Godfried Engbersen (The Hague, 12 February 1958) is since 1998 professor of Sociology at the Erasmus University of Rotterdam, the Netherlands. His current research activities focus on irregular migration, the relationship between restrictive migration regimes and crime, local and transnational citizenship as well as liquid migration from Central and Eastern Europe. Since 1 September 2014 Godfried is appointed as member of the Dutch Scientific Councel for Government Policy.
He has worked at the University of Leiden (1994-1990) and Amsterdam (1989-1990). Between 1993 and 1998 he has been professor of welfare and social inequality at the Utrecht University. During the spring of 1996 he has been a visiting professor at the Centre of Western European Studies at the University of California, Berkeley.
Moreover, Godfried Engbersen is the Dutch correspondent for the continuous Reporting System on Migration (SOPEMI) of OECD and elected member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Sciences (KNAW) (since 2007). He was an elected member of the Dutch Advisory Commission on Alien Affairs (2001-2009) and member of the general board of the Amsterdam School for Social Science Research (ASSR). Engbersen chaired the KNAW committee on the Future of Dutch Sociology (2003-2006) that resulted in the report Working and Living Together. A Future for Dutch Sociology (KNAW, 2006).
Engbersen coordinates (with Erik Snel) the knowledge atelier ‘Liveable neighbourhoods’ a joint initiative of the Municipality of Rotterdam and the Erasmus University. The aim of the knowledge atelier is to produce conceptual and instrumental knowledge, as well as to contribute to capacity building (mobilizing networks of scholars and policy makers by organizing bonding & bridging activities) (Kenniswerkplaats leefbare wijken).
His latest books are Fatale Remedies. De onbedoelde effecten van beleid en kennis [Fatal Remedies. The Unintended Consequences of Policy and Science, AUP 2009] and (with Richard Black, Marek Okolski and Christina Pantiru) A Continent Moving West? EU Enlargement and Labour Migration from Central and Eastern Europe, AUP 2010.