Forced Migration and Refugee Studies: Networking and Knowledge Transfer

The cooperation project “Forced Migration and Refugee Studies: Networking and Knowledge Transfer” (FFVT) aims to strengthen interdisciplinary forced migration and refugee research in Germany. To this end, the project, which is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), brings together research on migration, development, conflict and violence, climate change, health, governance and human rights and other topics. In this way, FFVT supports the networking of researchers and institutes working in all relevant research fields dealing with forced migration. To provide young academics with teaching and training opportunities in forced migration and refugee studies, it plans to establish study and graduate programmes. Furthermore, FFVT plans to promote the internationalisation of German research activities further and, therefore, offers a global fellowship programme, among other things. The dialogue between academia, practitioners, the media and politicians is another key element of its work. FFVT is to contribute to establishing a sustainable infrastructure for research on forced migration and refugee studies in Germany to facilitate excellent academic work in this field.

To focus and connect the scientific debates, FFVT sets changing accent topics in the course of the project. The current accent topic is: "(Im)mobility and global standards of refugee protection".

FFVT is jointly run by the Bonn International Centre for Conflict Studies (BICC), the Centre for Human Rights Erlangen-Nürnberg (CHREN, University of Erlangen Nuremberg), the German Institute of Development and Sustainability (IDOS) and the Institute for Migration Research and Intercultural Studies (IMIS, University of Osnabrück).

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War in Ukraine

Here you can find the Ukraine: Forced Migration Information Hub with the sections FFVT in the media and providing policy advice (transfer activities), Information sources and FFVT Ukraine Experts (under construction). Please direct your media enquiries by e-mail to ....

Workshop

Forced migration and refugee studies in the East. Is there a need for acknowledging the Global East as yet another epistemic concept?

October 17 - 18, 2022

Recent wars in Ukraine and Armenia or the refugee drama on the Belarusian border require reconsidering how we think about the world. Notably, the simple binary of the Global North and the Global South epistemologically disregards the experiences of the post-Soviet countries and generally the Global East. This workshop aims (a) to sketch the state-of-the-art of forced migration research on the countries east of the EU, (b) to discuss the concept of the Global East and (c) to consider how to facilitate and expand research collaboration and research.

Conference

4th Conference of the German Network for Forced Migration Studies

September 28 - 30, 2022 – Chemnitz

The network conference is considered as a means for communication and networking of researchers in the field of forced migration.

In 2022, it is organized at TU Chemnitz by the Chair of Human Geography with a focus on European Migration Research, led by Prof. Dr. Birgit Glorius, in cooperation with the German Network for Forced Migration Studies and FFVT.

An overview of dates with FFVT participation and other actors of the FFVT consortium partners can be found here.

Workshop

Forced Migration Studies and Policy Dialogue: Promoting New Ways of Knowledge Production and Policy Transfer

September 15, 2022 – Online

In recent years, both the cooperation project Forced Migration and Refugee Studies: Networking and Knowledge Transfer (FFVT) and the Local Engagement Refugee Research Network (LERRN) have been actively building strong international networks consisting of Southern and Northern, Eastern and Western academic experts with and without lived forced migration experience, with extensive outreach to the policy world at local, national and international levels and a wealth of knowledge from development-related research. Also, they bring together a broad forced migration research expertise, seeking innovative responses to current challenges.

This workshop, conceptualised in German-Canadian cooperation, addresses the relevance and value of contextualised, localised and evidence-based knowledge about forced migration and equitable (research) partnerships for a more informed political decision-making by national and international actors.

 ***Participation by invitation only.***

FFVT Fellowship programme

Strengthening the ties between German research to international Forced Migration and Refugee Studies is a core concern of the project “Forced Migration and Refugee Studies: Networking and Knowledge Transfer (FFVT).” So far, German research is only inadequately represented in the international scientific landscape. The Bonn peace and conflict research institute BICC, the Centre for Human Rights Erlangen-Nürnberg (CHREN), the German Institute of Development and Sustainability (IDOS) and the Institute for Migration Research and Intercultural Studies (IMIS) at the University of Osnabrück are working together as partners to increase the visibility of research in the international scientific landscape.

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