Jurors

The award will be determined five jury members: two permanent and three guest jurors.

Guest jurors are experts on the chosen competition topic and are selected by the EAC and the chairperson of the jury.

Ruth Van Reken is a second-generation Third Culture Kid (TCK) and mother of three adult TCKs. Ruth is co-author of Third Culture Kids: Growing Up Among Worlds, 3rd ed., and author of Letters Never Sent, her personal journaling written as she sought to understand the long-term impact of her cross-cultural childhood. Although she trained to be a registered nurse, for more than 30 years Ruth has traveled to over 50 countries speaking about issues related to global family lifestyles.

Currently she is seeking to understand how lessons learned from the TCK experience can transfer to better understanding those she now calls cross-cultural kids (CCKs) — children raised among many cultural worlds for all sort of reasons. She is co-founder and past chairperson of the annual Families in Global Transition conference. In addition to her two books, she has written a chapter in Strangers at Home, Unrooted Childhoods, and Writing Out of Limbo, plus various other writings.

Meghann Ormond is an EAC board member and Associate Professor in Cultural Geography at Wageningen University & Research in the Netherlands. As a cultural geographer, an immigrant who has lived all over the world, and an ardent fan of the transformative potential of international travel, she’s deeply invested in and concerned with how differently-mobile people’s roots, rights and vulnerabilities are recognised and accommodated in the places they visit and in which they live. For more information, check out: www.meghannormond.com

Matthew Hayes is associate professor of sociology and Canada Research Chair in Global and International Studies at St. Thomas University, Fredericton, Canada. He studies lifestyle migration, especially of citizens of high-income countries moving to lower-income, former European colonies in the Global South. He is author of Gringolandia: Lifestyle Migration under Late Capitalism (University of Minnesota Press, 2018). Having lived, studied and travelled since he was an undergraduate exchange student in Lyon, his work is partly the product of ongoing internal dialogues about the meaning of privileged mobility in an unequal world. ​

Aniek Smit is a historian of migration. She wrote a dissertation on the expatriate communities of The Hague and Jakarta in the postwar period at Leiden University and published on labour migration, career migration and international women’s clubs. She taught various topics in History and European Union Studies at Leiden University and Erasmus University Rotterdam. She currently works as a project employee for the Belgian heritage organisation Het Vredescentrum van de Provincie en de Stad Antwerpen and prepares an exhibition about the liberation of Antwerp after the Second World War.

Kristine Racina is the Director of the Expatriate Archive Centre. Originally from Latvia, she is a self-described ‘military brat’ and has experience as an adult expatriate in Yemen, the Netherlands Antilles and the Netherlands. Kristine is an experienced consultant and manager of projects and teams in government roles in Latvia and Yemen, and a number of NGOs and local organizations in the Netherlands. She speaks multiple languages, including English, Latvian, Russian, Dutch and French. Kristine has managed a number of projects and events with significant budgets and stakeholders in each of the countries she has lived. She has two Master’s degrees in Economics from University of Latvia and Financial Management from Centre Européen Universitaire de Nancy.

The following guidelines apply to the jury:

  • The jury has the right to not award the prizes if they judge the level and quality of the nominated theses in a specific year to be too low.
  • There will not be any correspondence about decisions reached by the jury.
  • For all other cases not described on this website, the EAC and the jury chairperson will decide.

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