  • Editing an international book on C/Artography: From Atlas to Hermes (see our blog CompasstoCartopolitics, and see my TEDxLecture: Free the Map)
  • Writing on the external border policy and immigration politics (2012-2016 FP 7 Project: Website ‘EUBORDERSCAPES’ and on Facebook)
  • Writing on Redesigning Cross-Border Cooperation (disseminations of our book Borderland)
  • Writing on the Glocal Border Conflict of Cyprus (2012-2016 FP 7 Project Website ‘EUBORDERSCAPES’ and on Facebook)
  • For more research projects and interests, see here