PhD course International Migration: Theories, Causes and Consequences

Course dates: 7 April – 18 May, 2022

The course provides a deeper understanding of theories and concepts related to the causes and consequences of international migration in the research field of International Migration and Ethnic Relations (IMER) from a multidisciplinary perspective. The theoretical emphasis is on five interrelated themes: migration and history, transnationalism and mobility, migration and development, migration and governance and migration and welfare.

General Information 

The course runs over 6 weeks from the beginning of April to mid-May (7 April – 18 May 2022). It includes invited guest-speakers who offer seminars and roundtables and is examined through active participation and assignments connected to them. Participants are always expected to read and prepare comments on all the assigned readings before each class. Seminars will have additional instructions. The goal is for all participants to contribute with original insights and reflections, to the benefit of all. Due to possible restrictions of the pandemic, all course moments will be given in hybrid form and hence will take place online via Zoom and IRL if possible. Thus it is important that all participants have access to a stable and reliable internet connection. Participants are encouraged to participate on-site as much as possible in order to gain the most out of the course. There is a small but vibrant PhD community at MAU through which social activities can be arranged. There might be the possibility to access student accommodation at a low cost for the whole duration of the course. Participants interested in this option are welcome to contact the tutors. Confirmation of acceptance on the course will be sent to the applicants by email around 15 March 2022. The number of participants will be limited to 20. PhD students from Malmö University have a priority. A thesis abstract and a statement of motivation (required on the application form, circa 1 A4 page each) will serve as the grounds for selection.


Apart from the main teachers, Pieter Bevelander and Brigitte Suter, the teaching team includes five internationally renowned and leading researchers in the field: Leo Lucassen, Marta Bivand Erdal, Russell King, James Hollifield and Bridget Anderson.

Preliminary Reading List

Cornelius, W., Tsuda, T., Martin, P. and Hollifield, J. (eds) (2020). Controlling Immigration: A Global Perspective. Stanford: Stanford University Press (2nd edition).

Crepaz, M.M.L. (2022). Handbook on Migration and Welfare. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.

Glick Schiller, N. and Faist, T. (2013). Migration, Development and Transnationalization: A Critical Stance. Brooklyn NY: Berghahn Books.

Manning, P. and Trimmer, T. (2020). Migration in World History. London: Routledge.

Ryndyk, O., Suter, B. and Odden, G. (eds) (2021). Migration To and From Welfare States: Lived Experiences of the Welfare–Migration Nexus in a Globalised World. Cham: Springer IMISCOE Series.

Additional articles totalling circa 500 pages will be added to the reading list.


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