Advancing the Localisation of Forced Migration Research

FFVT works together with international partner institutions and networks active in the field of Forced Migration Studies to highlight

  • the relevance of localised research and knowledge production, equitable partnerships,

  • the promotion of research infrastructure and academic teaching in countries of the Global South,

  • the access to tertiary education for forcibly displaced persons, and

  • the active participation of refugees in research processes.

The core partners are the Local Engagement Refugee Research Network (LERRN), the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), the UNHCR Global Academic Interdisciplinary Network (GAIN), and the UNHCR Sergio Vieira de Mello Academic Chairs (De Mello Chairs). This kind of locally grounded research is crucial for humanitarian and particularly development endeavours, as it strengthens local research capacities and, through appropriate local participation throughout the research process, it leads to context-specific solutions that enable more tailored policy advice.

One of the major achievements to date was the presentation of a draft pledge at the closing plenary session at the UN High Commissioner’s Dialoge on Protection Challenges: Development Cooperation in Geneva in December 2022. The draft pledge can be accessed here.

Please contact us (...), if you want to support these efforts and sign the pledge and thereby contribute to the implementation of the Global Compact on Refugees.

Contact persons:
  • For FFVT:

    • Merlin Flaig (German Institute of Development and Sustainability, IDOS, Germany; ...)

    • Prof. Dr. Ulrike Krause (Institute for Migration Research and Intercultural Studies, IMIS, Germany; ...)

  • For IDRC:

    • Roula El-Rifai (International Development Research Centre, IDRC, Canada; ...)

  • For LERRN:

    • Heather Alexander (Carleton University, Canada; ...)

  • For GAIN (...):

    • Prof. Geoff Gilbert (University of Essex, United Kingdom)

    • Prof. Liliana Lyra Jubilut (Universidade Católica de Santos, Brazil)

  • For UNHCR / the De Mello Chairs:

    • Ana Carolina Pinto Dantas (UN Refugee Agency, Switzerland; ...)

List of supporting networks and institutions:
  • International Association for the Study of Forced Migration (IASFM)

  • Refugees Seeking Equal Access at the Table (R-SEAT)

  • Chair in International Forced Migration, Inclusion and Human Rights, University of Guadalajara-IDRC

  • University for Peace - Latin American Observatory on Human Mobility, Climate Change and Disasters (MOVE-LAM)

  • Tertiary Refugee Students Network (TRSN)

  • U.S. Refugee Advisory Board (USRAB)

  • International Institute of Humanitarian Law (Sanremo Institute)

  • German Network for Forced Migration Studies (Netzwerk Fluchtforschung e.V, NWFF)

  • […]

Related activities


IDRC Chairs on Forced Displacement kick-off event

May 30, 2023

Stakeholders involved: LERRN, IDRC


Second edition of the European Summit of Refugees and Migrants

January 17, 2023 – Berlin

Stakeholders involved: European Coalition of Migrants and Refugees (EU-COMAR), Global Refugee-led Network (GRN), UNHCR, FFVT, German government representatives, private research funders


Promoting localised research and equitable partnerships in Forced Migration Studies at the UN High Commissioner’s Dialogue

December 7, 2022 – Geneva

Stakeholders involved: UNHCR GAIN, LERRN, FFVT, IDRC, De Mello Chairs, R-SEAT


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

September 15, 2022

Stakeholders involved: LERRN, FFVT, German and Canadian government representatives, public and private research funders, refugee-led organisations and international forced migration researchers from the Global South, North and East.

Online Panel Discussion

Rethinking international research partnerships: from old hierarchies to new forms of co-creation

June 30, 2022

Stakeholders involved: FFVT, LERRN, and academics from Brazil, Canada, Germany, Italy, Tanzania and Turkey 

Online Workshop

LERRN-RRN Webinar | Changing the Structures of Forced Migration Research

March 31, 2022

Stakeholders involved: LERRN, FFVT, IDRC, RRN