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 Center for Conversion (BICC), the Centre for Human Rights Erlangen-Nürnberg (CHREN, University of Erlangen Nuremberg), the German Development Institute (DIE, Bonn) and the Institute for Migration Research and Intercultural Studies (IMIS, University of Osnabrück).



FFVT Fellowship programme: Applications are now open

July 9, 2021 – July 9, 2001

One important element on the road to stronger networking the field of Forced Migration and Refugee Research is the FFVT Fellowship Programme: Its aim is to intensify the exchange between the consortium partners and international researchers. The programme serves to strengthen the research and transfer activities of future fellows in Forced Migration and Refugee Studies.

We invite PhD students and junior researchers whose PhD topic is relevant to our field of research and who have been working on it for about a year as well as post-docs and experienced researchers who are well-established in their research field to apply for the FFVT-fellowship programme.

Online Workshop

Contested Categories - Issues at the Intersection of Development and Forced Migration Studies

October 4, 2021 – October 5, 2121 – Online

This workshop addresses the critique of categories and the debates about them in development research and considers their relevance and utility for forced migration studies (FMS). For this purpose, three critically discussed categories in recent years are used as examples: “global South and global North”, “new actors – self-empowerment and emancipation of marginalised groups”, and “digitalisation”. For better contextualisation, the workshop will be accompanied by a keynote lecture on categorisations in development and FMS.


Going local: refugees'/migrants’ integration processes at the local level. Italo-German experiences in the European context

February 9 - 11, 2022 – Villa Vigoni

The purpose of the colloquium is to discuss migrants’/refugees’ integration processes at the local level, highlighting barriers and enablers, as well as the recent trend toward a (g)localisation of refugee/migration research from an Italo-German perspective.


4th Conference of the German Network for Forced Migration Studies Call for Papers, Panels & Posters, 1st Circular

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.

The Call for Papers, Panels & Posters addresses scholars of all disciplines who are researching issues of forced migration and refugees. They are invited to submit abstracts for papers, panel sessions, roundtables, and posters. Proposals can cover the entire field of research on displacement and refugees and thematically related areas.

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 Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE) 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.

Call for Applications

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