Methodological Approaches and Tools in Migration Research (Meth@Mig)

The Standing Committee Meth@Mig provides a forum for discussing methodological approaches and tools in migration research and assessing the best options available for tackling manifold methodological challenges. The Standing Committee takes on a pluralist perspective as it addresses (1) issues relevant across a wide range of research methods in migration studies, such as obtaining informed consent in cross-cultural settings, gaining access to hard-to-reach populations, operationalising relevant concepts, and leveraging the potential of new communication technologies, as well as (2) issues relevant for specific research approaches (be they quantitative, qualitative, mixed-methods or experimental) as applied to the study of international migration in all its facets and dimensions.


Due to its transversal methodological profile, Meth@Mig is uniquely suited to cooperate with various other IMISCOE Standing Committees that are mainly defined by substantive research agendas. Such cooperation may, for instance, consist of jointly organised events or publications. The Standing Committee places 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 Standing Committee aims to become a reference-point for methodological reflections in the migration research community within and beyond IMISCOE.

Coordinators

Justyna Salamońska

Centre of Migration Research, University of Warsaw
Pasteura 7, 02-093 Warsaw, Poland

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Steffen Pötzschke

GESIS – Leibniz-Institute for the Social Sciences , Germany

Sebastian Rinken

Institute for Advanced Social Studies, Spanish Research Council, Spain

Evren Yalaz

GRITIM-UPF, Spain

Names and institutional affiliations of (key) members

To be completed.

Agenda of activities

Meth@Mig was established in October 2019 and plans to develop activities in three broad categories: research promotion and publications, training, and network management.

  1. Research promotion and publications
    Once travel restrictions and distancing rules triggered by the COVID-19 crisis are phased out, the Standing Committee  plans to organize three international workshops (2020-2023), focusing on (1) opportunities and challenges related to new and innovative research methods in migration studies, (2) issues relevant for quantitative methods, and (3) issues affecting qualitative studies, respectively. As of Spring 2020, we are assessing the viability of this goal as well as alternative (digital) options. Furthermore, the Standing Committee will sponsor sessions at each IMISCOE annual conference addressing various methodological issues in qualitative, quantitative, and mix-methods migration research, whatever the conference format (physical or virtual). Our agenda for prospective publications includes the submission of special issue proposals peer-reviewed journals (based on the aforementioned methodological workshops), edited volumes, and a textbook on quantitative methods in migration studies.

  2. Training
    The Standing Committee aims to prepare PhD students and junior researchers to better navigate the highly varied, and at times confusing, research methods landscape. To this end, Meth@Mig aims to develop cooperation with the IMISCOE PhD Network with a view to offering PhD training sessions at IMISCOE annual conferences and summer schools. The Standing Committee also plans to promote accessible knowledge on methods via its online presence (videos, podcasts, blog entries, social media) as a part of our planned Research Methods Kitchen.

  3. Network management
    The Standing Committee will organize formal Standing Committee meetings at the IMISCOE annual conferences. In between the annual conferences, the Standing Committee will actively use electronic communication channels and the allocated webpage space on the IMISCOE’s website.

Output

The Standing Committee’s output shall consist in a variety of publications, events, and online presence, all of which will be dedicated to methodological options and challenges in migration studies.

Publications that are currently in the preparation include the following:

  • The Practice of Qualitative Research in Migration Studies: Ethical Issues as a Methodological Challenge, Special Issue edited by Ricard Zapata-Barrero and Evren Yalaz (forthcoming in Qualitative Research Journal).
  • Migration Research in a Digitized World: Using Innovative Technology to tackle Methodological Challenges, volume edited by Steffen Pötzschke and Sebastian Rinken, IMISCOE Research Series, Springer, publication envisioned for Spring 2021.
  • Quantitative Methods in Migration Studies by Agata Górny and Justyna Salamońska, IMISCOE Short Reader series, Springer, publication envisioned for Spring 2021.
  • Key Normative and Descriptive Concepts in Migration Studies, volume edited by Ricard Zapata-Barrero, Dirk Jacobs and Riva Kastoryano.