International Metropolis Conference Plenary speakers

June 24 to 28, 2019

The Promise of Migration

Inclusion, Economic Growth and Global Cooperation

Jan Rath

Co-chair International Metropolis Project

Professor of Urban Sociology and Chair of the Department of Sociology

University of Amsterdam


Prof. Dr. Jan Rath received his MA degree in cultural anthropology and urban studies and his PhD from Utrecht University. He is now Professor of Urban Sociology and Chair of the Department at the Department of Sociology, Fellow in the Institute for Migration and Ethnic Studies (IMES) and the Center for Urban Studies (CUS) at the University of Amsterdam (UvA), and he is the European Chair of International Metropolis.

He has been active in various other disciplines, such as political science, sociology of law, economics and economic sociology. He previously held academic posts at the Center for the Study of Social Conflicts (COMT) in Leiden University, the Center for the Study of Multi-Ethnic Society (SMES) in Utrecht University, the Institute for the Sociology of Law in the Catholic University of Nijmegen, and the Department of Sociology in the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA). He has, moreover, been an advisor of the Dutch local and national governments, the European Commission, the OECD, the United Nations notably its Population Division, IOM, UNHCR, and UNCTAD, the World Economic Forum and various other organizations.