Austrian Academy of Sciences

Austrian Academy of Sciences, Institute for Urban and Regional Research (ISR)

The Institute for Urban and Regional Research is one of the leading institutes in the field of structural analysis of migration and immigrant population in Austria. It has a long tradition in this subject reaching back to the early 1980s, when the first guest-worker study was implemented. In the following years a large number of publications and research activities dealt with migration to Austria, its demographic and societal consequences and the different paths of integration of immi- grants into the Austrian society in general and the urban social setting in particular. In the 1990s after the Fall of the Iron Curtain there was a slight shift in research questions. The guest worker migration was losing its importance and the European East-West migration gained increasing interest for the ISR. The team for IMAGINATION includes a senior supervisor (Heinz Fassmann), two senior researchers (Josef Kohlbacher and Ursula Reeger) and a PhD-student (Maria Luzia Enengel).

Heinz Fassmann is Professor for Applied Geography, Regional Research and Spatial Planning at the University of Vienna, Managing Director of the Institute of Urban and Regional Research of the Austrian Academy of Sciences and Vice Rector for Human Resources Development and International Relations at the University of Vienna. He is author (or co-author) of more than 220 scientific articles and around 40 books, monographs or project reports. He is member of the Academia European and Full Member of the Austrian Academy of Sciences. His main fields of research include the linkages between spatial development, the societal change and the influence of the political system. He is specialized in the field of demography, especially migration, in urban geography and in spatial planning. Moreover, he has extensive experience in the spatial impacts of the transformation process in the Central European region.

Josef Kohlbacher is senior researcher at the ISR. From 1978 to 1985 he studied Sociology, Cultural Anthropology, Egyptology, History and German Literature at the University of Vienna where he obtained his PhD in 1984 and his Doctor of Social Sciences in 1985. In 1988 he started to work at the Austrian Academy of Sciences. He is especially interested in the topics East-West migration, xenophobia, the integration of ethnic minorities in the urban context and interethnic neighbourship relations in housing estates.

Ursula Reeger is senior researcher at the ISR since 1989. She studied Geography (Spatial Research and Regional Planning) at the University of Vienna and received her Phd in Geography in 1999. Her research interests include international migration, integration (both on the labour and the housing market), interethnic relations on the local level and migrant entrepreneurship. She has published on these subjects in a range of academic journals and books. She is a member of the IMISCOE Research Network.

Maria Luzia Enengel holds a Master’s degree in Geography of the University of Vienna (Spatial Research and Regional Planning). She has collaborated in the field of migration research within the ISR, her research interests include sustainable urban development (diploma thesis: “Green Cities in the European Union”); she is a student assistant at the Department of Geography and Regional Research (research and teaching, Mentoring Programme of the University of Vienna).

Erasmus University Rotterdam

Institute on Citizenship, Migration and the City (CIMIC)

From the Erasmus University Rotterdam an interdisciplinary team is formulated that will assume the coordinating role in the project. The Rotterdam team involves cooperation between the Department of Sociology and the Department of Public Administration. Both are represented in the interdisciplinary institute CIMIC, ‘Citizenship, Migration and the City.’ The cooperation between these two departments brings together the expertise on CEE migration and expertise on the governance of migration and integration that IMAGINATION requires. The following researchers will be involved in the Rotterdam team:

Prof. dr. Godfried Engbersen is since 1998 professor of sociology at the Erasmus University of Rotterdam. He is also the Research Director of the Sociology Department at the Erasmus University. Engbersen is Dutch correspondent for the continuous Reporting System on Migration (SOPEMI) of the OECD, and an elected member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Sciences (KNAW). Between 2001-2009 he was an elected member of the Dutch Advice Commission on Alien Affairs (2001-2009). He currently participates in a European NORFACE project on ‘Theorizing the Evolution of Migration Systems’ (THEMIS). Other research activities focus on the relationship between restrictive migration regimes and crime, local and transnational citizenship as well as liquid migration from Central and Eastern Europe. A selection of his publications include:

Dr. Peter Scholten is Associate Professor Public Policy & Politics at Erasmus University Rotterdam. In addition, he is associate researcher of the Center on Migration, Policy and Society at the University of Oxford. His research, publications and teaching focus on issues of governance in multicultural societies, and coordinator of the Erasmus research cluster on’ Governance of migration and integration in Europe.

Mark van Ostaijen MSc MA is a lecturer and PhD-student at the Department of Public Administration. He received his Master degrees in Leisure Studies and European Urban Cultures and studied at Tilburg University, Free University of Brussels, Manchester Metropolitan University and University of Art & Design Helsinki. He is specialized in the consequences of new forms of policy and politics.

Marije Faber, MSc is junior researcher at the Department of Sociology at the Erasmus University Rotterdam. In 2012 she received her Master’s degree in Grootstedelijke Vraagstukken en Beleid (Urban Problems and Policy) at the Erasmus University of Rotterdam. Her master thesis was about the relationship between integration, transnational practices and return intentions of CEE labour migrants in the Netherlands. She is specialised in the implementation of quantitative research, especially in the field of migration and citizenship studies.

Özyeğin University / Koç University

Founded in 2007, Özyeğin University’s mission is to create, share, and apply knowledge in the service of society. The applied research agenda throughout different programs of the university creates useful knowledge, which is shared through educational programs which transform the lives of students and society at large. The leading values of Özyeğin University are freedom, flexibility, multidimensionality and accessibility. Recently a blog has started on Migration Studies:

Dr. Deniz Sert is an asistant professor of international relations at Özyeğin University, Istanbul. Dr. Sert obtained her B.A. from Koç University, Department of International Relations in 2000, M.Sc. in European Studies from the London School of Economics in 2001, and PhD in Political Science from City University of New York in 2008.  After completing her PhD she joined the Migration Research Center at Koç University, MiReKoc, where she had conducted research in different projects on international migration within Turkey. Her areas of expertise are conflict, forced migration, international migration, irregular migration, transnationalism, border management and civil society.

Deniz K. Korfalı is a PhD candidate of Political Science and International Relations at Koç University, Istanbul.  Ms. Korfalı holds a MA in Human Rights Law from Istanbul Bilgi University, and a BA in International Relations from Koç University. Ms. Korfalı worked at the UNHCR Ankara Office and the ICMC Cultural Orientation Department in Istanbul.  She is also a researcher at the Migration Research Center at Koç University, MiReKoc, where she formerly held a research post in the EUMAGINE project, EC FP7.

Tuğba Acar is a MA student of International Relations at Koç University.  Ms. Acar holds a BA in political science from Bilkent University, Ankara. Before joining the IMAGINATION project, Ms. Acar worked as an intern at the Central Bank of Turkey, Greenpeace and Eskişehir Municipality.

University of Gothenburg

The University of Gothenburg covers approximately 40 Departments, making it one of Sweden’s broadest and most wide-ranging higher education institutions. The Department of Political Science consists of approximately almost one hundred employees concerned with forefront political research and education activities. The Department has been very successful in recent quality assessment rankings. A 2011 University of Gothenburg research quality evaluation deemed the Department ‘Excellent’. When the Swedish Science Foundation evaluated Swedish Political Science Study Programmes in 2012, the Department of Political Science scored higher than any other Swedish Department gaining top marks for both the Bachelor and the Masters Programs.

Prof. dr Jonas Hinnfors is Professor of Political Science at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. In addition he is Honorary Senior Researcher at the University of Stirling, Scotland (Division of History & Politics at the School of Arts & Humanities). Currently he is Chair of the Swedish Political Science Association (Swepsa). His research, publications and teaching focus on immigration, social democracy, political parties and welfare policies. Currently he is working on a project concerning immigration policies among mainstream political parties.

Andrea Spehar received her PhD from The University of Gothenburg, Sweden. She is currently a senior lecturer in political science at the University of Gothenburg, and researcher at Centre for European Research (CERGU). Her fields of interest comprise the political, social and gender equality developments in Central and Eastern Europe, gender approaches to public policies and theories of Europeanization, migration and political parties. Among others, her work has appeared in Journal of European Public Policy; Journal of Women, Politics & Policy, and Eastern European Politics & Societies.

Karin Zelano is Phd Candidate at the Department of political science, University of Gothenburg. She holds a Politices Magister from Uppsala University, including ERASMUS studies at master level at L’Institut d’études politiques (IEP) de Paris. Previous academic experience includes courses of Hispanic philology at Universidad de Complutense de Madrid.

Areas of special academic interest include issues related to multilevel governance, local governance, intra-EU mobility, CEE migration, migration, the welfare state, and democratic accountability.

Center for Migration Research Warschau

The Centre of Migration Research (CMR) is an interdisciplinary inter-faculty research unit of the University of Warsaw, specialising in studies on migration processes in Poland and in Europe.

30 researchers are currently affiliated with the CMR; among them five Professors, 13 researchers holding a PhD degree and 12 persons with a MA degree. Within the group, researchers with sociological and economic backgrounds predominate but such fields as demography, political science, administrative law, social anthropology and cross-cultural psychology are also represented.

Dr. Marta Kindler is since 2004 a research fellow at the Centre of Migration Studies, University of Warsaw. Her main fields of academic interest include temporary forms of migration, migrant domestic work, migrant integration and irregular migration. She published in various journals, including the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies.

Her publications in English include:

  • ‘Risky business? Ukrainian migrant women in Warsaw’s domestic work sector’. Amsterdam University Press: Amsterdam 2012,
  • “Integration: A supplementary driver of immigration?” (co-author) in: (eds.) Górny A., Grabowska-Lusińska I., Lesińska M., Okólski M. Immigration to Poland: policy, employment, integration. Scholar: Warszawa.

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