Board of Directors

The Board of Directors represents the highest authority of the network and decides on the network structuring activities — the joint programme of activities, the allocating of funds and the financial accounting, any changes in the membership and appointments of new working groups. This board will meet at least twice a year. The Board of Directors consists of all directors of the partner institutes (or their mandated representatives), each having one vote in decision-making.

Dr. Wiebke Sievers (Chair Board of Directors)

ISR, Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna, Austria

Wiebke Sievers is senior researcher at the Institute for Urban and Regional Research at the Austrian Academy of Sciences in Vienna and lecturer at the department of German-Jewish Literature and Cultural History, Exile and Migration at the European University Viadrina in Frankfurt/Oder. Her research focuses on migration, art and culture. Together with Marco Martiniello, she coordinates the IMISCOE Standing Committee Superdiversity, Migration and Cultural Change (DIVCULT). With Rainer Bauböck, she is co-editor of the series „Migration &“, which aims to make international migration research accessible to a wider German-speaking readership.

Prof. Jean-Michel Lafleur (IMISCOE Coordinator)

CEDEM, University of Liège, Belgium

Dr. Daniela Vintila (IMISCOE Associate Coordinator & Senior Network Officer)

CEDEM, University of Liège, Belgium

Daniela Vintila is Associate Coordinator and Senior Network Officer of IMISCOE. She is also Maître de Conférences at the Centre for Ethnic and Migration Studies (CEDEM) of the University of Liège, chair of the Standing Group Migration and Ethnicity of the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR) and chair of the Research Committee RC03 European Unification of the International Political Science Association (IPSA). She previously carried out research at the University of Leicester and at the Spanish National Research Council. She holds a PhD in Political Science from Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. Her interests lie, especially, in the areas of comparative politics, migration, EU citizenship, political mobilisation, and social protection.


Prof. Ilke Adam

BIRMM, Free University Brussels, Belgium

Ilke Adam is the director Brussels Interdisciplinary Research centre on Migration and Minorities (BIRMM) at Vrije Universiteit Brussel, which unites over 100 researchers from 12 disciplines and a political science professor at the Brussels School of Governance at the same university. Adam has a long track record of interdisciplinary research and teaching on immigration and diversity, equality and inclusion policies (under many of its different labels: equality, anti-discrimination, anti-racism, immigrant integration, diversity), with a more recent focus on anti-racist activism and ethno-racial inequalities in higher education. Adam is currently a consortium partner in two Horizon 2020 projects (BRIDGES and WHOLE-COM) and also conducts research and prepares publications on anti-racist activism in Europe and EU-Africa relations on migration. She teaches 'Diversity Policies in the EU' and 'EU immigration policies' in the Advanced Master in European Integration at Vrije Universiteit Brussel.

Prof. Ibrahim Awad

CMRS, American University Cairo, Egypt

Dr. Pascal Beckers

Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands

Pascal Beckers is Associate Professor in Human Geography and Planning at the Radboud University Nijmegen (NL) with particular expertise on issues related to migrant inclusion, employment and housing. He lectures on Research Methods, Migration and Urban Studies and has been coordinating several small and large scale research projects funded by EU, ZonMw and NWO on foreign skills recognition, cultural diversity management, labour market integration of refugees, (EU) labour migrants and irregular migrants, refugee mental health, cross-border governance of labour migration, housing issues of labour migrants. He is currently coordinating the EU Horizon Europe project DignityFirm on EU governance of irregular migrants working in Farm to Fork sectors as well as the EU Horizon Europe project GS4S (Global Strategy for Skills, Migration and Development). He is Director of Research at the Radboud University Network on Migrant Inclusion (RUNOMI), a university-wide network of 120+ scholars specialized in migrant inclusion issues.

Dr. Milena Belloni

MIGLOBA, University of Antwerp, Belgium

Milena Belloni is Research Professor in Migration and Global Mobility at the Department of Sociology of the University of Antwerp, Belgium. Since 2023 she coordinates MIGLOBA- the Network of Migration and Global Mobility of the University of Antwerp. She has 10-year experience in researching forced migration, transnational families and protracted displacement. She has specialized in ethnographic methods and conducted extensive fieldwork in the Horn of Africa, and in different countries in Europe. Together with Fiona-Katharina Seiger and Asya Pisarevskaya, she is among the founders of the IMISCOE Migration Podcast.

Prof. Pieter Bevelander

MIM, Malmö University, Sweden

Pieter Bevelander is professor of International Migration and Ethnic Relations at the Department of Global political studies and Director of MIM, Malmö Institute of Studies of Migration, Diversity and Welfare, Malmö University, Sweden. His main research field is international migration and different aspects of immigrant integration as well the reactions of natives towards immigrants and minorities.

Dr. Ulrike Bialas

MPI-MMG, Germany

Dr. Veronika Bilger

ICMPD, (International Centre for Migration Policy Development), Vienna, Austria

Veronika Bilger is the Head of the Research Unit at the International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD). She has a background in African studies with a focus on Social, Gender and Development Studies and has lectured on migration related issues in the Department for International Development at the University of Vienna for many years. Here research interests include migration and integration policy and governance, migration patterns and dynamics, irregular migration.

Dr. Özge Bilgili

ERCOMER, Utrecht University, The Netherlands

Dr. Özge Bilgili is an expert on immigrant integration, transnationalism and development research and policy analysis in relevant areas. She is the chair of Dutch Association for Migration Research (DAMR) and Thomas J. Alexander fellow at the Education and Skills Department of the OECD. She is also regularly involved in commissioned research for country governments and international organizations including IOM and UNHCR.

Prof. Marta Bivand Erdal

PRIO, Oslo, Norway

Marta Bivand Erdal is Research Professor in Migration Studies at Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO) and a Human Geographer. Her research focuses on the impacts of migration and transnationalism in both emigration and immigration contexts, including areas such as remittances, migration & development, citizenship and migration-related diversity. She currently chairs the IMISCOE Training Committee.

Dr. Saskia Bonjour

ARC-M, University of Amsterdam, Belgium

Dr. Géraldine Bozec

URMIS (Unité de recherches Migrations et Société), Department of Sociology of the University of Nice Sophia Antipolis, France

Dr. Jan-Paul Brekke

ISF, Oslo, Norway

an-Paul Brekke is a specialist in migration, integration and diversity studies. A Phd in sociology from the University of Oslo, Brekke covers a broad range of topics within the field, including flows, policy development in the Nordic countries and the EU, destination choices, attitudes to immigration, secondary migration, and labor market integration. He is a H2020 expert, MIPEX rapporteur and frequently used commentator on migration issues in Nordic media.


Prof. Jacqueline Broadhead

COMPAS, University of Oxford, UK

Jacqueline Broadhead is Co-Director of Centre on Migration, Policy and Society and Director of the Global Exchange on Migration and Diversity, at the University of Oxford, managing knowledge exchange and research projects which aim to promote the reciprocal sharing of expertise among academics, policy makers, and practitioners. Jacqui’s own work focusses on local government and integration, including leading ‘Inclusive Cities’ – a network of 12 UK cities focussed on improving integration outcomes.

Prof. Francesca Campomori

Cà Foscari, University of Venice (UNIVE), Italy

Prof. Jørgen Carling

PRIO, Oslo, Norway

Prof. Mathias Czaika

DEMIG (Department for Migration and Globalisation), Danube University Krems, Krems, Austria

Prof. Gianni D’Amato

SFM, University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland

Gianni D'Amato is Professor at the University of Neuchâtel and Director of the Swiss Forum of Migration and Population Studies (SFM). His research interests are focused on citizenship, moblities, populism and the history of migration. After his MA in Sociology at the University of Zurich, D’Amato focused his PhD Thesis on citizenship and migrants’ integration in a comparative perspective. He is author of Vom Ausländer zum Bürger. Der Streit um die politische Integration von Einwanderern in Deutschland, Frankreich und der Schweiz (Lit Verlag 3rd edition, 2005). His recent publications include "The Migration Challenge: The Swiss Left in the Arena of Direct Democracy" In M. Bröning & C. P. Mohr (Eds.), The Politics of Migration and the Future of the European Left. Bonn: Dietz, 2018, and "Immigration and, populist political strategies. The Swiss case in European perspective". In G. Titzi, J. Mackert & B. S. Turner (Eds.), Populism and the Crisis of Democracy, Volume 3 , London: Routledge, 2019.

Prof. Helga de Valk

NIDI, The Hague, The Netherlands

Helga de Valk is theme leader ‘Migration and Migrants’ at NIDI and professor of Migration and the life course at the University of Groningen. She was awarded the PhD in sociology from Utrecht University (2006). Her research focuses on migration and integration issues, the transition to adulthood of immigrant youth, union and family formation, the second generation, segregation, and European mobility. She was awarded an ERC Starting Grant (2010 FamiLife) and acquired an ERC Consolidator Grant (2018 MYMOVE). Furthermore she led and was part of a range of national and international projects funded amongst others by Horizon 2020 and Norface. She was editor in chief of the European Journal of Population (EJP; 2014-2018) and winner of the 2016 European Demography Award. She is currently president elect of the European Association for Population Studies (EAPS) and member of the Advisory Committee for Migration Affairs (ACVC).

Prof. Ilse Derluyn

Ghent University - (CESSMIR), Belgium

Ilse Derluyn is full professor at the Department of Social Work and Social Pedagogy at Ghent University (Belgium). Her main research topics concern the psychosocial wellbeing of young refugees and migrants, unaccompanied refugee minors, victims of trafficking and war-affected children, both in the Global North and South. She has widely published and is also active in trainings and support for practitioners and policymakers. Ilse also gives counselling to refugees. Ilse is ERC-grant holder of the research project ChildMove ( and coordinated the H2020-project RefugeesWellSchool ( She is director of the Centre for the Social Study of Migration and Refugees (CESSMIR) at Ghent University, and co-director of the Centre for Children in Vulnerable Situations (CCVS).

Dr. Dušan Drbohlav

GEOMIGRACE, Charles University Prague, Czechia

Dušan Drbohlav works for the Department of Social Geography and Regional Development, Faculty of Science, Charles University, Czechia, Prague, as a professor of social geography. He is also a head of the GEOMIGRACE (Geographic Migration Centre) team. He specializes in studying an international migration process and migrants´ integration in host societies mainly in Central/Eastern Europe with special regards to Czechia.

Dr. Benjamin Etzold

BICC, Germany

Dr. Benjamin Etzold is a social geographer and migration scholar with more than 15 years of experience in studying people’s vulnerability and livelihoods as well as trajectories of migration and patterns of displacement. He works at the Bonn International Center for Conflict Studies (BICC), a peace and conflict studies think tank. He led the EU-funded H2020 project TRAFIG (Transnational Figurations of Displacement, 2019-2022), which investigated the translocal dimensions of protracted displacement,...

Prof. Margit Fauser

Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany

Margit Fauser is a full professor of sociology at Ruhr-University Bochum. At RUB she co-directs the MA program “Regulation and Management of Work, Organisation and the Economy”, including its double degree option with the Benemérita Universidad de Puebla, Mexico. Her research areas are migration and border studies, citizenship studies, transnationalization, work, and social inequalities. Often her research takes the city and urban space as a starting point, located within a multi-scalar framework. She has engaged with different categories of migrants, labour migrants, retiree emigrants, EU citizens, and refugees, with a specific focus on the European space and its periphery. Her methodology is mostly qualitative, but she has designed and written about mixed-methods research too. She has published widely in prestigious international journals. Her books include amongst others the International Handbook on Transnational Studies (Routledge, 2024, co-edited with Xóchitl Bada), Mobile Citizenship (Routledge, 2020) and the introductory monograph Transnational Migration (Polity Press, co-authored with Thomas Faist and Eveline Reisenauer).

Prof. Lucinda Fonseca

IGOT-UL, University of Lisbon, Portugal

Maria Lucinda Fonseca - Full Professor of Human Geography and Migration Studies at IGOT, Universidade de Lisboa. She is the Coordinator of the Research cluster MIGRARE - Migration, spaces and societies at the CEG - Centre of Geographical Studies and the Director of the PhD programme in Migration Studies at the Universidade de Lisboa. Her current research activities focus on migration processes, migration, mobilities and urban transformation; migration, demographic change and regional development. She is a member of the Board of Directors and the Executive Board of IMISCOE. She is, moreover, a member of the International Steering Committee of the International Metropolis and EuroMedMig, and a member of the Lisbon Academy of Sciences. She coordinated and participated in several EU and NORFACE funded research projects. She has served on numerous management and leadership positions at the University of Lisbon, namely the following: Dean and President of the Scientific Council of the Institute of Geography and Spatial Planning (2013-2019); Member of the General Council of the University of Lisbon (2010-2013); Pro-Rector (1998-2002); Board Member of the Faculty of Letters (1991-93).

Dr. Thais Franca

CIES-Iscte, University Institute of Lisbon, Portugal

Prof. Andrew Geddes

EUI, Florence, Italy

Andrew Geddes is a Professor of Migration Studies and the Director of the Migration Policy Centre. During his career, he has led and participated in a number of major projects on aspects of international migration working with a wide range of academic and non-academic partners. For the period 2014-19 he was awarded an Advanced Investigator Grant by the European Research Council for a project on the drivers of global migration governance (the MIGPROSP project see for further details). He has published extensively on global migration, with a particular focus on policy-making and the politics of migration and on regional cooperation and integration.

Dr. Guia Gilardoni

ISMU, Milan, Italy

Guia Gilardoni is an international research project manager at ISMU Foundation, where she is in charge of the International Relations. She has a research scholarship at the Catholic University in Milan for a field research in Senegal. Her main topics of interest are European migration policy, refugees and migrant integration. For the last ten years, she has been committed to bring research and academic knowledge to policymakers. She holds a Ph.D. in Sociology and Research Methods from the Catholic University of Milan, where she specialized in the integration of young generations in multicultural society, and a bachelor's degree in Modern History from Bologna University. She is a member of the Board of Directors of IMISCOE and now leading ReSOMA – Research Social Platform on Migration and Asylum H2020.

Prof. Virginie Guiraudon

Sciences Po, Paris, France

Dr. Karlijn Haagsman

MACIMIDE, Maastricht University, The Netherlands

Karlijn Haagsman is an Assistant Professor at the University of Maastricht, The Netherlands, and co-director of the Maastricht Centre for Citizenship, Migration and Development. Her research focusses on well-being in migrant families, looking at different actors: children, parents, grandparents and caregivers. She is particularly interested in caregiving practices, intergenerational relations, networks and well-being in transnational families who are separated due to migration. She has also studied mobility trajectories of youth of migrant background in the Global North and of youth in the Global South whose parents have migrated. Read more on:

Dr. Zenia Hellgren

GRITIM, Pompeu Fabra University, Barcelona, Spain.

Prof. Ahmet İçduygu

MireKoc, Koç University, Istanbul, Turkey

Ahmet İçduygu currently holds a dual appointment as a full professor at Koç, one is in the Department of International Relations and the other is in the Department of Sociology. He is also the Director of the Migration Research Center at Koc (MiReKoc). He holds a PhD in Demography from the Australian National University. He held visiting professor or fellow positions at Stockholm University, the University of Warwick, the University of Manchester, the European University Institute in Florence, the University of Pennsylvania, Malmö University, and the University of Amsterdam. He is an elected member of the Science Academy in Turkey. He is the editor-in-chief of the well-established scholarly journal, International Migration. In addition to his own individual research projects, Prof. İçduygu has conducted various research projects for the international organizations such as IOM, UNHCR, EU, OECD and ILO. He teaches on migration studies, theories and practices of citizenship, international organizations, civil society, nationalism and ethnicity, and health-migration linkage.

Prof. Paweł Kaczmarczyk

CMR, University of Warsaw, Poland

Paweł Kaczmarczyk is director of the Centre of Migration Research at the University of Warsaw and an assistant professor at the Faculty of Economic Sciences, University of Warsaw. His main research areas include causes and consequences of labour migration, mobility of the high-skilled, migration and the welfare state, migration policy, methodology of migration research, labour economics, population economics and demography, and international economics.

Dr. Hanne Kavli

FAFO, Oslo, Norway

Hanne Cecilie Kavli is Head of Research at Fafo and a specialist in integration and diversity studies. She holds a PhD in sociology from the University of Oslo. Her research focuses on issues related to the impacts of welfare and integration policy on immigrants’ economic and cultural adaptations, including labor market integration, gender equality, children of immigrants and attitudinal change.

Prof. Eleonor Kofman

University of Middlesex, London, United Kingdom

Eleonore Kofman is Professor of Gender, Migration and Citizenship and co-Director of the Social Policy Research, Middlesex University London and Visiting Professor at the LSE Institute of Global Affairs. Her main research interests are in gendered migrations, in particular in relation to theoretical and policy aspects of family migrations, skilled migration and care and social reproduction. She has authored Gendered Migrations and Global Social Reproduction, Palgrave Macmillan and co-edited Gender, Generations and the Family in International Migration, University of Amsterdam Press, 2011 as well as articles in International Migration, Journal of Ethnic and Racial Studies and Social Politics. She is currently co-Director of the Migration and Displacement stream of the UKRI GCRF Hub Gender, Justice and Security (2019-2024), led by the LSE Centre for Women, Peace and Security, and collaborating with a number of academic and NGO partners in the Middle East and South Asia. She is a member of the Board of Directors and of the Executive Board of IMISCOE.

Dr. Albert Kraler

DEMIG, Danube University Krems

Albert Kraler is Assistant Professor in Migration Studies and Co-Director of the Centre for Migration and Globalisation Research at the Department for Migration and Globalisation at University for Continuing Education Krems (Danube University Krems), Austria. He holds a PhD in Political Science from the University of Vienna and a joint degree in Political Science and African Studies from the same university. Before joining Danube University Krems in 2018, he was a senior researcher at the International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD) in Vienna. Albert has been a member of the IMISCOE Board of Directors since 2008 and currently also is a member of the External Affairs Committee. Previous network roles included the IMISCOE Editorial Committee (2007-2022) and the Maria Baganha award (2009-2019). Albert’s research interests include migration and asylum governance, irregular migration, the governance of integration and research – policy relations in the field of migration and asylum

Dr. Goranka Lalić Novak

University of Zagreb, Croatia

Dr. Bram Lancee

ARC-M, University of Amsterdam, Belgium

Prof. Paul Long

MMIC (Monash Migration and Inclusion Centre), Monash University, Melbourne, Australia

Dr. Stefania Marino

WEI, University of Manchester, UK

Prof. Marco Martiniello

CEDEM, University of Liège, Belgium

Marco MARTINIELLO (1960) is Research Director at the Fonds National de la Recherche Scientifique (FRS-FNRS) and Director of CEDEM (Centre d'Etudes de l'Ethnicité et des Migrations) at the University of Liège, where he teaches the sociology of migration, interethnic relations and racism. He chairs the Doctoral College in Political and Social Sciences at the same university. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the IMISCOE European Research Network. He was Chairman of the Sociology of Migration Research Committee of the International Sociological Association until 2014. He has been a visiting professor or researcher at Columbia University, New York University, Cornell University, the University of Malmö (Sweden), Sciences Po Paris, the University of Warwick (UK), the University of Queensland (Brisbane, Australia), the University of Kwazulu Natal (Durban, South Africa), the European University Institute (Florence, Italy), the European Colleague (Natolin, Poland), the City University of New York, the University of Geneva and the University of Warwick. His work is in the field of political sociology. It focuses on the relationship between the arts, culture, sport, immigration and ethnicised and racialised minorities. He is also interested in transnationalism, migration policy, citizenship, multiculturalism, racism and the political mobilisation of immigrants and minorities in Europe and North America.

Dr. Lucy Mayblin

University of Sheffield, UK

Dr. Yoan Molinero-Gerbeau

Dr. Yoan Molinero-Gerbeau

IUEM, Comillas Pontifical University, Madrid

Yoan Molinero-Gerbeau is a political scientist with a PhD in Political Science and International Relations. His thesis consisted of an international analysis of the structural function filled by migrations in sustaining agricultural production in the global core. He is currently a senior researcher at the University Institute for Migration Studies (IUEM) at Comillas Pontifical University, where he also teaches the master’s degree in International Migration and the PhD programme in International Migration and Development Cooperation. Since 2024, he is editor-in-chief of the journal "Migraciones" ( and president of the Research Committee 32 "International Studies, Area Studies and Globalisation" of the Spanish Federation of Sociology (FES) since 2020. Yoan has participated in several national and European projects and has been a visiting scholar at the Center for Population Studies (CENEP) belonging to CONICET in Buenos Aires, Argentina; the Institute of International Studies (IEI) of the University of Chile in Santiago, Chile; and the Institute on the Quality of Life from the Romanian Academy in Bucharest, Romania. He is the author of diverse research articles on migration, agricultural labour, global environmental governance and structuralism in International Relations.

Dr. Lara Momesso

Centre for Migration, Diaspora and Exile at UCLan

Lara Momesso is senior lecturer in Asia Pacific Studies at the School of Psychology and Humanities at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan). She is founder and Deputy Director of the Centre for Migration, Diaspora and Exile (MIDEX), Co-Director of the Northern Institute of Taiwan Studies (NorITS), Deputy Director of the Institute in Area and Migration Studies (AMIS) and Associate Head of the Institute for the Study of the Asia Pacific (ISAP) at UCLan. Her research interests look at the specificity of gender in contemporary Asian migrations, the link between migration and political participation, the role of emotions in migration experiences, refugee experiences and protection in East Asia. She has an extensive track record in international peer-reviewed journals, such as Asia Pacific Viewpoint, International Migration, Asia Pacific Migration Journal. She has edited a book on refugee experiences, protection and integration in Japan and Taiwan (Springer) and her monograph exploring affective and emotional practices in the context of marriage migration between China and Taiwan is forthcoming (Manchester University Press). Lara also funder and host of two podcast series, Taiwan on Air, featuring interviews with artists, writers, academics, professionals with an interest in Taiwan, and Voices of Lancashire, featuring interviews with immigrants who reside in Northern England.

Prof. Anders Neergaard

Remeso, (Institute for Research on Migration, Ethnicity and Society), Linköping University, Sweden

Anders Neergaard, Professor, Director of REMESO. His research spans several fields: recruitment practices and working life careers with a focus on ethnicity/racialization, class and gender; political sociology focusing on extreme right-wing populism and racism and how populism in Europe has created new forms of political racism; collective organization - especially trade unions and migrant organizations and the intersection between class and ethnicity/racialization, but also gender. He is particularly interested in how migrant workers collective organisation, with a focus on trade unions and migrant organizations; He is also engaged in research on the Third World and North-South relationship, mainly through a perspective of political sociology and postcolonial theory.

Dr. Caitriona Ni Laoire

University College Cork, Ireland, UK

Prof. Birte Nienaber

FHSE, University of Luxembourg, Migration and Inclusive Societies (MIS), University of Luxembourg

Birte Nienaber has received her PhD in Geography from the University of Münster and her habilitation from Saarland University. Since 2013, she works as an associate professor at the University of Luxembourg. She coordinated numerous EU-funded projects in the area of migration, such as the H2020 projects MIMY and MOVE. She was also a work package leader in the FP7 project DERREG, and in the H2020 projects CEASEVAL and RELOCAL. Now she is part of the HEUProject INNOVATE and coordinates the national EU contact points EMN and FRANET. She is also involved in the UniGR-CBS as a member of the Steering Board and as the course director of the trinational Master in Border Studies. She works for the national OECD-SOPEMI report, is member of the monitoring committees of the national programmes of the ESF+, AMIF, ISF and BVMI and member of the German Advisory Board on Spatial Development.

Prof. Sonja Novak Lukanovič

Institute for Ethnic Studies, University of Ljubljana,Slovenia

Director of the Institute for Ethnic Studies since 2010 and full professor of Applied Linguistics at Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana. The research field is ethnically mixed territory in Slovenia including the border regions. The research topics comprise applied linguistics with special focus on sociolinguistic themes dealing with social and language processes in areas of language contact. Within basic and applicative projects it deals specifically with language policies and language ideologies, status of languages in multicultural areas of contact, relations between minority and majority languages, strategies of language adaptation, links between language and individual identity, significance of speakers' attitudes towards language/languages, bilingual education and economic aspect of language. Within the basic research project Language and economy (2008-2011) and Institutional bilingualism in the ethnically mixed areas in Slovenia: Evaluation of bilingualism bonus programme (2018- 2022) which she headed, she performed a pioneer research in Slovenia defining the link of language and economic variables in different ethnically mixed and homogenous settings.

Dr. Laura Oso

ESOMI, University of A Coruña, Spain

Laura Oso is a Professor of Sociology at the University of A Coruña, Spain. She is the coordinator of ESOMI (Societies in Motion Research Team) and Deputy Director of CISPAC (Interuniversity Research Centre for Atlantic Cultural Landscapes). She has led research programmes and published extensively on issues related to migration, gender, labour market and development. For more information about her current projects and publications:

Prof. Ferruccio Pastore

FIERI, Turin, Italy

Ferruccio Pastore (PhD, European University Institute, 1996) is the Director of FIERI since May 2009. He has previously been Deputy Director of the international relations and European studies think-tank CeSPI (Centre for International Policy Studies, Rome) and a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Firenze. Besides research, he has worked as an adviser on migration policy issues for Italian institutions and international organisations. He has published extensively on migration and integration policies and politics.

Dr. Saara Pellander

MIF, Turku, Finland

Dr. Aneta Piekut

Sheffield Methods Institute, the University of Sheffield

Aneta is Senior Lecure at the Sheffield Methods Institute, the University of Sheffield. Together with Dr Lucy Mayblin and Dr Patrícia Nabuco Martuscelli she co-leads Migration Research Group (MRG) which is an interdisciplinary network of migration scholars in the Faculty of Social Sciences. MRG is also a member of Yorkshire and Humber Migration Research Network, and a home to Centre for Doctoral Training on ‘New Horizons in Borders and Bordering’. Aneta's research focuses on research methods in migration research, social inclusion, spatial segregation, community cohesion and attitudes to immigration. She published widely in leading academic journals on issues of migration, ethnicity and segregation (e.g. European Sociological Review, Sociology, Social Science Research, Social & Cultural Geography, International Sociology, JEMS).

Prof. Andreas Pott

IMIS, University of Osnabrück, Germany

Dr. Òscar Prieto-Flores (BD-Vice Chair)

University of Girona, Spain

Òscar Prieto-Flores is Associate Professor of Sociology at the School of Education and Psychology, University of Girona. He is the Academic director of the Master’s degree in Migratory Movements at UdG. PhD in Sociology from the University of Barcelona in 2007 and Visiting Scholar in 2006 of the Center for Migration and Development at Princeton University, in 2012 of the Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity at Stanford University. He is also Principal Investigator of the SAFESPACES research project “Mentoring, Wellbeing and Mental Health of Racialized Migrants and Refugees” (2023–2025). Òscar has recently co-edited the book “Mentoring Children and Young People for Social Inclusion: Global approaches to Empowerment” published by Routledge.

Prof. Parvati Raghuram (EB Chair)

OU, London, United Kingdom

Parvati Raghuram is Professor in Geography and Migration at the Open University. She has published widely on gender, migration and development and on postcolonial theory. Her most recent AHRC funded project is Decolonising Peace Education in Africa where she is looking at care ethics, an abiding interest. She is also part of the project Migration and Inclusive African Growth and Writing International Student Migration in Africa. She is Chair of the Executive Board of IMISCOE. She co-edits the book series Mobility and Politics (Palgrave) and is an associate editor of The Geographical Journal.

Dr. Ingrid Ríos-Rivera

Casa Grande University, Ecuador

Ingrid Ríos-Rivera. Associate Professor at the Casa Grande University and the University of Guayaquil (both in Ecuador). Ph.D. in Latin American Studies (University of Chile). Co-director of the Research Group “Communication, Politics, and Leadership in Social and Digital Latin American Contexts”. Co-creator of the Digital Space 'Dimassesiones' for creation and diffusing of knowledge on political communication.

Prof. Marie-Caroline Saglio-Yatzimirsky

ICM, France

Marie-Caroline Saglio-Yatzimirsky is an anthropologist and clinical psychologist. She is a University Professor of Anthropology at the Institut National des Langues et Civilisations Orientales (INALCO, Paris), a researcher at the Centre for social sciences studies on the African, American and Asian worlds (CESSMA UMR 245), and director of the Institut Convergences Migrations-CNRS (Collaborative Institute on Migrations). She has published in English, French and Portuguese on the issue of social exclusion and migration in India and Brazil, and on asylum seekers’mental health. She has recently supported a national research project on linguistic and intercultural mediations in a context of international migrations and is currently involved in two research projects on migrants’health in Europe and France

Dr. Marie Sandberg

AMIS, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Marie Sandberg is Associate Professor, PhD, at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark. Since 2019 she isHead of the Centre for Advanced Migration Studies (AMIS), University of Copenhagen and is currently the President of The International Society of Ethnology and Folklore (SIEF). Marie Sandberg’s research is focusing on everyday life Europeanisation, European borders, and migration practices. She is the PI of“‘Boundary Work’ - new interfaces between the state, civil society and refugees in a self-reliance and return context”, a collaboration with DRC Danish Refugee Council and Danish Red Cross (VELUX Foundations 2021-2024). From 2018-2020 she was the co-lead on Diginauts: Migrants’ digital practices in/of the European border regime. She has authored several research publications in international renowned peer-reviewed journals (such as Identities, Nordic Journal for Migration Research, Ethnologia Europaea, Journal of Borderland Studies), co-edited special issues and volumes, such as The Border Multiple: The Practicing of Borders between Public Policy and Everyday Life in a Re-scaling Europe (Andersen, Klatt & Sandberg, 2012, Ashgate). Homepage:

Prof. Camille Schmoll

ICM, Paris, France

Prof. Peter Scholten

EUR, (Erasmus University Rotterdam), The Netherlands

Peter Scholten is full professor in the governance of migration and diversity at Erasmus University Rotterdam. He is director of the Leiden-Delft-Erasmus center on Governance of Migration and Diversity and coordinator of the European University of Post-Industrial Cities. Within Erasmus University, he is academic lead of the interdisciplinary team on Policy, Politics and Society. Also Peter is editor in chief of the journal Comparative Migration Studies and associate editor of the Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis. He has published extensively on themes as multi-level governance, urban inclusion and anti-discrimination, and on the development of migration studies as a research field. See

Prof. dr. Helen Schwenken

IMIS, University of Osnabrück, Germany

Helen is Professor of Migration and Society at the Department of Social and Cultural Sciences and at the Institute for Migration Studies and Intercultural Relations (IMIS) of the University of Osnabrück in Germany. In her research she focuses on labour migration and cross-border labour markets and related infrastructures. She looks at all migration-related issues from and gender and intersectional perspective to better understand the reproduction and persistence of inequalities. In her research on social movements she focuses on the role of challengers and questions of how things could be different. Helen is Director of IMIS since January 2021 and within IMISCOE she is member of the Editorial Committee of the IMISCOE book series.

Prof. Giuseppe Sciortino

University of Trento, Italy

Giuseppe Sciortino (Ph.D, Bologna) teaches sociology at the università di Trento, Italy. His main research interests are international migration, international development, and social theory.


Dr. Sarah Scuzzarello

SCMR (Sussex Center for Migration Research), University of Sussex, Falmer, Brighton, United Kingdom

Sarah Scuzzarello (PhD Lund University) is Associate Professor of Migration at the University of Sussex and affiliated researcher at the Sussex Centre for Migration Research. She is the co-founding co-coordinator of the IMISCOE’s Standing Committee on Gender and Sexuality in Migration Research (GenSeM) and an elected member of the IMISCOE Executive Board. Her research focuses on how migration and intergroup relations are affected and shaped by gender relations and sexuality; and on how institutional discourses and policies shape migrants’ collective identification and life chances. Sarah as conducted work in the UK, Sweden, Italy and Thailand, often from a comparative perspective. Her research has been widely published in leading international journals and academic presses. She is the Associate Editor of the top-ranking Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies and Editorial Board member of Ethnic and Racial Studies. Between 20014-2018 she was Editorial Manager for the international journal Political Psychology. She has held visiting positions at the Humboldt University Berlin (2023), Columbia University (2017), the University of Bristol (2007), and the University of East London (2009).

Prof. Kyoko Shinozaki

MML PLUS, Paris-Lodron-University Salzburg, Austria

Dr. Patrick Simon

INED, Paris, France

Patrick Simon is a socio-demographer, Director of research at INED (Institut National d’Etudes Demographiques –National demographic institute) (F), and a fellow researcher at the Center for European Studies (CEE) at Sciences Po. He is chairing the department on integration and discrimination at the Institute for migration since 2018. He is a member of the Advisory board of the NCCR program On the Move in Switzerland and of the WZB (Wissenshaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung).

Dr. Andrea Spehar

CGM, (Centre on Global Migration), University of Gothenburg, Sweden

Andrea Spehar is associate professor in political science and director of Centre on Global Migration (CGM) at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. Her fields of interest comprise migration and gender policy development in Europe. Her work has appeared, among others, in the Journal of European Public Policy, Comparative European Politics, Journal of Women, Politics & Policy, Eastern European Politics & Societies and International Feminist Journal of Politics.

Prof. Francesca Stella

University of Glasgow, UK

Francesca Stella is a Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the School of Social and Political Sciences, University of Glasgow. Her research and teaching focus on migration, sexuality and gender. She was lead investigator on the ESRC-funded project ‘Intimate Migrations’ (2015-17), which explored the experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender migrants from Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union in Scotland, and on the project ‘Language learning and migrant ‘integration’ in Scotland’ (British Academy, 2019-23). She is a long-standing member of GRAMNet, , a network based at the University of Glasgow that brings together researchers, practitioners and activists working on migration and asylum. She is the Programme Convenor of the Masters Global Migrations and Social Justice.

Dr. Marja Tiilikainen

MIF, Turku, Finland

Prof. Anna Triandafyllidou

Ryerson University, Toronto

Anna Triandafyllidou holds the Canada Excellence Research Chair in Migration and Integration, at Toronto Metropolitan University. She is also the Scientific Director of a $98.4 mln multi-University and multi-partner Research Program entitled Bridging Divides funded by the Canada First Research Excellence Fund. Prior to joining TMU in 2019, she held a Robert Schuman Chair at the European University Institute, in Florence, Italy. She is Editor of the Journal of Immigrant and Refugee Studies. In 2021, the University of Liège awarded Triandafyllidou a doctorate honoris causa in recognition of her contribution to migration scholarship. Her recent work has appeared in the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies (2022), Environment and Planning A: Economy and Society (2022), Journal of Immigrant and Refugee Studies (2024, 2023); Ethnicities (2024, 2023, 2022), Comparative Migration Studies (2022, 2021), International Migration (2022, 2019), Journal of International Migration and Integration (2023), and Nations and Nationalism (2020)

Prof. Kristian Rose Tronstad

NIBR, OsloMet university, Norway

Tronstad is Research Director at the department of International Studies and Migration (NIBR). He has more than 20 years of research on migration and integration issues. His research covers a broad range of topics within the field, including research on migration flows, discrimination, living conditions, and lately comparative analysis of refugees settlement and labour market integration. Tronstad also teaches Migration and Integration Management at Oslo Metropolitan University.

Dr. Sebastián Umpierrez de Reguero

Casa Grande University, Ecuador

Sebastián Umpierrez de Reguero. Postdoctoral Fellow at Tallinn University (Estonia) and the Autonomous University of Madrid (Spain). Visiting Scholar at the Casa Grande University (Ecuador). Dual Ph.D. in Humanities (Leiden University, the Netherlands) and in Political Science (Universidad Diego Portales, Chile). Chair of the IMISCOE's Election Committee. Co-Convenor of the IMISCOE’s Standing Committee of Migration, Citizenship, and Political Participation (MIGCITPOL). Co-Convenor of the ECPR Standing Group of Migration and Ethnicity.

Dr. Gorka Urrutia Asua

DEUSTO, University of Deusto, Bilbao, Spain

Gorka Urrutia Asua holds a PhD in International and Intercultural Studies, University of Deusto; Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and Sociology, University of the Basque Country; Specialist Diploma in International Humanitarian Action-NOHA, UD and University of Uppsala. He has worked with NGOs, governmental and international organisations in the field of international cooperation in Europe and South America. His research currently focuses on human rights, migrations, diversity and religion.

Dr. Anja van Heelsum

University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Anja van Heelsum is associate professor at the Department of Political Science at the University of Amsterdam, program group leader of the research group “Challenges of Democratic Representation” and a board member of the the Amsterdam Research Centre on Migration (ARC-M). Her research focuses on the interplay between migrants' motives and migration policies, with a variety of subthemes, including migration governance, stigmatization, refugee reception, local policies, ethnicity, political participation of immigrants, migrant organisations, and Islam, and she is also an expert on Ethiopia. She recently coordinated the Horizon2020 project Advancing Alternative Migration Governance.

Prof. Olaf P. van Vliet

LIMS, Leiden University, the Netherlands

Dr. Floor Verhaeghe

CESSMIR, Ghent University, Belgium

Floor Verhaeghe is the coordinator of the Centre for the Social Study of Migration and Refugees at Ghent University. In this role, she fosters collaborations between the various disciplines within CESSMIR and with partners outside of academia. The goal is to achieve societal impact as a result of these collaborations. Floor’s background is in educational sciences and social work, her research was on inter- and multigenerational aspects of families with a migration background and on psychosocial well-being of unaccompanied minors and families on the move.

Dr. Hannah Vermaut

BIRMM, Free University Brussels, Belgium

Prof. Steven Vertovec

MPI-MMG, Göttingen, Germany

Prof. Steven Vertovec is Founding Director of the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, and Honorary Professor of Ethnology and Sociology, University of Göttingen, Germany. Previously he was Professor of Transnational Anthropology at the University of Oxford and Director of the Centre on Migration, Policy and Society (COMPAS). Prof. Vertovec is author of five books including Transnationalism (Routledge, 2009) and Superdiversity: Migration and Social Complexity (Routledge, 2022 Open Access), and editor or co-editor of thirty-six volumes including Conceiving Cosmopolitanism (Oxford University Press, 2003), The Multicultural Backlash (Routledge 2010), the International Handbook of Diversity Studies (Routledge, 2015), Diversities Old and New (Palgrave, 2015), and the Oxford Handbook of Superdiversity (Oxford University Press, 2023). Prof. Vertovec has acted as expert or consultant for numerous agencies, including the UK Home Office and Department for International Development, British Council, the European Commission, the G8, World Bank and UNESCO.

Prof. Anja Weiß

InZentIM, University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany

Anja Weiß is Professor for Sociology at the University of Duisburg-Essen. Her theoretical interests in the sociology of global inequalities translate into comparative empirical research on high skilled migrants, the glocalization of professional medical knowledge, (institutional) racism and legal exclusion, as well as qualitative research design. She co-published “Work in Transition. Cultural Capital and Highly Skilled Migrants' Passages into the Labour Market” (2014) Toronto UP. A German book on “Sociology of Global Inequalities” has appeared 2017 with Suhrkamp Publishers.

Dr. Verena Wisthaler

Eurac Research, Center for Migration and Diversity

Verena Wisthaler is the Head of the Center for Migration and Diversity at Eurac Research (I). She holds a PhD from the University of Leicester. Her main research interests are within the field of migration governance and politics, with a focus on the subnational level. She teaches at the University of Innsbruck (AT) and is co-convenor of the ECPR SG Migration and Ethnicity.

Prof. John Wrench

CDI, Trondheim, Norway

John Wrench is Visiting Professor in the Centre for Diversity and Inclusion at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, and Honorary Professor at Aalborg University, Denmark. He has researched and published in the area of ethnic inclusion and discrimination in the labour market at the University of Warwick and the University of Southern Denmark, and for several years was responsible for comparative research projects on migration at the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights in Vienna.

Dr. Zeynep Yanasmayan

DeZIM, Germany

Zeynep Yanasmayan is the head of Migration Department at the German Centre for Integration and Migration Research (DeZIM). She holds a PhD in Social Sciences from KU Leuven, Belgium. She is an interdisciplinary scholar working at the intersection of political science, sociology, and socio-legal studies with research interests on citizenship, migration and mobility studies, transnationalism and diaspora politics. At DeZIM, she concentrates on a wide array of topics including migration governance at the German and European level, individual (im)mobility aspirations, including return, (ir)regularization processes as well as solidarity practices. She is the author of The Migration of Highly Educated Turkish Citizens to Europe: From Guestworker to Global Talent (Routledge) and (co)-editor of of special issues “Post‐2015 refugees in Germany: “Culture of welcome”, solidarity or exclusion?” (IM), “Spatial and social im/mobility in forced migration: revisiting class” (JEMS) and “The making of procedural justice: enacting the state and (non) citizenship” (Citizenship Studies)

Prof. Ricard Zapata-Barrero

GRITIM, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Spain

Ricard Zapata-Barrero is Full Professor at the Department of Political and Social Sciences, Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain), Director of GRITIM-UPF (Interdisciplinary Research Group on Immigration) and the Master Program in Migration Studies. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the European Network IMISCOE and Chair of the External Affairs Committee, Co-Coordinator of IMISCOE Standing Committee on Methodological Approaches and Tools in Migration Research, Current Coordinator of EuroMedMig (Euro-Mediterranean Research Network on Migration) and EUMedMi Jean Monnet Network “Mapping European Mediterranean Migration Studies”. He is also a member of editorial boards of several academic journals and an occasional contributor to media and policy debates.