Program leaders

 Members

  • Christof Van Mol, the Netherlands Interdisciplinary Demographic Institute (NIDI), the Netherlands: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
  • Maria Lucinda Fonseca, IGOT- University of Lisbon, Portugal: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
  • Sónia Pereira, Institute of Human Rights of the University of Deusto, Bilbao, Spain: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
  • Ahmet Icdugu, MiReKoç, Koc University, Istanbul, Turkey: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
  • Franck Duvell, Compas, COMPAS, University of Oxford, UK: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
  • Milena Belloni, American Academy in Rome, Italy and CeMIS, University of Antwerp, Belgium: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
  • Stiene Ravn, CeMIS, University of Antwerp, Belgium: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
    Alexandra Parrs, PhD Sociology, URMIS, Universite Paris 7, CeMIS, University of Antwerp and CMRS, Faculte Saint Louis: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
  • Fabiana Minneci, PhD candidate, IGOT – University of Lisbon: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
  • Bruno Machado, IGOT – University of Lisbon: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
  • Alina Esteves, IGOT, University of Lisbon: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
    Helen McColl, NHS: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
  • Gail Womersley, Université de Neuchâtel: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
  • Marja Tiilikainen, Migration Institute of Finland: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Andrea Kölbel, Freie Universität Berlin: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
  • Anja Van Heelsum, Universiteit van Amsterdam: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
  • Aysen Üstübici, Koç Üniversitesi: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
  • Dirk Geldof, University of Antwerp: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
  • Fiona-Katharina Seiger, University of Antwerp: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

The aim of the standing committee

  • Prepare research proposal(s) for upcoming calls (f.e. Horizon 2020, FWO Belgium, NWO Netherlands, Marie Curie NOI)
  • Initiate publication projects (books, articles, etc)
  • Present the results of the Standing Committee in relevant panels, seminars, (IMISCOE conferences and other scientific conferences), and to national and international policy networks (EU, OECD)

Rationale

This Standing Committee proposes to look into the impact of micro-, meso and macro level factors on migration flows and mobility patterns to and from Europe using a case study approach in relevant source and destination countries. Special attention goes to the effect of the social changes, political, digital and ecological transformations on other processes of change, particularly political conflict, economic growths and recessions, (un)employment levels and gender (in)equality. These changes in turn have a structural impact on migration patterns not only in the Euro-African and Euro–Asian migration system and the intra-European mobility flows, yet through global interconnectedness on the Afro-Asian and Afro-American migration systems as well. The core idea is the conceptualization of migration as an intrinsic part of broader exogenous processes of social, economic and political changes and transformations, usually embodied in the concept of ‘development’. In addition, there will be ample attention going to the maximal incorporation of the concepts of structure and agency into the analysis through the use of the concepts of 'migration opportunity structures', ‘migration capabilities’ and ‘migration aspirations’. There is a particular focus on how interconnected political and development transformations have affected and continue to affect mobility and migration patterns between Europe and its significant source countries. Therefore, we will build further on existing large databases, results and insights generated by European research projects in which several research centres and members of IMISCOE were involved: e.g. the FP7 EUMAGINE project ‘Imagining Europe from the outside’ (2010 – 2013) and the NORFACE project 'Theorizing the Evolution of Migration Systems' (THEMIS), the Belgian project MIGRADAPT ‘Making Migration Work for Adaptation to Environmental Changes. A Belgian Appraisal’ and the H2020 CROSS MIGRATION project. With the IMISCOE network, the members of this standing committee cluster were active in the organization of the International IMISCOE 3C PhD Winter School Programme “Changing Europe – Changing Migration” 2014-2018 - Antwerp (2014), Rotterdam (2015), Princeton (2016), Liège (2018) - in cooperation with Erasmus University (Netherlands) and the Université de Liège (Belgium). This standing committee has started in March 2013 as research cluster and has shown consistency in the organisation of projects, conferences and books over the past years. In doing so, this standing committee has always looked at new, emerging topics that would be interesting to focus upon. The changing nature of the topics discussed in this standing committee makes it innovative and increases its attractiveness for new members to join this research cluster.

Activities

As a research cluster, we have been participating at the Annual IMISCOE conferences (Madrid, 2014; Geneva, 2015; Prague, 2016; Rotterdam, 2017; Barcelona, 2018). During these conference meetings and workshops, we have discussed new initiatives, new topics to further elaborate on and used these workshops as the starting point to discuss the next themes and activities. We have organised several PhD workshops (Antwerp, 2015; Lisbon, 2016; Antwerp, 2017; Liège, 2018) and prepared publications based on these meetings.  Soon the following book will be published, based on the workshop held in Lisbon:

Christiane Timmerman, Maria Lucinda Fonseca, Lore Van Praag, Sónia Pereira (Eds., 2018). ‘Gender and Migration. A Gender-Sensitive Approach to Migration Dynamics’. Leuven: Leuven University Press.

More publication initiatives are being prepared, on innovative themes such as a book proposal in the IMISCOE research series on climate change migration, an overview of the workshop on migration aspirations, held in Antwerp 2017 on the Allegra lab.

The meetings organised by this standing committee are always open for new members and those interested in the current themes we discuss.

Future activities

  • 14 & 15 February 2019
    Hof van Liere, University of Antwerp, Prinsstraat 13, 2000 Antwerp, Belgium.
    ‘Migration studies in the digital era - a workshop on qualitative digital research methodologies and the study of mobilities

All information can be found HERE 

  • The slot prepared for the IMISCOE conference, in collaboration with: ‘New in Town: City Entrepreneurship in Innovative Approaches to Newcomer Integration’.