The Standing Committee (SC) Methodological Approaches and Tools in Migration Research (Meth@Mig) provides a forum for discussing methodological approaches and tools in migration research and assessing the options available for tackling methodological challenges. The SC addresses both general issues around research methods in migration studies and issues specific to quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods. The SC also considers how to best foster evidence-based policy decisions. We place special emphasis on sharing innovative procedures and on interconnecting researchers from different methodological schools as well as migration scholars and experts in research methodology.
The Meth@Mig SC aims to contribute to the 19th IMISCOE Annual Conference (‘Migration and time. Temporalities of mobility, governance and resistance’) with two panel sessions on methodological approaches apt for capturing time in the context of migration studies. Research designs that incorporate time are usually labelled “longitudinal”. However, a closer examination reveals that many such studies indeed rely on various waves of cross-sectional data, collected either through quantitative or qualitative approaches. Unfortunately, such data is of limited use when aiming to comprehend the relationship between shifting circumstances as well as changing perspectives. In our sessions, we aim to explore research designs that include more ambitious provisions regarding to the temporal dimension, either by collecting data from the same individuals at distinct points in time, or by critically approaching retrospective questions. We invite contributions discussing any kind of quantitative, qualitative, or mixed methodology, employed to these ends.
Please note that we will not be able to accommodate predominantly substantive contributions, regardless of how the underlying data were obtained. Hence, authors need to demonstrate the methodological focus of their paper and how it contributes to the scientific discussion. Relevant issues include: data collection, incentive strategies, panel attrition, data quality and biases of various kinds, contact-management, ethical issues, running migrants-specific panels studies vs. inclusion of migrants in general-population panels, etc.
*** Please note that you might submit methodological papers with different foci in reaction to the general CfP issued by IMISCOE through the general submission website. However, please be aware that also in this case papers submitted to the Methodological Approaches and Tools in Migration Research SC must have a clear focus on research methods. Substantive issues might be discussed but cannot constitute the main content of the contribution. ***