The Board of Directors represents the highest authority of the network and decides on the network structuring activities — the joint programme of activities, the allocating of funds and the financial accounting, any changes in the membership and appointments of new working groups. This board will meet at least twice a year. The Board of Directors consists of all directors of the partner institutes (or their mandated representatives), each having one vote in decision-making.
Prof. Sarah Spencer
COMPAS, Centre on Migration, Policy and Society, University of Oxford, UK
Sarah Spencer is Director of Strategy and a Senior Fellow at COMPAS and was Director of the Global Exchange on Migration and Diversity from its inception in 2014 until March 2019. She is Chair of the Board of Directors of IMISCOE, the European network of migration research institutes and scholars, and a member of Kellogg College, Oxford’s largest and most international graduate college.
Sarah’s research interests focus on irregular migrants, on which she has been PI in projects on national and city responses to irregular migrants in Europe, initiated under an Open Society Fellowship, and on families with No Recourse to Public Funds in the UK; on integration (on which she is collaborating with Katharine Charsley, University of Bristol), human rights and equality issues, and on the policy making process. Sarah was awarded her doctorate at Erasmus University Rotterdam, has an MPhil from University College London and took her first degree at the University of Nottingham.
Dr. Warda Belabas
Prof. Ilke Adams
IES (Institute for European Studies), Free University Brussels, Belgium
Ilke Adam is a Political Science Professor at the Institute For European Studies (IES) of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. With Prof. Florian Trauner, she coordinates the Brussels Interdisciplinary Research centre on Migration and Minorities (BIRMM), which is the interdisciplinary research platform joing over 100 migration and diversity researchers at VUB. Her research focusses on the multi-level politics and governance of migration, diversity and equality. She published on immigration and immigrant integration (policies), multiculturalism and religious diversity. She teaches "Diversity Policies in the European Union" and "European Immigration Policies" in the Advanced Master in European Integration, and in the Master in Political Science.
Prof. Pieter Bevelander
MIM, Malmö University, Sweden
Pieter Bevelander is professor of International Migration and Ethnic Relations at the Department of Global political studies and Director of MIM, Malmö Institute of Studies of Migration, Diversity and Welfare, Malmö University, Sweden. His main research field is international migration and different aspects of immigrant integration as well the reactions of natives towards immigrants and minorities.
Dr. Veronika Bilger
ICMPD, (International Centre for Migration Policy Development), Vienna, Austria
Veronika Bilger is the Head of the Research Unit at the International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD). She has a background in African studies with a focus on Social, Gender and Development Studies and has lectured on migration related issues in the Department for International Development at the University of Vienna for many years. Here research interests include migration and integration policy and governance, migration patterns and dynamics, irregular migration.
Dr. Lore van Praag
CeMIS (Centre for Migration and Intercultural Studies), University of Antwerp, Belgium
Lore Van Praag, PhD., is the head of the Centre for Migration and Intercultural Studies (CeMIS) at the University of Antwerp. She obtained a Master and PhD in Sociology at Ghent University. Her research interests are environmental migration and displacement, interethnic relations in schools, tracking, discrimination, early school leaving, and ethnography.
Prof. Francesca Campomori
Cà Foscari, University of Venice (UNIVE), Italy
Prof. Jørgen Carling
PRIO, Oslo, Norway
Prof. Gianni D’Amato
SFM, University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland
Gianni D'Amato is Professor at the University of Neuchâtel and Director of the Swiss Forum of Migration and Population Studies (SFM). His research interests are focused on citizenship, moblities, populism and the history of migration. After his MA in Sociology at the University of Zurich, D’Amato focused his PhD Thesis on citizenship and migrants’ integration in a comparative perspective. He is author of Vom Ausländer zum Bürger. Der Streit um die politische Integration von Einwanderern in Deutschland, Frankreich und der Schweiz (Lit Verlag 3rd edition, 2005). His recent publications include "The Migration Challenge: The Swiss Left in the Arena of Direct Democracy" In M. Bröning & C. P. Mohr (Eds.), The Politics of Migration and the Future of the European Left. Bonn: Dietz, 2018, and "Immigration and, populist political strategies. The Swiss case in European perspective". In G. Titzi, J. Mackert & B. S. Turner (Eds.), Populism and the Crisis of Democracy, Volume 3 , London: Routledge, 2019.
Prof. Mathias Czaika
DEMIG (Department for Migration and Globalisation), Danube University Krems, Krems, Austria
Dr. Dušan Drbohlav
GEOMIGRACE, Charles University Prague, Czechia
Dušan Drbohlav works for the Department of Social Geography and Regional Development, Faculty of Science, Charles University, Czechia, Prague, as a professor of social geography. He is also a head of the GEOMIGRACE (Geographic Migration Centre) team. He specializes in studying an international migration process and migrants´ integration in host societies mainly in Central/Eastern Europe with special regards to Czechia.
Dr. Joaquín Eguren
IEM (Instituto Universitario de Estudios sobre Migraciones de la Universidad Pontificia Comillas de Madrid), Spain
Joaquín Eguren is a Researcher and Professor in the Institute of Studies on Migrations at Comillas Pontifical University, Madrid. He has been founder and coordinator of the Ibero-American Observatory on Human Mobility, Migration and Development (OBIMID). He is co-editor of the following books: Las Migraciones en las fronteras en Iberoamérica (2016), Los movimientos migratorios en las fronteras iberoamericanas (2017), El éxodo venezolano: entre el exilio y la emigración (2018), Caravanas de migrantes: manifestaciones de la compleja realidad centroamericana (in press) y La Trata de seres humanos en Iberoamérica (in press).
Prof.dr. Godfried Engbersen
EUR, (Erasmus University Rotterdam), The Netherlands
Dr. Wiebke Sievers
ISR, Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna, Austria
Wiebke Sievers has been working as migration researcher at the Austrian Academy of Sciences in Vienna since 2003. Her research concentrates on migration and culture in Austria and in international comparison, with her main interest being in literature. However, she also works on theatre, cultural policies and the financing of culture.
Prof. Lucinda Fonseca
IGOT-UL, University of Lisbon, Portugal
Dr. Guia Gilardoni
ISMU, Milan, Italy
Guia Gilardoni is an international research project manager at ISMU Foundation, where she is in charge of the International Relations. She has a research scholarship at the Catholic University in Milan for a field research in Senegal. Her main topics of interest are European migration policy, refugees and migrant integration. For the last ten years, she has been committed to bring research and academic knowledge to policymakers. She holds a Ph.D. in Sociology and Research Methods from the Catholic University of Milan, where she specialized in the integration of young generations in multicultural society, and a bachelor's degree in Modern History from Bologna University. She is a member of the Board of Directors of IMISCOE and now leading ReSOMA – Research Social Platform on Migration and Asylum H2020.
Dr. Marie Sandberg
AMIS, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Director of the Centre for Advanced Migration Studies (AMIS) University of Copenhagen, Faculty of Humanities.
Joint editor-in-chief (with Monique Scheer) of Ethnologia Europaea – Journal of European Ethnology.
Marie Sandberg is an ethnologist with a research focus on everyday life Europeanisation, European borders and migration practices. From 2019 she is the Director of the Centre for Advanced Migration Studies (AMIS) at University of Copenhagen. She is the PI of the research network Helping Hands: Research Network on the Everyday Border Work ofEuropean Citizens funded by the Danish Research Council for Independent Research, and Co-PI of the core-group project Diginauts: Migrants’ digital practices in/of the European border regime funded by the Velux Foundations 2018-2020. She has organized several international research conferences and published a number of peer- reviewed articles in high-ranked journals such as Identities and Journal of European Studies, as well as edited volumes. Marie Sandberg is vividly engaged in discussions within international as well as Nordic fields of migration and border studies. For instance, she studies how borders in/of everyday life are continuously negotiated, overcome, and rebuilt in interactions such as volunteer work in support of refugees coming to Europe.http://saxoinstitute.ku.dk/staff/?pure=en/persons/165782
Prof. Ahmet İçduygu
MireKoc, Koç University, Istanbul, Turkey
Ahmet İçduygu is the former Dean of the College of Social Sciences and Humanities at Koç University, Istanbul, Turkey. He currently holds a dual appointment as a full professor at Koç, one is in the Department of International Relations and the other is in the Department of Sociology. He is also the Director of the Migration Research Center at Koc (MiReKoc). He is an elected member of the Science Academy in Turkey. In addition to his research projects, Prof. İçduygu has conducted various research projects for international organizations such as IOM, UNHCR, EU, OECD and ILO. He teaches on migration studies, theories and practices of citizenship, international organizations, civil society, nationalism and ethnicity, and research methods.
Dr. Barak Kalir
IMES, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Prof. Eleonor Kofman
University of Middlesex, London, United Kingdom
Eleonore Kofman is Professor of Gender, Migration and Citizenship and co-Director of the Social Policy Research, Middlesex University London and Visiting Professor at the LSE Institute of Global Affairs. Her main research interests are in gendered migrations, in particular in relation to theoretical and policy aspects of family migrations, skilled migration and care and social reproduction. She has authored Gendered Migrations and Global Social Reproduction, Palgrave Macmillan and co-edited Gender, Generations and the Family in International Migration, University of Amsterdam Press, 2011 as well as articles in International Migration, Journal of Ethnic and Racial Studies and Social Politics. She is currently co-Director of the Migration and Displacement stream of the UKRI GCRF Hub Gender, Justice and Security (2019-2024), led by the LSE Centre for Women, Peace and Security, and collaborating with a number of academic and NGO partners in the Middle East and South Asia. She is a member of the Board of Directors and of the Executive Board of IMISCOE.
Ana Raquel Matias
CIES-IUL, Iscte-IUL, Lisbon, Portugal
Ana Raquel Matias is a sociologist, Invited Assistant Professor and Research fellow at CIES-IUL, School of Sociology and Public Policy, Iscte, Portugal. Since 2003, she has been working on the intersection between sociology of international migration and language, comparing immigration and language policies in Europe and Portugal. More recently her research focus on language policies targeting both adults and children, at several scales: institutional, family and individual levels.
Prof. Anders Neergaard
Remeso, (Institute for Research on Migration, Ethnicity and Society), Linköping University, Sweden
Anders Neergaard, Professor, Director of REMESO. His research spans several fields: recruitment practices and working life careers with a focus on ethnicity/racialization, class and gender; political sociology focusing on extreme right-wing populism and racism and how populism in Europe has created new forms of political racism; collective organization - especially trade unions and migrant organizations and the intersection between class and ethnicity/racialization, but also gender. He is particularly interested in how migrant workers collective organisation, with a focus on trade unions and migrant organizations; He is also engaged in research on the Third World and North-South relationship, mainly through a perspective of political sociology and postcolonial theory.
Prof. dr. Birte Nienaber
FLSHASE, University of Luxembourg
Dr. Gorka Urrutia Asua
DEUSTO, University of Deusto, Bilbao, Spain
Gorka Urrutia Asua holds a PhD in International and Intercultural Studies, University of Deusto; Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and Sociology, University of the Basque Country; Specialist Diploma in International Humanitarian Action-NOHA, UD and University of Uppsala. He has worked with NGOs, governmental and international organisations in the field of international cooperation in Europe and South America. His research currently focuses on human rights, migrations, diversity and religion.
Dr. Laura Oso
ESOMI, University of A Coruña, Spain
Laura Oso is a Senior Lecturer (Profesora Titular de Universidad) at the Faculty of Sociology of the University of A Coruña where she held the post of Vice-Dean from 2009 to 2013. In 2016 she received the accreditation to Cátedra (Full Proffessor) from the Spanish Evaluation Agency (ANECA). Since 2011 she is the coordinator of ESOMI (The International Migration Sociology Team), being a member of the Executive Committee at the International Sociological Association (ISA) and Vice-president for International Activities at the Spanish Sociological Association (FES). Her research work has centered mainly on the study of gender and migration.
Prof. Ferruccio Pastore
FIERI, Turin, Italy
Ferruccio Pastore (PhD, European University Institute, 1996) is the Director of FIERI since May 2009. He has previously been Deputy Director of the international relations and European studies think-tank CeSPI (Centre for International Policy Studies, Rome) and a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Firenze. Besides research, he has worked as an adviser on migration policy issues for Italian institutions and international organisations. He has published extensively on migration and integration policies and politics.
Prof. Andreas Pott
IMIS, University of Osnabrück, Germany
Prof. dr. Parvati Raghuram
OU, London, United Kingdom
Parvati Raghuram is Professor in Geography and Migration at the Open University. She has published widely on retheorising migration of international students and skilled migrants, particularly women in the IT sector and medicine. She is currently leading a grant on contextualising peace education in Nigeria and Zimbabwe which explores the decolonisation of education as a pedagogical challenge in interdisciplinary and intercontinental research. She has written for policy audiences having co-authored research papers for a number of think-tanks. She co-edits the journal South Asian Diaspora with the Centre for Study of Diaspora, Hyderabad and the Palgrave Pivot series Mobility and Politics.
Dr. Justyna Salamonska
CMR (Centre of Migration Research), University of Warsaw, Poland
Justyna Salamońska is an Assistant Professor at the Centre of Migration Research, University of Warsaw. Justyna holds a PhD in Sociology from Trinity College Dublin. She previously carried out research and taught at Trinity College Dublin, University of Chieti and European University Institute. Her research and teaching interests include contemporary migrations in Europe, multiple migrations, migrant labour market integration, cross-border mobilities, quantitative and qualitative research methods.
Prof. dr. Marlou Schrover
LIMS, Leiden University, The Netherlands
Marlou Schrover is a professor of Migration History at Leiden University. She hold the chair of Economic and Social History. She has published extensively on many aspects of migration with emphasis on the intersection of class, gender, religion, ethnicity and sexuality. She is co-founder and editor in chief of the Journal of Migration History.
Dr. Sarah Scuzzarello
SCMR (Sussex Center for Migration Research), University of Sussex, Falmer, Brighton, United Kingdom
Sarah Scuzzarello is a Research Fellow in Cross-national Comparative Politics at the Sussex Centre for Migration Research (SCMR). Her research focuses on two strands: comparative integration politics and effects on integroup relations; and gender and transnatioanl migration. Sarah’s work is interdisciplinary, drawing from politics, feminist theory, and political psychology.
Prof. dr. Marie Louise Seeberg
NOVA, Oslo, Norway
Prof. Maarten Vink
MACIMIDE, Maastricht University, The Netherlands
Maarten Vink is Professor of Political Sociology at the Department of Political Science, Maastricht University, the Netherlands and Co-Director of the Maastricht Center for Citizenship, Migration and Development (MACIMIDE). Vink currently leads the research project “Migrant Life Course and Legal Status Transition (MiLifeStatus)” funded by a Consolidator Grant of the European Research Council (2016-2021). Vink is also Co-Director of the Global Citizenship Observatory (GLOBALCIT), a web platform that is part of the Global Governance Programme at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies at the European University Institute.
Dr. Kyoko Shinozaki
PLUS-MMG (Paris Lodron University of Salzburg), Salzburg, Austria
Dr. Andrea Spehar
CGM, (Centre on Global Migration), University of Gothenburg, Sweden
Andrea Spehar is associate professor in political science and director of Centre on Global Migration (CGM) at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. Her fields of interest comprise migration and gender policy development in Europe. Her work has appeared, among others, in the Journal of European Public Policy, Comparative European Politics, Journal of Women, Politics & Policy, Eastern European Politics & Societies and International Feminist Journal of Politics.
Prof. Andrew Geddes
EUI, Florence, Italy
Andrew Geddes is a Professor of Migration Studies and the Director of the Migration Policy Centre. During his career, he has led and participated in a number of major projects on aspects of international migration working with a wide range of academic and non-academic partners. For the period 2014-19 he was awarded an Advanced Investigator Grant by the European Research Council for a project on the drivers of global migration governance (the MIGPROSP project see www.migrationgovernance.org for further details). He has published extensively on global migration, with a particular focus on policy-making and the politics of migration and on regional cooperation and integration.
Prof. Helga de Valk
NIDI, The Hague, The Netherlands
Helga de Valk is theme leader ‘Migration and Migrants’ at NIDI and professor of Migration and the life course at the University of Groningen. She was awarded the PhD in sociology from Utrecht University (2006). Her research focuses on migration and integration issues, the transition to adulthood of immigrant youth, union and family formation, the second generation, segregation, and European mobility. She was awarded an ERC Starting Grant (2010 FamiLife) and acquired an ERC Consolidator Grant (2018 MYMOVE). Furthermore she led and was part of a range of national and international projects funded amongst others by Horizon 2020 and Norface. She was editor in chief of the European Journal of Population (EJP; 2014-2018) and winner of the 2016 European Demography Award. She is currently president elect of the European Association for Population Studies (EAPS) and member of the Advisory Committee for Migration Affairs (ACVC).
Dr. Özge Bilgili
ERCOMER, Utrecht University, The Netherlands
Dr. Özge Bilgili is an expert on immigrant integration, transnationalism and development research and policy analysis in relevant areas. She is the chair of Dutch Association for Migration Research (DAMR) and Thomas J. Alexander fellow at the Education and Skills Department of the OECD. She is also regularly involved in commissioned research for country governments and international organizations including IOM and UNHCR.
Prof. dr. Steven Vertovec
MPI-MMG, Göttingen, Germany
Prof. Steven Vertovec is Founding Director of the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, and Honorary Professor of Ethnology and Sociology, University of Göttingen, Germany. Previously he was Professor of Transnational Anthropology at the University of Oxford and Director of the Centre on Migration, Policy and Society (COMPAS). Prof. Vertovec is author of five books including Transnationalism (Routledge, 2009) and Super-diversity (Routledge, forthcoming), and editor or co-editor of thirty-six volumes including Conceiving Cosmopolitanism (Oxford University Press, 2003), The Multicultural Backlash (Routledge 2010), the International Handbook of Diversity Studies (Routledge, 2015), Diversities Old and New (Palgrave, 2015), and the Oxford Handbook of Superdiversity (Oxford University Press, forthcoming). Prof. Vertovec has acted as expert or consultant for numerous agencies, including the UK Home Office and Department for International Development, British Council, the European Commission, the G8, World Bank and UNESCO.
Prof.dr. Anja Weiß
InZentIM, University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany
Anja Weiß is Professor for Sociology at the University of Duisburg-Essen. Her theoretical interests in the sociology of global inequalities translate into comparative empirical research on high skilled migrants, the glocalization of professional medical knowledge, (institutional) racism and legal exclusion, as well as qualitative research design. She co-published “Work in Transition. Cultural Capital and Highly Skilled Migrants' Passages into the Labour Market” (2014) Toronto UP. A German book on “Sociology of Global Inequalities” has appeared 2017 with Suhrkamp Publishers.
Prof. dr. John Wrench
CDI, Trondheim, Norway
John Wrench is Visiting Professor in the Centre for Diversity and Inclusion at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, and Honorary Professor at Aalborg University, Denmark. He has researched and published in the area of ethnic inclusion and discrimination in the labour market at the University of Warwick and the University of Southern Denmark, and for several years was responsible for comparative research projects on migration at the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights in Vienna.
Prof. Ricard Zapata-Barrero
GRITIM, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Spain
Ricard Zapata-Barrero is Full Professor at the Department of Political and Social Sciences, Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain), Director of GRITIM-UPF (Interdisciplinary Research Group on Immigration) and the Master Program in Migration Studies. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the European Network IMISCOE and Chair of the External Affairs Committee, Co-Coordinator of IMISCOE Standing Committee on Methodological Approaches and Tools in Migration Research, Current Coordinator of EuroMedMig (Euro-Mediterranean Research Network on Migration) and EUMedMi Jean Monnet Network “Mapping European Mediterranean Migration Studies”. He is also a member of editorial boards of several academic journals and an occasional contributor to media and policy debates.
Prof. Claudia Pereira
CIES-IUL (Centre for Research and Studies in Sociology), ISCTE - University Institute of Lisbon, Portugal
Prof. Giuseppe Sciortino
University of Trento, Italy
Giuseppe Sciortino (Ph.D, Bologna) teaches sociology at the università di Trento, Italy. His main research interests are international migration, international development, and social theory.
Dr. Katharine Charsley
MMD (Migration Mobilities Bristol), University of Bristol, UK
Katharine Charsley is Professor of Migration Studies at the School for Sociology, Politics and International Studies at the University of Bristol, and a member of the Migration Mobilities Bristol board. Her research interests focus on issues of gender, families, integration and migration, and particularly marriage-related migration.
Prof. Rebecca Wickes
MMIC (Monash Migration and Inclusion Centre), Monash University, Melbourne, Australia
Rebecca Wickes is the Director of the Monash Migration and Inclusion Centre. She is an Associate Professor and Head of Criminology at the School of Social Sciences (SoSS), Monash University. Her research focuses on demographic changes in urban communities and their influence on social cohesion and the concentration of social problems.
URMIS (Unité de recherches Migrations et Société), Department of Sociology of the University of Nice Sophia Antipolis, France
Dr. Ida Tolgensbakk
Ida Tolgensbakk is a cultural historian, with a special interest in migration history and internal mobility within the Nordic region. Tolgensbakk also coordinates the Working Group on Migration and Transnationality at SVA.
ISF, Oslo, Norway
Jan-Paul Brekke is a specialist in migration, integration and diversity studies. A Phd in sociology from the University of Oslo, Brekke covers a broad range of topics within the field, including flows, policy development in the Nordic countries and the EU, destination choices, attitudes to immigration, secondary migration, and labor market integration. He is a H2020 expert, MIPEX rapporteur and frequently used commentator on migration issues in Nordic media.
Dr. Albert Kraler
DEMIG (Department for Migration and Globalisation), Danube University Krems, Krems, Austria
Albert is Assistant Professor in Migration Studies at the Department for Migration and Globalization at Danube University Krems. A political scientist by background (PhD from the University of Vienna), his current research focuses on global asylum and migration governance. Other research interests include migration statistics, regularization and family migration policy. Albert is also a member of the IMISCOE Editorial Board and the External Advisory Board.
Dr. Marta Bivand Erdal
PRIO, Oslo, Norway
Marta Bivand Erdal is Research Professor in Migration Studies at Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO) and a Human Geographer. Her research focuses on the impacts of migration and transnationalism in both emigration and immigration contexts, including areas such as remittances, migration & development, citizenship and migration-related diversity. She currently chairs the IMISCOE Training Committee.
Professor Majella Kilkey
Professor Majella Kilkey is Professor of Social Policy, University of Sheffield, where she directs the Faculty of Social Sciences Migration Research Group. She researches at the intersection of migration and family studies, focusing particularly on the intra-European Union mobility of European Union citizens, and issues of care, transnationality, ageing, gender, masculinities and work.
Dr. Jean-Michel Lafleur
CEDEM, University of Liège, Belgium
Jean-Michel Lafleur is Research Professor at the faculty of Social Sciences of the University of Liège and the Associate Director of its Centre for Ethnic and Migration Studies (CEDEM). He is also a Research Associate with Belgium’s National Science Foundation (FRS-FNRS). His work focuses on the transnational dimension of contemporary migration and on issues around access of immigrants to welfare and citizenship rights.
Dr. Patrick Simon
INED, Paris, France
Patrick Simon is a socio-demographer, Director of research at INED (Institut National d’Etudes Demographiques –National demographic institute) (F), and a fellow researcher at the Center for European Studies (CEE) at Sciences Po. He is chairing the department on integration and discrimination at the Institute for migration since 2018. He is a member of the Advisory board of the NCCR program On the Move in Switzerland and of the WZB (Wissenshaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung).
FAFO, Oslo, Norway