Introduction

This SC will provide a forum for discussing methodological approaches and tools in migration research and assessing the best options available for tackling methodological challenges. The SC will build on the former Qualitative and Conceptual Research Cluster’s activities, expanding its scope by including broad range of methodological approaches. The SC will adopt a pluralist perspective as it will address (1) issues specific to quantitative, qualitative, mixed-methods and experimental research approaches and (2) general issues around research methods in migration studies, including, among others,  gaining informed consent, gaining access to hard-to-reach populations, as well as operationalising relevant concepts and employing new communication technologies to carry out studies on migrations. Considering the cross-cutting character of this SC, Meth@Mig will aim to develop the cooperation with other, substantive SCs within IMISCOE to jointly organise activities, including events and publications.

The SC will also consider how to best foster evidence-based policy decisions. It will 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 SC will aim to become a reference-point for methodological reflection in the migration research community within and beyond IMISCOE.

Names of coordinators

  • Justyna Salamońska (Centre of Migration Research, University of Warsaw), Address: Pasteura 7, 02-093 Warsaw, Poland. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Siresa López Berengueres (Sciences Po Paris), Steffen Pötzschke (GESIS/IMIS)
  • Sebastian Rinken (IESA-CSIC)
  • Evren Yalaz (GRITIM UPF)
  • Ricard Zapata-Barrero (GRITIM UPF) 

Names and institutional affiliations of (key) members

To be completed.  

Agenda of activities

Meth@Mig plans to develop activities in three broad categories: research promotion and publication, training development, and network management.

  1. Research promotion and publications
    During its first four years, the SC will organize three international workshops, on opportunities and challenges related to new and innovative research methods in migration studies (to be organised in 2020),  on quantitative methods (to be organised in 2021) and on qualitative methods (to be organised in 2022). Furthermore, the SC will propose at least three sessions at each IMISCOE annual conference (starting from 2020) addressing various methodological issues in qualitative, quantitative, and mix-methods migration research. Agenda for prospective publications includes the special issues in the journals (proposals to be submitted to the selected journals after the methodological workshops on which the special issues will draw), edited volumes and a textbook on quantitative methods in migration studies (to be published in 2020/21).

  2. Training development
    The SC aims to prepare PhD students and junior researchers to better navigate in the variety of research methods landscape. To this end Meth@Mig will develop cooperation with the IMISCOE PhD Network and it will offer PhD training sessions at IMISCOE annual conferences and summer schools (starting from 2020). The SC will also promote accessible knowledge on methods via its online presence (videos, podcasts, blog entries, social media) as a part of Methods Kitchen (to be launched in Spring 2020).

  3. Network management
    The SC will organize formal SC meetings at the IMISCOE annual conferences (starting from 2020). In between the annual conferences, the SC will actively use electronic communication channels and the allocated webpage space on the IMISCOE’s website (starting from 2020).

Output

The planned output of the SC will include a variety of publications, events and presence online, which will be dedicated to quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods in migration studies.

As regards publications, we will develop at least two journal special issues, including

  • Ethical Challenges in Qualitative Migration Research, edited by Ricard Zapata-Barrero, Evren Yalaz, and Dirk Jacobs
  • Opportunities and Challenges of Innovative Research Methods in Migration Studies, based on the workshop organised by the SC in 2020

Among planned publications are also two edited volumes

  • Migration Research in a Digitized World: Using Innovative Technology to tackle Methodological Challenges, edited by Steffen Pötzschke and Sebastian Rinken
  • Key Normative and Descriptive Concepts in Migration Studies, edited by Ricard Zapata-Barrero, Dirk Jacobs and Riva Kastoryano

Agata Górny and Justyna Salamońska prepare the IMISCOE short reader on migration and quantitative methods.

The SC will organise a series of panels during the IMISCOE annual conference dedicated specifically to research methods. Additionally, the SC will promote the methods training, offering PhD scholars with training sessions as a part of annual conferences and summer schools.

The SC will organise three international workshops, including

  • Opportunities and Challenges of Innovative Research Methods in Migration Studies
  • Issues in Quantitative Migration Research
  • Issues in Qualitative Migration Research
  • The SC will hold a strong presence online, with its Methods Kitchen, providing video-interviews, podcasts and blog-type entries, all related to methodological issues when carrying out research on migration