About us

The Institute for Transnational and Euregional cross-border cooperation and Mobility (ITEM) is an interdisciplinary institute that provides expertise on cross-border mobility and cooperation through research, advice, knowledge exchange, and training activities. ITEM’s core value revolves around translating the scientific world into practice, work that is carried out around the core values of knowledge, connecting, and cooperation, which together represent ITEM’s DNA. The goal of ITEM is to address the problems surrounding border regions, and generate real impact in society.

Core team

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Prof. Dr. Anouk Bollen-Vandenboorn

ITEM Director and Professor in Cross border Pension Tax Law

Pim Mertens LL.M. MSc.

Scientific Coordinator and Researcher

Martin Unfried MA.

Senior Researcher

Anja van Bogaert MBA

Business Operations Coordinator

Jacqueline de Groot MSc.

Strategic Advisor

Dr. Math Noortmann

Senior Researcher International and European Law

Esther Ronda-Gruisen

Communications Advisor

Claudia Graat


Inez Kramer


Noah Custers

Student assistant

Melissa Dols

Student assistant

List of partners

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Working at

ITEM’s diverse team distinguishes itself in academia by questioning everyday obstacles with a fixed core of people, within an informal atmosphere. Are you interested in working at ITEM, to join us in tackling cross-border problems, and making a real impact on society? Then check out which open vacancies are currently available below.