Coordinator: Majella Kilkey (Reader in Social Policy and Co-Director of Faculty of Social Sciences Migration Research Group, University of Sheffield, United Kingdom).

Objectives

The IMISCOE Southeast European Migration research group (iSTEM) is a collaboration among the Migration Research Group of the University of Sheffield (MRG), the Southeast European Research Centre of the University of Sheffield, International Faculty-CITY College (SEERC), the Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP) and the Faculty of Political Sciences of the University of Belgrade (FPN).

iSTEM works towards two objectives. The first objective is to link the IMISCOE network with the activities and research outputs of the MIGRATE Jean Monnet Network and facilitate its expansion by including a leading regional think tank in the activities of iSTEM. The research initiative, led by MRG, builds on the already existing newly founded MIGRATE, which will run its research and networking activities until October 2019, under the coordination of SEERC. MIGRATE looks at the post-2014 migrant crisis as a trigger-event, affecting the EU integration process. iSTEM enables the existing MIGRATE network to develop further inside the IMISCOE framework, by expanding to include ELIAMEP, a Greek leading think tank in Southeast Europe targeting issues related to regional stability and integration processes with a strong policy focus.

iSTEM’s second objective is to facilitate the research group in putting together a Horizon 2020 Twinning proposal on Migration and Mobility in Southeast Europe. The purpose of this particular H2020 initiative is to strengthen significantly a defined field of research, in this case Migration and Mobility, in a research institution from a widening country with potential for research excellence, in this case the FPN in Serbia.

Members

  • Dr Majella Kilkey, Reader in Social Policy and Co-Director of Faculty of Social Sciences Migration Research Group, University of Sheffield, United Kingdom.
  • Dr Jovan Teokarevic, Professor at the Faculty of Political Sciences (FPN) and Head of the Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies of the Balkans (CisBalk), University of Belgrade, Serbia.
  • Dr Alexandra Prodromidou, Research Associate at the Southeast European Research Centre and Lecturer in the Business Administration and Economics Department, University of Sheffield, International Faculty-City College, Thessaloniki, Greece.
  • Dr Pavlos Gkasis, Research Associate at the Southeast European Research Centre and Lecturer in the Business Administration and Economics Department, University of Sheffield, International Faculty-City College, Thessaloniki, Greece.
  • Dr Ioannis Armakolas, Assistant Professor in Comparative Politics of South East Europe at the Department of Balkan, Slavic and Oriental Studies, University of Macedonia, Thessaloniki, Greece and Head of the South-East Europe Program of ELIAMEP, Athens, Greece.

Agenda of activities

Activity 1:

Fact finding mission (Belgrade, Serbia) June 2017

Activity 2:

Writing of a 2017 Twinning proposal Start date April 2017-end date November 2017

Activity 3:

Attend the 2018 Spring  IMISCOE conference (date tbc)

Output

1) Submission of a H2020 Twinning proposal in November 2017. 

Between April 1st 2017 and November 2017 iSTEM members will put together a H2020 Twinning proposal. The purpose of this particular H2020 initiative is to strengthen significantly a defined field of research, in this case Migration/Mobility, in a university from a widening country with potential for research excellence, like the Faculty of Political Science, University of Belgrade, Serbia, represented in iSTEM by Dr Jovan Teokarevic, Professor at the Faculty of Political Sciences of the University of Belgrade and Head of the Faculty’s Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies of the Balkans. The main goal of Twinning is to bring together internationally leading institutions with promising universities or research centers in order to build research and teaching capacity. The contribution of the University of Sheffield Migration Research Group through Dr Majella Kilkey, Reader in Social Policy and Co-Director of the Centre, who will coordinate iSTEM; of ELIAMEP through Dr Ioannis Armakolas,  Head of ELIAMEP’s South-East Europe Programme and Assistant Professor in Comparative Politics of South East Europe at the Department of Balkan, Slavic and Oriental Studies, University of Macedonia, Thessaloniki, Greece; and of the Southeast Europe Research Centre through Dr Alexandra Prodromidou and Dr Pavlos Gkasis, MIGRATE coordinators and lecturers in the Business Administration and Economics Department of the International Faculty of the University of Sheffiled-CITY College, Thessaloniki, Greece, will be channeled towards developing expertise in the field of Migration, not only in relation to the current migrant crisis, but also on different aspects of the topic, including economic migration and issues of mobility.

2)  iSTEM 2018 Spring  IMISCOE conference panel

The research group will present an iSTEM panel on the ‘Migrant crisis in Southeast Europe’. Panelists will speak about the post-March 2016 developments in the countries formerly composing the Balkan corridor and currently faced with socio-political and economic challenges linked to the migrant populations confined inside the now closed route. Preliminary results from the research conducted for the MIGRATE Jean Monnet Network will also be presented.