Fran Meissner

Social scientist of urban diversity

Fran Meissner’s main research interest is focused on contemporary urban social configurations and how these are transformed through international migration. She is a Marie  Skłodowska Curie Fellow at the TU Delft and from September 2019 will commence a Lectureship in Urban Studies at the University of Leiden. Fran is also affiliated as a long term research partner at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, where she completed her PhD work as a Doctoral Research Fellow.

Fran has previously been a Junior Research Group Leader at the University of Kassel  and a Research Associate at the School of Oriental and African Studies in the Migration and Diaspora Studies Center.  Before that she started her post-doctoral career as a Max Weber Fellow at the European University Institute in Florence Italy.

Her work grapples with novel perspectives on migrant socialities in cities and the diversity dynamics this produces. Through her PhD research she has developed a keen interest in the use of innovative visualisations to facilitate the analysis of complex data. Her PhD research is an empirical application of superdiversity. It investigates how multidimensional forms of migration related differentiations can be studied through the social networks of migrants from numerically small migrant groups. The work on ‘Socialising with Diversity’ is in the interdisciplinary field of Migration Studies and it has been awarded by the University of Sussex and was published with Palgrave.

Her most recent obsession, next to climbing, is to better understand the complex configurations of the legal statuses migrants inhabit in different cities and neighbourhoods.

Fields of expertise:
Diversity studies, Migration and urban diversification, Personal social network analysis, Data visualisations