The Working Groups

There are four working groups in the PhD Network. These are the Workshop group, Blog group, Teaching group and Networking group. Each working group has a coordinator and several actively engaged members. In addition to the working groups, there’s a team responsible for social media platforms, and an advisory team made up of former members.

Together, the working groups, the teams, and the Representative make up the PhD Soundboard – which functions as the board of the IMSCOE PhD Network.

PhD Representative

Isabella Trombetta

Università per Stranieri Dante Alighieri, Italy

Workshop Group

The aim of the IMSICOE PhD workshop is to provide helpful advice, insight and inspiration for PhD’s in the field of international migration, integration and social cohesion. The workshop is organized by PhD students for PhD students, and they take place at the IMISCOE Annual conference. The Workshop Committee seeks to make the workshop useful for PhDs’ both as part of their projects and for their future careers.

Since the initial workshop in Geneva 2015, the IMISCOE PhD workshop has been a growing success, with a steadily growing number of participants and very positive feedback. All PhD students attending the Annual Conferences can register for the PhD Workshop free of charge.

If you have any questions about the PhD workshop or the workshop committee you can contact the committee at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Workshop coordinator

Mariana Rosca

University of Deusto, Spain

Members Workshop Team

Selin Sivis

Gabriela Petre

Sandra Muller

Vitor Lopes Andrade

University of Sussex, United Kingdom

Morgan Etzel

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 at

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

Coordinator Blog Group

Lisa-Marie Kraus

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Netherlands

Members Blog Team

Diego Castillo Goncalves

Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

Claudia Araujo

Marina Lazëri

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Netherlands

Marie Tuley

Thea Rabe

Domiziana Turcatti

University of Oxford , United Kingdom

Natalie C Bennett

The University of Sheffield, United Kingdom

Carolin Müller

The Ohio State University, United States

Teaching Group

Several PhDs are or will be engaged in teaching activities, although they have little opportunity to reflect on this part of their academic lives. This may particularly be the case in interdisciplinary or international contexts. The Teaching group is therefore established to think about ways PhDs can exchange, learn, inspire and motivate each other to improve their teaching and mentoring skills. The group focuses in particular on teaching that deals with migration and integration, although it is not restricted to teaching in these thematic fields.

Coordinator Teaching Group

Dorina Dedgjoni

Fulda University of Applied Sciences, Germany


Sabrina Colombo

Stephen Asafo Agyei

Abdullah Khoso

Tamar Todria

Institute for European Studies, Georgia

Networking Group

The Networking group aims at connecting all PhD students working on the broader themes of migration beyond the annual IMISCOE conference. In order to collectively support each other, exchange our experiences and widen our network on migration studies we aim at establishing two goals:

We intend to give the possibility to all PhDs (inside and outside the member institutes of IMISCOE) to network around specific topics and/or within their regions.

Through the ‘Intergenerational Feedback’ (IF) sessions organised at the annual conference, we aim at bridging PhD students with experienced scholars for constructive critique in an interdisciplinary and international context. Besides the sessions organised during the conference, we encourage long term collaborations that can continue beyond the IMISCOE events.

Coordinator Networking Team

Maria Shaidrova

Members Networking Team

Sandra Morgenstern

Olav Nygard

Hakan Kilic

Gulce Safak Ozdemir

Domiziana Turcatti

University of Oxford , United Kingdom

Social Media and Advisory Board

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

PhD News & Blog

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