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Research areas

International Human Resource Management, expatriation in profit and non-profit sectors (adjustment, performance, the role of host country nationals, the impact of social support), intercultural communication in hospitals.


Marian van Bakel graduated in International Business Communication at Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands. After her studies she was a Visiting Study Fellow at University of Oxford where she conducted a research on the adjustment of Dutch diplomats and their partners in London. In February 2012 she successfully defended her PhD thesis ‘In Touch with the Dutch’, in which she put expatriates in touch with a Dutch host to examine the effect of this contact on the success of the international assignment. During her PhD she also worked as in house communication consultant at Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre in Nijmegen, the Netherlands, and has done extensive voluntary work in the intercultural field for the Young Society of Intercultural Education, Training and Research (Young SIETAR). One of her projects was to co-edit and co-author A Suitcase Full of Discoveries (2008), an intercultural storybook for children.

Currently she is associate professor at the Department of Marketing and Management of the University of Southern Denmark. In her research she focuses on the various benefits of contact with locals for expatriates, both within and outside the workplace, and on how expatriates can more easily get in touch with locals as this can be difficult in certain countries.


Ph.D. International Business Communication, Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands (2012) 

MA International Business Communication, Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands (2002)


In 2016 Marian van Bakel received 173.820DKK funding from Udlændinge-, Integrations- og Boligministeriet for the project ’Breaking out of the expat bubble: Connecting with a Danish colleague’ (www.sdu.dk/bubble). This was followed in 2019 by a Carlberg Foundation Monograph Fellowship (703.000DKK) to enable her to write a book about her long term research topic 'Breaking out of the Expat Bubble'. Furthermore, during her PhD research, Marian van Bakel received several subsidies to enable congress attendance (e.g. LifeLongLearning Programme, two times the Radboud University Nijmegen PhD Internationalisation Fund and a travel scholarship of Catharina van Tussenbroekfonds). In addition, a grant of Catharina van Tussenbroekfonds and Radboud University Nijmegen enabled a three month study visit in 2009 to Reading University (UK), University of Melbourne (Australia), and Victoria University Wellington (New Zealand) to present and discuss her research findings. In 2010 she has also received a scholarship for promising research by external PhD-candidates of the Faculty of Arts, Radboud University Nijmegen.


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