PhD Network Structure

The IMISCOE PhD Network aims to strengthen research and network opportunities for doctoral researchers in the field of migration (and herewith related topics). The PhD Network is organised upon the Network Board, the Blog Group, the broader PhD Network community which consists of the PhD Representative(s) of the standing committees (SCs) and the PhD Academy, each with their own active members who plan and carry out activities relevant for PhD migration scholars. The PhD Network is represented by the PhD Representative and the Vice-Representative and steered by the PhD Network Board.

PhD Network Board:

Maria Shaidrova
PhD Representative

PhD Network Structure

Maria Shaidrova is a PhD researcher (NWO funded Research Talent Grant) based at the University of Tilburg, The Netherlands. She holds MSc in Sociology of Migration and Ethnic Studies from the University of Amsterdam (Cum Laude). Maria is focusing her research on understanding the life of the Nigerian community both in Benin City and Palermo.

Mateusz M. Krawczyk
PhD Vice-Representative

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PhD candidate in the discipline of political science and freelance journalist, former managing editor of the Polish monthly "Wszystko Co Najważniejsze". Graduate with master degree in political science, economy and number of courses related to political science, social anthropology and journalism. He is specializing in refugee and forced migration studies and agency of vulnerable groups. His current research is focused on hybrid identity of refugees at the Nakivale Refugee Settlement in Uganda.
Migration Reasearch Hub ID: 3065

Elina Jonitz

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PhD candidate at Erasmus University Rotterdam. In her research, she examines the multi-level politics and governance of post-2014 migrant integration in small and medium-sized towns and rural areas in the Netherlands.

Sebastian Carlotti

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PhD at the University of Pisa and the University of Amsterdam, where he researches selection procedures and visa policies between Europe and West Africa.

Agnese Pacciardi

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PhD candidate in Political Science at the University of Lund, Sweden. Her current project looks at European border externalisation in Africa with the aim of producing a better understanding of how these policies are negotiated, adapted or resisted by migrants, local and diaspora communities.

Simona Schreier

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PhD candidate at the Danube University Krems. The focus of her work is on return and reintegration migration focusing on return processes, living conditions and well-being of migrants returning back to Nigeria.

Billie Martiniello

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PhD researcher in sociology affiliated to the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) in Belgium. Since January 2022 her PhD-research is funded by FWO (Fonds Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek). Her work focuses on understanding and tackling discrimination on the (rental) housing market, with a focus on a local level-approach.

Caroline Adolfsson

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PhD Candidate in international migration and ethnic relations (IMER) at the Malmö Institute for Studies of Migration, Diversity, and Welfare (MIM) at Malmö University, in Malmö, Sweden. Social psychologist who works on related to identity, belongingness, race, ethnicity, and social boundary making in a Swedish context, with particular interest on how individuals experience the group construction of Swedishness.

Adriana Calvo

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Spanish journalist doing her doctoral thesis at the University of Deusto. She researches how undocumented migrant women develop digital communication strategies once settled in destination countries and also specializes in political communication.

Blog Group

The IMISCOE PhD blog forms a platform to share PhD relevant insights from the field of migration research. It is completely run and written by PhD students from the Network. The content varies from interviews with scholars, reports on the latest conferences and meetings and theoretical contributions from our members. If you’re up for an interesting read, you can check out some of the blogposts a

Blog Group Coordinator: Irene Gutiérrez Torres

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PhD fellow and award-winning documentary filmmaker from Ceuta. She has previously worked as co-director of the MA in Documentary Film at the International Film School of San Antonio de los Baños (EICTV), Cuba, when she studied documentary film before obtaining her MA in Spanish Film Studies. She is part of the research groups ECHO (VUB) and TECMERIN (University Carlos III of Madrid), where she works on themes of vernacular cinema and migrant self-representation through participatory video workshops. She has directed Border Diaries (2013), Hotel Nueva Isla (2014), Connected Walls (2015), Exile Diaries (2019) and Between Dog and Wolf (2020).

If you’re interested in contributing to the blog, get in touch here.

Advisory Board

The PhD Network’s Advisory Board is made up of previous PhD Representatives, and members of the Soundboard in the preceding year.

Sandra N. Morgenstern

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Poostdoctoral researcher at the Mannheim Centre for European Social Research (MZES) and at the chair of Migration and Integration at the University of Mannheim.

Carolin Müller

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Cultural studies researcher using methods of cultural anthropology. Her current research explores amateur music ensembles in activist spaces and discourses on belonging, integration, and citizenship.

Samuel D. Schmid

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Postdoctoral researcher and lecturer at the Department of Political Science at the University of Lucerne, Switzerland.

Olav Nygård

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Lecturer in Ethnic and Migration studies, with a background in Sociology. His research interests cover ethnic and class inequalities in educational opportunity and outcomes; effects of school leaving and segregation; social capital and extra-curricular activities.

Social Media

The PhD Network has an active Facebook group and a Twitter account. We welcome all interested PhDs in becoming members of the Facebook group, and to follow us on Twitter. We post news that are relevant to IMISCOE, migration research and PhD life in general.

PhD News & Blog

Reflexivities PhD Sessions Vol. II (Autumn/Winter 2022)

After a great first round of PhD Peer Feedback Sessions on Reflexivities in Migration Studies during the spring semester, we are now launching a second call to continue the sessions into the winter semester! The sessions are organized by PhD members of...

Call for abstracts: MigranTea

Deadline: 19th November, 2021
The Standing Committee on Migrant Transnationalism (MITRA) provides an arena within IMISCOE for exchange on migrant transnationalism. In this spirit, we are happy to announce MigranTea – informal sessions for PhDs candidates, working on the field of...

IMISCOE 2021 Annual Conference PhD Activities Recapped

Yet again, the 2021 IMISCOE Conference was not only a unique opportunity to engage with innovative research in Migration Studies but it also offered PhD candidates in the field the opportunity to cross disciplinary boundaries and connect with each other...

State of the art research methods, academic skills and a Grumpy PhD Chat: PhD activities of the IMISCOE Spring Conference 2021

Initially, I was not planning on going to the PhD network activities of the IMISCOE spring conference, which took place in March 2021. Since at that point my life had been consumed by setting up an experiment survey, it really felt like every moment not...

Program of the PhD-Network activities at the IMISCOE Annual Conference 2021

The PhD Network is happy to share the program of the PhD activities scheduled on July 7th, as per tradition, during the first day of the IMISCOE Annual Conference 2021. We are proud to announce that PhD activities are free and open to all doctoral...