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).
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 ....
Lived transnationalism in times of violent conflict – Cross-border connections and mobilities of people, goods and capital
March 27 - 28, 2023 – Bonn
On 27/28 March 2023, BICC hosts the interdisciplinary symposium “Lived transnationalism in times of violent conflict – Cross-border connections and mobilities of people, goods and capital” in Bonn. The symposium is organized by the FFVT project in cooperation with the IMISCOE Standing Committee on Migrant Transnationalism (MITRA). It aims to provide a space of engagement for both established scholars and PhD candidates in the fields of (forced) migration studies as well as peace and conflict studies, who are working on the transnational entanglements of diverse actors in violent conflicts.
Roundtable on Forced Displacement and Migration related Research
May 17, 2023 – Bonner Universitätsforum, Heussallee 18-24, 53113 Bonn
Join us for an interdisciplinary roundtable discussion on forced displacement and migration-related research. The objective of the roundtable is to provide a platform to share your work and information about projects, publications, and research interests. We will also provide information on the next conference of the FFVT project and the German Network for Forced Migration Studies, which will take place in Bonn in September 2024. This international conference is a chance to present work undertaken by scholars based in Bonn on issues related to forced migration research.
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.
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.