Martin van der Velde is associate professor at the Department of Geography, Planning and Environmental Sciences at the Radboud University Nijmegen. He has extensive experience in coordinating and doing research in the field of borders, migration and mobility. He is interested in the effects borders do (still) play on mobility in a constantly changing process of bordering, debordering, and rebordering, not only on a (more concrete) (inter)national scale, but also in more abstract forms in societies and communities (e.g. during the so-called refugee-crisis in the EU). Most recently he has been working on the topic of borders and migration. In this field he published a co-edited book “Mobility and Migration Choices”. Within these thematic foci, thinking about methodological issues always has been an important topic. Quantitative and qualitative methods have been extensively used and reflected upon, both were it concerns (large scale) data collection as well as data analysis.
He has been a local co-ordinator of various national and EU research projects, e.g. in the framework of national and European research programs. He is the co-founder of the Nijmegen Centre for Border Research at the Nijmegen School of Management. He has been the editor of the Journal of Borderlands Studies and he was the president of the Association for Borderlands Studies in 2014-15.